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On John Walters, “Drug Czar”

Here’s Geoffrey Norman in the American Spectator reacting to the nauseating (so to speak) comments by Bush’s ‘Drug Czar’ on Raich:

“You would think a man with $35 billion to spend would have more important things on his agenda than doing an end-zone dance over the bodies of a few cancer patients looking for a little relief from the side-effects of chemo.”

Ouch.

It’s good to see some attention being focussed on the administration’s role in this miserable fiasco. Yes, the court ruled in the way it did, but the case was pursued by Bush’s administration, and the president should take responsibility for it. Reduce his efforts to their essence and you are left with two things: (1) a message to the sick that says ‘drop dead, painfully’; and (2) the information that federalism is meaningless.

Some compassion. Some conservatism.

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