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catbag Two items pertaining to the real nature of “the free market.”

Item 1: Existing Business Markets Depend on State Suppression of Basic Information

In 2003, researchers at a federal agency proposed a long-term study of 10,000 drivers to assess the safety risk posed by cellphone use behind the wheel.

They sought the study based on evidence that such multitasking was a serious and growing threat on America’s roadways.

But such an ambitious study never happened. And the researchers’ agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, decided not to make public hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers — in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress.

On Tuesday, the full body of research is being made public for the first time by two consumer advocacy groups, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the documents. The Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen provided a copy to The New York Times, which is publishing the documents on its Web site.

Item 2: Corporate Capitalists Know Private Enterprise is Often Inferior to Public Enterprise

A government-run public [medical insurance] plan would have “unfair advantage over private plans, eventually crowding out private plans from the marketplace,” said Bruce Josten, executive vice president of government affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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hce
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hce

It’s amazing there’s not more of this stuff — inadvertent truth telling. There’s a heck of alot of people in the national gov to keep in ideological lock-step with only the coercive tools of career and conformity.

Michael Dawson
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My guess is that there is a lot more of it. Corporate journalism, though, avoids it like the plague. Even when they transmit the occasional bit, they never explain the point.

hce
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hce

Michael: check out this article on the public option health plan on the physicians for a national health plan blog:

http://www.pnhp.org/blog/2009/07/20/bait-and-switch-how-the-%E2%80%9Cpublic-option%E2%80%9D-was-sold/

Best comment on why the watered down version going through Congress can’t succeed.

Vlad
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Vlad

So it’s still legal to use a mobile phone while driving in the US???

They need a study to prove it’s a risk???