Time for Saxby Chambliss to look over his shoulder

The time has come for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to keep a close eye on the movements of certain people in Georgia. U.S. Rep. Tom Price, for instance.

A series of rubber-chicken speeches in venues such as Columbus or Macon or Ringgold, all far from the congressman’s home in Roswell, could mean that trouble’s afoot.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is up for re-election in 2014. AJC file

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is up for re-election in 2014. AJC file

We are now 16 days from the end of the presidential campaign. Which means we are only 17 days away from the 2014 campaign season and this all-important question: Which Republican will attempt to spoil Chambliss’ bid for a third term?

Georgia’s senior senator, who has been sailing close to the wind with his Gang-of-Six efforts to forge a bipartisan agreement and heal a $16 trillion federal deficit, has already conceded that he’ll have primary opposition. He most recently reported $1.4 million in campaign cash on hand, with two-years of fundraising ahead of him.

If Chambliss is lucky, his opponent will be merely symbolic. Perhaps an underfunded member of the tea party.

If he’s not, a well-funded member of the state’s congressional delegation will attempt to give himself a promotion, and the Georgia GOP will need to prepare itself for a wrenching, cut-throat battle likely to pit business-oriented, establishment Republicans against the party’s ideological wing.

GOP insiders are looking at two members of Congress in particular.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, says he has no interest in challenging U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambless. Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, says he has no interest in challenging U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambless. Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, had $1.8 million just sitting there in his campaign treasury as of Sept. 30. But over the last two weeks, through several back-channel paths, Gingrey has let it be known that he has no interest whatsoever in challenging Chambliss.

Price, who reported $1.6 million in available cash, has been more circumspect about a U.S. Senate run. But observers inside and outside the congressman’s circle say such a gamble could hinge on a number of factors, including:

Republican control of the U.S. Senate. With 23 of 33 seats up for grabs on Nov. 6 currently held by Democrats, GOP control was once considered a sure thing. Now it is only an even bet. But if Republicans are able to gain the upper hand, Chambliss is in line to become chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
His higher profile might discourage more serious opposition.

On the other hand, if the Senate remains in Democratic hands, there arises the possibility that Chambliss, 68, might decide to retire rather than wait another two years. He has offered no hint of this. But if that should happen, a raftful of Republicans – Price and Gingrey among them – would likely jump into the contest immediately.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, left, speaks with Congressman Tom Price R-Ga., and Betty Price before the first half of last Sunday’s game. AP/John Bazemore

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, left, speaks with Congressman Tom Price R-Ga., and Betty Price before the first half of last Sunday’s game. AP/John Bazemore

Price’s bid for a House leadership position. Shortly after next month’s vote, Republican members of Congress will elect their leadership team. The top three slots – Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California – isn’t likely to change.

But Price is in the midst of a campaign for chairmanship of the House GOP conference, the No. 4 position, and has the support of Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican nominee for vice president. Price is running against Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington, who is now conference vice-chairman.

House Republicans will have a difficult choice. Without McMorris Rogers, they’ll have no woman on their leadership team. Without Price, they’ll have no member from the GOP’s conservative Deep South stronghold.

Chances that Price would challenge Chambliss drop significantly if Price becomes chairman of the House Republican conference, we’re told. He would become part of Boehner’s leadership team. And Chambliss is one of Boehner’s best friends in Washington.

How a lame-duck Congress deals with the “fiscal cliff.” Current members of the House and Senate will be required, by the end of the year, to reach at least a temporary accord on a reduction of the federal deficit.

Without an agreement, signed by a President Barack Obama who may or may not be re-elected, the Bush-era tax cuts expire and a series of across-the-board budget cuts go into effect. Washington insiders expect Congress to kick the issue into next year – with a definitive budget deal to follow.

In the midst of those negotiations, Congress will also be asked again to raise the federal debt ceiling.
How a grand bargain is received by Republican grassroots is likely to be the largest factor in any measurement of Chambliss’ vulnerability.

And the strength of the tea party movement. If Mitt Romney loses his presidential bid, and if Republicans fail to take the U.S. Senate, tea party forces may take much of the blame for pushing Republicans too far rightward.

But a wounded tea party movement might be more dangerous for Chambliss than a happy one. Adherents would be looking for a way to reassert their clout, and the Georgia senator could become a tempting target. (Undeserved or not, the fact that his 2008 re-election bid required a runoff with Democrat Jim Martin marked Chambliss as a so-so campaigner.)

