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Senator Elizabeth Warren proposes new law to let Big Pharma buy its way out of criminal convictions


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(NaturalNews) Those infamous last words once spoken by Barack Obama -- if you own a business that you built from the ground up, you didn't actually build it -- apparently had a lasting effect on some members of Congress. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), seemingly reflective of this sentiment, recently told a conference room full of people that, because the government supposedly helped create pharmaceuticals and vaccines (with taxpayer money), it deserves a kickback every time a drug company is convicted of engaging in criminal behavior.

Rather than chastise the drug industry for committing countless crimes against humanity throughout the course of its existence, Sen. Warren emphasized only increased financial penalties so that the feds can get a larger cut of the spoils following a conviction. Drug companies shouldn't actually be punished for their crimes, in other words, with executives going to prison and licenses being revoked -- Sen. Warren thinks there merely needs to be a "swear jar," of sorts, for when a drug company needs a little time-out to pay the piper.

"We celebrate the accomplishments of our pharmaceutical industry because these blockbuster drugs let people live longer, healthier lives," Warren said at a recent meeting of the Families USA Health Action Conference in Washington, D.C., her statements likely accompanied by a resonant "ka-ching" sound inside her own head.

Warren went on to claim that the federal government helped build all these amazing "medical innovations," which kill upwards of 100,000 people in the U.S. annually, it turns out. And since the feds essentially acted as drug and vaccine investors from the start -- on the taxpayer dime, of course -- they deserve a cut of the profits, in Warren's view.

Instead of taxing the industry directly, though, Warren has proposed the next best thing -- taxing the crimes of the drug industry, which are many. Warren knows that Big Pharma is all about breaking the law for a buck, which is why she wants to start fining the industry for committing felonies in the same way that traffic violators are given citations. In her mind, intentionally selling a drug that kills thousands of people is no different from parking too long at the meter.

"It's like a swear jar," stated Warren about her ridiculous new revenue-generating scheme. "Whenever a huge drug company that is generating enormous profits as a result of federal research investments gets caught breaking the law -- and wants off the hook -- it has to put some money in the jar to help fund the next generation of medical research."

Federal government openly admits drug industry is like family

So just to make sure we're clear, Warren very clearly thinks that the drug industry is no more menacing than a disobedient child who occasionally needs his weekly allowance taken away for talking back to his mother. And when that same child doesn't eat his peas, it's a timeout in the corner and no dessert for you, mister!

Except, in this case, we're talking about corporate monoliths committing violent crimes against the public for profit. Warren's simplistic and foolish comparison of a child throwing a few pennies into a jar for saying a bad word, with an industry that releases deadly drugs like Vioxx, which killed more than 60,000 people before being pulled off the market, is utter insanity.

But this represents the true character of America's leaders today -- protect the evil, prosecute the just, and rake in the dough. If Warren's proposal passes, she may end up with plenty of cash in her pocket. But she will also have blood on her hands, and likely an eternity of torment for her soul.

Sources:

http://cnsnews.com

http://www.collective-evolution.com

http://www.bbc.com

http://www.theweek.co.uk

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