Monday, August 6, 2012

For the sake of argument

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that somebody invents a miracle anti-death drug. In a weird twist of events, let us say that the national association of funeral homes has a final say as to whether or not such drug can be brought to market, although it does not own the rights to it. Sounds preposterous? Well, this is all hypothetical, but I don't think this miracle drug would ever make it to market under these circumstances.

The idea above might sound silly. Well, let's try another one, closer to home and reality. Let us say cancer vaccines are developed, which obviously, have to be marketed by drug companies. We all know that drug companies make billions of dollars a year selling oncologic drugs. Do you think these vaccines would be easily brought to market and kill the golden egg goose? I don't think so.

Lastly, how about private prisons? I do believe government should stay out of most enterprises, but here is one area that I see private intervention with suspicion. Sure, normally private companies are more efficient, however, once you start turning the prison population into market share, profit centers and things of that sort, there will be another force in society which aim is the expansion of crime. The more crime, the more convictions, the greater demand for prisons etc..More lobbying, pressure on prosecutors to come up with more "clients" for the private jailers.

This sounds like an altogether stupid idea.

No price tag should be placed on certain things.

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