Cato Unbound » Blog Archive » Libertarians and Corporate Power: Actions Speak Louder Than Words The economic distortions and inequities created by government granted patent and copyright monopolies are enormous.
While there may be areas in which patents are an effective policy for promoting innovation, the abuses associated with patents for prescription drugs should be libertarians’ poster child for government policy gone crazy. The country is projected to spend almost $250 billion for prescription drugs this year (more than $800 per person). In the absence of government patent monopolies, we would spend close to one-tenth of this amount. Those generic drugs that Wal-Mart can profitably sell for $4 a prescription are not chemically distinct from the brand name drugs that can cost several hundred dollars.
Okay. Let's make a few libertarian-friendly bailouts for the sake of the economy.
Close the patent office for the next 10 years.
End all copyright protection cases and all allow for copyright infringement for the next 10 years. That might help the newspaper and media industries -- including the sale of flat-screen TVs.
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Another huge problem brewing is the cost of malpractice to doctors and the resulting loss of doctors in Pennsylvania. It OBG Docs are few and far between. They might all flee if something isn't done soon. Cap all medical harm cases to >$200,000 plus the cost of care into the futute.
The EPA, the FDA, the War On Drugs -- are all costly and different changes can be made with a new category of governmental saction. Outlaw all drug company advertisements to consumers for 10 years.
If you really want a stimulus package -- we can do that.
Allow those that suffer from the pollution to sue those make the pollution.
Wild haired suggestions are flying around like crazy. The pigs are in heaven. Let's get a grip on what really matters.
Stop investing in bombs.
Just sent to KDKA-Radio's Marty G:
Marty's comments about fixes from the bottom up do NOT wash as his target isn't really the bottom.
Helping the poor isn't what is being suggested with offered-solutions.
Say, "From the middle-up" is okay.
"From the bottom-up" is a lie.
The poor can't, won't and should not benefit from a tax credit for the purchase of a new car nor for hosting, yet alone attending, an office christmas party.
The one solution he does speak of that is more for the poor is for the bailout to the poor municipalities such as Clariton and the Mon Valley.