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Thursday, February 24, 2005

National Institute Of Hypocrisy

In an act that The Peach sees as the fox guarding the foxes, National Institutes of Health investigators have cleared most of their fellow NIH researchers of engaging in secret deals with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. This comes months after a congressional committee's discovery that about 100 scientists had failed to notify the agency of outside deals that they were involved in.

This is the problem with the Bush form of regulation. Since he has taken office he has promoted the need for companies, institutes and agencies to regulate themselves, rather than allowing an external and impartial group keep watch. What the NIH findings proves is that this form of policing doesn't work. Self-regulators are more concerned with their image than they are with investigating improprieties in order to protect and more honestly serve the public.

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