“If Obama does win, we will fight any politician who believes that the federal government doesn’t have enough money and that taxes should go up,” Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots wrote in a fundraising letter only a few weeks ago.

The tea party movement, in effect, would be fighting ”a two-front war,” she said. And two years from now, Chambliss could be caught in the crossfire.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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52 comments Add your comment

Doug

October 20th, 2012
9:51 am

Oh good. Hopefully all the Democrats in Georgia will vote in the Republican primary and give the GOP a Todd Akin-type candidate.

catlady

October 20th, 2012
10:37 am

“Chambliss is in line to become chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.” Oh my God. The only thing I can think of that is more ironic would be chair of the Armed Services Committee!

“(Undeserved or not, the fact that his 2008 re-election bid required a runoff with Democrat Jim Martin marked Chambliss as a so-so campaigner.)” But a h3ll of a golfer!

We need to be rid of Saxby, but Price is not an acceptable option.

Augusta Jim

October 20th, 2012
10:47 am

Let us not forget that Mr. Chambliss was almost defeated in 2008 when he narrowly avoided losing to a weak democrat opponent. Most credit the man behind Saxby’s campaign (Tom Perdue) for nearly running the good Senator into the ground. It was one of the worst campaigns in GA recent history.

If I remember correctly, Mr. Perdue went on the head up Democrats for Barnes in the 2010 Governor’s race, something I’m sure Governor Deal won’t forget.

If Mr. Perdue is organizing Saxby’s next campaign, a sitting congressman should give this a hard look. The seat is for the taking, despite Saxby’s better name recognition once you get to areas out here like Augusta, and the other non-metro Atlanta regions.

Jon Lester

October 20th, 2012
10:48 am

Maybe Chambliss and his eventual challenger will ruin each other in the primary, and the Democrat candidate will have a chance.

Nick

October 20th, 2012
11:05 am

That’s interesting, I’ll stick with Saxbe (who I’m not wild about) over “Tip Toe” Tom Price, my current congressman who I hear from about once a year. I’m seriously thinking about not voting for Tip Toe in the upcoming election because his game plan seems to be, to just run the clock out.

We’re stuck with this useless, bureaucratic OBamaCare program because DeLay and Price listened to the lobbyists instead of making a few positive changes to health care laws when Bush was President. Price never makes a stand or a decision until a lobbyist or RNC advisor tells him what to do.

td

October 20th, 2012
11:05 am

If Saxby gets beat it will be in the primary. Dems can not win a statewide race until they kick out all the libs from leadership positions.

Classic Conservative

October 20th, 2012
11:45 am

Saxby has waffled along as a senator showing Romney-like skills to shift with the tides. But, though I thought I never say it, I will take that style before accepting an extremist ideologue such as Price. Hand it to him, though. Price does the community service arm of his job well. People are always telling me how his office helped them with problems.
Why can’t we find someone to can help people who doesn’t have such a distorted political philosophy?

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October 20th, 2012
11:47 am

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Georgia

October 20th, 2012
12:00 pm

I haven’t thought about the Tea Party in months and months. Somehow, they’ve been left out of Romney’s campaign lexicon. I’ve decided that I’m voting for Romney. Maybe he can get the economy to where I can finally get a job that isn’t car sales. I sold cars for 18 months and quit last July because it’s corrupt from the top to the bottom. One time, I sold a used jeep to one of our troops stationed in Germany for the sticker price on the windshield. I went to the owner and told him about the deal. The owner realized that the day before he had put the same used car online for $4K less. I said, “Well, there’s goes my commission, but I’ll tell him now, he’ll be happy.” The owner of this dealership said, “Not so fast.” In real time he changed the online price back to the price in the windshield. This rich man’s default setting was on “FRAUD”. It shocked me. He looked at me and said, “This is okay, isn’t it?” He’s asking me? I had just started that job and needed it. I hesitated, and suddenly drew warning stares from two of the desk managers who had been following this entire exchange closely. So, to my perpetual shame, I agreed to the fraud. I realized that to sell cars you have to be a stinking crook. Luckily, the bank wouldn’t finance this airforce captain at the higher price and only approved the online sale price, so no harm was done except to my soul. But in the months I sold cars I witnessed fraud after fraud and kept my mouth shut. Until I accumulated so much self loathing that I simply walked away one night and never came back. No, you don’t get unemployment if you do that. (and yes I blame Obama for not growing the economy and making the owner so hungry for profit that he was willing to cheat one of our military guys). I earned about 100G’s in the year and a half I sold cars. I’m nothing special so if you want a job and you don’t care about being a crook, anyone can make the same money I did. 14 hour days. 7 days a week. you get very little time off. You have to be there. You really can’t even leave the lot for lunch. Good luck.

