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Originally posted by marg6043
You are already taking care of them with you tax payer money is called, Wellfare.
In a society we are responsible not only for our own actions, but also how those actions affect others.
YOU are a part of this problem. Just because someone is poor does NOT mean that you have to take from someone that has earned it. What happens when all the "RICH" (anyone that actually has a job and makes money more than someone else) are out of work? WHO they hell are they going to get money from?
By virtue of what you say, we should come take everything you have from you so that you can be just like all the poor.
The more I read of this type of liberal handout agenda the more I can't wait for my time on this earth to be over. I am tired of paying taxes because I have to take care of some lazy ass slacker that realized he doesn't have to work, the government with redistribute the wealth so they are taken care of.
Originally posted by dawnstar
I'd be interested to know, just how much of the funding into this research is taxpayer money?
So you are saying that absolutley NO work to benefit ACTUAL research goes on? Sorry don't buy it.
Drug research costs much less than claimed
14. Drug companies claim to spend 17% of domestic sales on R&D, but more objective data reports they spend only 10% (National Science Foundation 2003). Thus, only 1.8% of sales goes to research for breakthrough new drugs (18% x 10%) (Love 2003).
15. Taxpayers pay for most research costs, and many clinical trials as well.
In 2000, for example, industry spent 18% of its $13 billion for R&D on basic research, or $2.3 billion in gross costs (National Science Foundation 2003). All of that money was subsidized by taxpayers through deductions and tax credits. Taxpayers also paid for all $18 billion in NIH funds, as well as for R&D funds in the Department of Defense and other public budgets. Most of that money went for basic research to discover breakthrough drugs, and public money also supports more than 5000 clinical trials (Bassand, Martin, Ryden et al. 2002). Taxpayer contributions are similar in more recent years, only
The $28+ billion per year the US government spends on the National Institutes of Health and the significant amounts spent on health care R&D in other federal agencies (CDC, DOE, DOD, NSF, FDA, etc) are highly valued resources for the entire global scientific community. These public sector expenditures on R&D are more than 25 basis points of US GDP. No other country comes close.