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Sally J

Actually, you're the one who claims it's a serious, even a normal concern. Where is your evidence ?

You could try reading the Wall Street Journal articles that Posner's original post was based on. It details people with Gaucher's disease and other rare diseases who directly benefit from the existence of the Orphan Drug Act.

Sylvain Galineau

W, if you are going to jump into an argument you were not part of, please acquaint yourself with the claims being made. It has been suggested earlier that pork was the most likely destination for these monies, and no evidence was ever provided to justify it. Given the spending distribution pattern, I claim that a) more evidence is needed to believe that would be the case b) there is no such evidence and c) therefore it is not a viable argument.

And I stand by it. I really do not care what adjectives you choose to use to qualify it. You are neither an authority nor does anyone need or seek your approval in this matter.

Moreover, it is perfectly reasonable to state that all things being equal and without actual evidence, this budget is actually more likely to be spent on Medicare than pork, the former being 10 times bigger than the latter and in huge need of funding. But it is pretty obvious the person making the argument is choosing the latter out of self-serving rhetorical convenince, to make her case look stronger than it is. Which is understandable since her case has no legs to stand on.

Matt

Hello Professors:

In your next column, please consider answering a question on everyone's mind: is it a Christmas tree or a holiday tree?

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