Vote for Romney so I can get an honest days wage for an honest days work.

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Mr_B

October 20th, 2012
2:17 pm

“(and yes I blame Obama for not growing the economy and making the owner so hungry for profit that he was willing to cheat one of our military guys)”

Why? Do you also blame the president for the Black Death, the rampaging Mongol hordes, and the Holocaust?

Please explain how the president is responsible for this scumbag’s personal greed. Then explain why you plan to vote for a guy who “grew the economy” by sending our jobs to China and his (formerly our) money to the Cayman Islands.

If you’re planing on voting for Romney, you’d better plan on following the jobs to Nicaragua and Malaysia, because that’s where they’ll be.

Joseph Wilson

October 20th, 2012
4:33 pm

It would be justice for Sen. Chambliss to be ousted by a Tea Party crazy after the nasty campaign he ran against Vietnam War hero Max Cleland in 2002. Chambliss was a draft dodger in Vietnam, but questioned Cleland’s patriotism during the campaign. It’a a mark of shame that Chambliss represents Georgia in the Senate.

Democrats will flood the Republican primary to vote for the most extreme Republican candidate in the primary. Their fear of Ralph Reed as lieutenant governor in 2006 helped to defeat him by a wide margin for the Christian Right Neanderthal, who was already planning to move up to governor in 2010 and President later. Now, he is just making millions as a Republican consultant to get the shrinking Christian radicals in line.

Anything could happen, Sen. Claire MacCaskill looks like a shoo-in for re-election. Thanks, Todd Akin for defending rape.

Wallis the Dog

October 20th, 2012
5:40 pm

Galloway, you old capon, we should be eternally grateful for Saxby’s successful dispatching of “Tax Max” Cleland. But Saxby’s love of all things ethanol has poisoned his legacy. He needs to go, along with the ethanol subsidies and tariffs.

GaBlue

October 20th, 2012
5:52 pm

FYI: Those aren’t women in Rep. Price’s binders full of women. Just sayin’.

red herring

October 20th, 2012
6:09 pm

the good lord help you if you ever really considered voting for max cleland. we need more people who want to stop the crazy spending in washington. haven’t seen that much from “go along and get along” chambliss—especially on the spending front. he needs to “man up” if he wants any more of my votes. we need more congressmen and senators like jim demint, marco rubio, rand paul, tom coburn. just stop throwing our tax dollars in the toilet on the green energy failures that obama has backed–let obama gamble with his own money not ours. if you want to invest in solar and batteries then do so on your own time. no problem with tax breaks for these companies just cut our losses at that level. it’s a wake up call saxby—- start cutting and stop spending. the old guard of the GOP had best heed this alarm ringing.

Rancid Tainted Tea

October 20th, 2012
6:26 pm

@Georgia

October 20th, 2012
12:00 pm
I haven’t thought about the Tea Party in months and months. Somehow, they’ve been left out of Romney’s campaign lexicon. I’ve decided that I’m voting for Romney. Maybe he can get the economy to where I can finally get a job that isn’t car sales.
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Romney get the economy where you can get a job?

heeheeheeheeheehee

That’s funny.

Romney has a JOB FOR YOU IN CHINA.

Ask the people in Freeport, IL about Romney giving their
jobs to CHINA.

Don’t get your hopes up.

Political Mongrel

October 20th, 2012
7:11 pm

Since the abomination of Suxby’s slanderous run against Max Cleland, I’ve never had an ounce of respect for him, and I never will. The sooner he’s gone, the better.

taco

October 20th, 2012
7:11 pm

When you look around at the half million illegal aliens in Georgia, who cost the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually, don’t forget that Saxby was the catalyst for stopping immigration enforcement nationwide – and it wasn’t because he’s a humanitarian.

