[lit-ideas] Re: Less Alienated Americans

Page 212 from Dr. Angell's book on pharma ... "Senator Frist [R.Tenn.] was 
quoted as saying [regarding appointing Dr. Alastar Wood as FDA commissioner], 
'There was a great deal of concern that he [Wood] put too much emphasis on 
[drug] safety.'  ... When the new FDA commissioner was finally appointed, he 
could not be more to the industry's liking.  Dr. Mark McClellan, brother of 
White House press secretary, Scott McClellan ... In ... his 'first 
international speech' in Mexico in 2003, [McClellan proposed] that the answer 
to the troublesome disparity in drug prices between the U.S. and other advanced 
countries was not to lower them here but to raise them there. ... [there is no 
reason the commissioner of the FDA] should even be discussing drug pricing in 
his official capacity since it is not within the FDA's purview.  In early 2004, 
 Dr. McClellan was moved to an even bigger job in the Bush administration - 
head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services."  (page 213)

Americans may be feeling less alienated, but the facts show that the 
Administration is as unconnected from them as it could possibly be.


Andy Amago





-----Original Message-----
From: Eternitytime1@xxxxxxx
Sent: Dec 28, 2004 11:59 AM
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [lit-ideas] Less Alienated Americans

HI,
So, this was intriguing. I suppose with Bush having won, there are a lot of 
people who feel that they had a 'part' in it, maybe?  (It's the only thing I 
can see which made a difference...) 

Marlena in Missouri

AMERICANS FEEL LESS ALIENATED

Americans report feeling less alienated than they
have in the recent past, according to the latest
Harris Poll's Alienation Index--a measure of
responses to five key issue areas. Fewer Americans
in 2004 believed:

* "Most people with power try to take advantage of
people like you" (53%, down sharply from 60% in
2003).

* "What you think doesn't count very much anymore"
(51%, down from 56%).

* "The people running the country don't really
care what happens to you" (44%, down from 46%).

* "You're left out of things going on around you"
(34%, down from 40%).

* "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer"
(68%, down insignificantly from 69%).

The total Alienation Index is 50, down four points
from 2003 and one of the lowest levels of
alienation since 1973.

The most-alienated segments of the U.S. population
are African Americans (Alienation Index 74),
Democrats (67), people with household incomes of
$25,000 or less (63), and Hispanics (62).

SOURCE: Harris Interactive,
http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index
.asp?PID=525
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