“AS they fanned into the Vidalia onion fields of Georgia, the 45 federal agents were doing exactly what they thought they were supposed to do. It was 1998, and they had just arrested 21 illegal immigrant farm workers and were about to round up hundreds more.

. . . But the raid met with a stinging rebuke from what might have seemed a surprising source: two powerful Republicans from Georgia’s Congressional delegation.

Saxby Chambliss, then a representative and now a senator, accused immigration officials of using “bullying tactics,” while Senator Paul Coverdell denounced “a moonshine raid” against “honest farmers who are simply trying to get their products from the field to the marketplace.” The Immigration and Naturalization Service backed down, granting temporary amnesty to illegal onion pickers in 19 Georgia counties.” New York Times

cc

October 20th, 2012
8:59 pm

“The only thing I can think of that is more ironic would be chair of the Armed Services Committee!”

That would be nearly as bad as Obama being Commander-in-Chief! Oh, wait a minute . . . he isn’t, is he?

“Maybe Chambliss and his eventual challenger will ruin each other in the primary, and the Democrat candidate will have a chance.”

Not in this lifetime!

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I wonder why all the Cleland people here continue their tirades against Saxby, but they never mention the great harm done to Cleland by Mr. Georgia Dimocrat himself, Speaker Tom Murphy? I do believe it is the fact that Saxby is a Republican! Nothing said by Sxxby could have been any more critical of Cleland than was the statements made about Cleland by Murphy. Could it be that neither of them made any “slanderous” statements? Maybe both were simply telling the truth?

adam smith's invisible hand

October 20th, 2012
9:07 pm

The Tea Party ought to question what happened to their presidential candidate. Of course, they’ll still vote for romney, because they’re an organ of the GOP, but Willard Mitt is running as fast as he can from the GOP platform to try and woo moderates. He now supports abortion and keeping parts of Obama/Romneycare when he’s talking to large crowds. Of course, his staff immediately hits the right wing websites and says he was simply misunderstood. With his campaign misrepresenting Obama’s positions and him constantly changing (or lying about) his own, he might pull it off. God help us all if he does.

cc

October 20th, 2012
9:29 pm

“With his campaign misrepresenting Obama’s positions and him constantly changing (or lying about) his own, he might pull it off.”

His campaign is not misrepresenting Obama’s positions nor lying about or changing Romney’s positions. On the other hand, Obama himself, as well as his campaign staff, have constantly lied about Romney and his positions.

There is no “might” about Romney’s impending win: you may consider it a done deal. Just practice saying, “President Romney” because you’re going to hearing it for the next eight years. I very much look forward to being able to write in January, “At last, America’s long national nightmare is finally over!” as I watch Obama leave the White House for the final time.

taco

October 20th, 2012
9:59 pm

@cc
Now, tell me a western…

double

October 20th, 2012
10:10 pm

Poor cc he got hit in the rear with a rotten apple,one of the seeds stuck,he’s been hallucinating since.Sober up cc it’s not over until Romney concedes.

td

October 20th, 2012
10:53 pm

double

October 20th, 2012
10:10 pm

It is over my friend and it was over right after the first debate. Obama tried to portray Romney as a rich plutocrat and a corporate CEO type that did not care about anyone but himself. Obama spent almost $500 million with that message but Romney blew up all that in the first debate and 80 million people were watching.

Buymadeinusjobs

October 20th, 2012
11:32 pm

Are you a millionaire? if not are you one of 41% of Georgians that fit Rommey’s 47% that do not pay federal income and think yourself victims and entitled to government healthcare/food. Look at your family. Rommey’s video 5/14/12. cspan google Are you middle-class if you lose your job/have a hard attack you may be in 47% tommorrow. Where is U. S. Rommey manufacturing plant, paying good salaries? tBring some of his millions back to U. S, Actions speak louder than words.
All Republican senators and congressmen in Washington voted for Ryans Budget 2011,. It cut 17 billion from veterans programs , 35% from medicaid which pays for nursing home care/home health care, healthcare for children of low income/unemployed, food programs, etc. changed medicare. cut 5 trillion of wealthy tax. see cspan for budget , votes, bills, speeches etcLook at your whole family , how many people are receiving some benefit.
Remember wealthy gets more than you ever will, compare what you tax is as % of your earned income compared to Rommey’s 13% on his millions in earned carried interest. I am also afraid of more unpaid for wars, Rommey wants 2 trillion more dollars for defense but he said he would not increase millionaire’s taxes to pay for it so increased debt or increase in middle class tax.

BehindEnemyLines

October 20th, 2012
11:35 pm

Just about any remotely conservative challenger would be better than Sellout Sax.

Buymadeinusjobs

October 20th, 2012
11:36 pm

hard in line 6 should be heart

double

October 21st, 2012
12:58 am

I am truly amazed at the intelligence of today children.Some should follow their lead.

double

October 21st, 2012
1:05 am

Silent Jay

October 21st, 2012
4:52 am

Just try to pick a winner out of this bag of snakes.

Democratic Plantation Dweller

October 21st, 2012
6:20 am

Just vote for Obama…it is easier than getting a job.

DMac

October 21st, 2012
6:37 am

Tom Price is a Tea Party favorite. He behaves as an ideologue (voted against the Wall Street bailout). But, he also appears to be a bit arrogant.

Price is up for re-election and is refusing to debate his opponent. Sure, it’s unlikely that Price will lose the race, but he’s refusing to debate. That’s arrogant and I think most people would prefer that he stand on a stage and fight for his job.

cc

October 21st, 2012
7:50 am

Buymadeinusjobs:

“have a hard attack you may be in 47% tomorrow”

Such an “attack” probably means a future welfare claim . . .

Whirled Peas

October 21st, 2012
8:35 am

Georgia is a conservative state and deserves a conservative senator. Saxby is not conservative.
Herman Cain for Senate!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 21st, 2012
8:38 am

cc

October 21st, 2012
8:41 am

td, I rarely, if ever, disagree with you, but on the issue of the charter school amendment I must make an exception. Charter schools represent freedom of choice and the most basic of “local control”: a decision made by parents. I recommend to you the following article minus the comments of the all too predictable detractors. Virginia Galloway states the case far better than I can.

http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/09/24/charter-school-amendment-is-the-epitome-of-small-government/

cc

October 21st, 2012
8:42 am

Sorry! Meant to post the above on another blog!

Bob Loblaw

October 21st, 2012
9:09 am

Disagree, Jim. A wounded Tea Party candidate is Chambliss’ dream. Obama wins? They’ll give up and go back to the couch and gripe. Leaving the GOP and giving it back to those that have been a part of it for years.

Pete

October 21st, 2012
9:18 am

We would be making a big mistake to vote Saxby out of office. In order to get this country back on track, we have to have people in Congress who are willing to work together. Saxby is a credit to our state. But then GA voters have never been known for their intelligence. After all, we voted a crook in as Governor.

JoeFann

October 21st, 2012
10:05 am

Doesn’t matter to me. I’ll vote against Saxby. He’s past MY term limits. (Four for US Reps, two for US Senators.) The notion that political committee “leadership” positions play into any decision about what office to run for, is EXACTLY the problem with our current political system. Until we force a return to citizen politicians that serve the PUBLIC interest for a short time and return to private life, without enriching themselves at our expense, we cannot effect systemic change. Vote against incumbents exceeding those limits, regardless of party affiliation. Teach the RNC and DNC that they better recruit new talent constantly. Status quo has got to go! Welcome to the revolution!

Edward

October 21st, 2012
10:32 am

Oh sure, we so need someone heading the Armed Services committee who got four deferments from serving because of “bad knees”, but those “bad knees” didn’t stop him from playing college football. Once a lying cheat, always a lying cheat.

Edward

October 21st, 2012
10:33 am

Oh, and ol’ Saxby never met a farm subsidy he didn’t like (and profit from).

Don Myrick

October 21st, 2012
10:54 am

Most of us see the Tea Party’s insistence on spending restraint and adherence to the Constitution as reasonable, not extreme policy.

Why assume a Tea Party candidate would be under-funded? The Tea Party has achieved many victories in the past few years. The Tea Party is the active, involved and informed backbone of Conservatism (and the GOP for that matter).

If Romney loses, it will be because of the pusillanimous GOP establishment’s weaknesses.

cc

October 21st, 2012
10:59 am

double@October 20th, 2012 10:10 pm:

I do believe you’re suffering the early onset of dementia. You really should contact your physician. After all, you’ve covered under ObamaCare (for the time being), aren’t you? Oh, I forgot: that doesn’t begin until next year, does it? By this time next year, Obama and ObamaCare will be merely a distant, unpleasant memory.

Bob Loblaw

October 21st, 2012
11:21 am

@cc: Learn the law! Those without coverage because insurance companies wouldn’t sell them a policy have coverage under Obamacare. More doubletalk about a “distant memory” as well! You think Mitt, who authored the same thing, is going to turn it up on its head? You trust Mitt? Sorry, really? The guy has taken different positions on every issue from abortion to immigration to taxes…I could go on.

Your handle, cc, is what you’ll be seeing for the next 4 years: a carbon copy of the last four. Mitt? Seriously?

Rafe Hollister

October 21st, 2012
11:59 am

a carbon copy of the last four.

I forgot it is Halloween. You are trying to scare the bejesus out of us, right!

Sax needs to be defeated in the primary, Price would be a better Senator for GA, but I’m not sure he is the best candidate. Surely, we can come up with a good candidate, maybe Jack Kingston or John Linder?

cc

October 21st, 2012
12:11 pm

Bob Loblaw:

“Mitt? Seriously?”

Yes, Mitt, seriously! Mitt is a businessman, and a very successful businessman. He understands that to grow the job market, ObamaCare must be neutralized. This will encourage the growth in jobs of established businesses as well as allowing more new business start-ups. Mitt knows that if ObamaCare is left intact, it will stifle the job growth in America. To ignore the affect ObamaCare has on business and jobs is to ignore the obvious.

If you don’t know that ObamaCare has negatively impacted the job market, you simply haven’t been paying attention.

Eli

October 21st, 2012
12:27 pm

Truth be told, it does not really matter is Saxby loses a primary. He is a far right winger, his replacement will be too.

Depending on the outcome of the election I may not be living in the U.S. much longer. It think it is wonderful that I will be getting about $15k in tax deductions this year for outsourcing my firms IT dept overseas, but the flip side is that if Romney wins the election my company will no longer be able to profitably conduct business in the U.S (thank you Foreign Tax Credit).

I have discussed my profession before: I have a small bio-tech firm here with locations here in Atlanta, in Pasadena, and Austin. We are in the research industry and most of our work does not generate profits for years. This is where conservatives seem to not understand the role of government and the workings of the market. The market is interested in quarterly gains; the government is concerned with the next quarter of a century. Ever wonder why we haven’t cured the common cold? It is more profitable to sell NyQuil over and over again to consumers than cure the virus itself. This creates all sorts of market inefficiencies that the public bears the costs of. It is not all that unusual for the immune deficient (infants, some children, and the elderly) to require hospitalization for the common cold. Guess who pays for that? All of us. Who benefits? Well, Vicks does. So do other drug makers who sell band-aid solutions to our problems.

Why is this all a problem? Well, if Romney wins and has a majority in the House grants for scientific research with public health implications look as if they will be cut nearly entirely. This will be a problem for people like me as well as those who do research in universities across the country. These types of grants for scientific research are in large part the main reason why the US has lead the world in scientific research by leaps and bounds. In other words, America is where the action is at…for now. Our university systems, their endowments, and grant programs create an environment that attracts the brightest researchers from around the world. We have three times as many nobel laureates than any other country. If Romney wins and gets his way…move aside America. Western Europe, Japan, and China will be the new epicenters of scientific discovery. Research is expensive and the benefits usually come in the form of progress rather than profit.

It may sound like a conspiracy, but if my firm cured breast cancer at a research cost of $150billion (which would be cheap), we would need to charge a few million per patient to break even. The great thing about government is that is provides public goods. My issuing research grants to people like me and my colleagues, when we cure breast cancer…that cure will not be owned by a private company. It will be owned by the American people.

double

October 21st, 2012
12:32 pm

cc stop picking on me.You cc post to TD/Td to cc.Now talk about dementia,I think you are just plain old crazy.Also you are a R.Just all adds up.As for Mitt the corporate raider,he has harmed the poor working class enough from taking their jobs,and shipping them off to China/other countries to completely dismantling the co’s they worked with.
Good article on your Gov.and more Hall co. property in todays news.

cc

October 21st, 2012
12:44 pm

“cc stop picking on me”

I’m not “picking on” you, double. If you’ll look back, you started this. I had not addressed you, but you had to chime in with your inane comment at 10:10 pm last night, and you added to that in your comments in your last post.