Conservative Democrats and Republicans have for decades been fooled over the mantra of small government to lower taxes and spur business growth and job creation. We all see what always happens with small government-----fraud, corruption, deregulation, and consolidation of corporations making markets crony and not free. IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME FOLKS--- POWER CORRUPTS AND IT TAKES AS MUCH AS IT CAN.
Small government is what has Clinton and Obama neo-liberals dismantling all these Federal agencies tasked with keeping the public safe and healthy. Now, all that money that created tons of jobs in oversight and accountability----you know, the tens of millions of Americans pushed into long-term unemployment----has simply moved to subsidize corporate profit---THERE IS NO TAXPAYER MONEY SAVED AND THEY WILL NOT REDUCE TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE WORKING AND MIDDLE-CLASS.
Below you see what we need to reinstate all over America and especially in Maryland and Baltimore----PUBLIC HEALTH. It is all of the field offices that checked our food, air, water and found and penalized polluters that protect us. Movement towards Trans Pacific Trade Pact that seeks to allow global corporations to come to the US and ignore all these environmental laws needs to have all of that oversight dismantled. In Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been the city's public health for decades and Hopkins is the most global corporate neo-conservative institution in the world so we know Hopkins is not monitoring for public health. It uses all of the taxpayer funding coming to public health to advance corporate profits especially its own profits.
The FDA, Department of AG, EPA, and Center for Disease Control all had field offices all over the nation filled with working people creating data in the public interest and that is what Reagan/Clinton and Bush/Obama have dismantled sending all of that funding to push corporate profits instead.
So far we see a lot of global corporations partnering with these bio-tech parks and more restaurants both of which are of no value for jobs for Baltimore citizens. $1 billion was spent to build a global corporate headquarters for Hopkins that needs to come back to the citizens and that is what makes Baltimore ground zero for Expanded and Improved Medicare for All. I spoke of helping Hopkins return to being a small private college as it is minus all of the taxpayer money and fraud it took over decades. Today we will talk about rebuilding all of the public health field offices that protect Baltimore citizens from water, air, and environmental contamination.
Field Science and Laboratories
The success of FDA activities to protect the public health often depends on the ability of the Agency's laboratories to quickly and accurately analyze samples. To prevent distribution of a product that has been found to be in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, FDA uses its field laboratories to analyze samples and report results for regulatory action.
The Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) operates 13 high throughput field laboratories, located strategically across the continental United States and Puerto Rico, to support FDA's mission to protect the public health and to create new knowledge in the field of regulatory science. Below are profiles for each of ORA's 13 field laboratories.
ORA's Laboratory Manual, now available in the left navigation area, is the reference manual for FDA laboratory personnel. It provides FDA personnel with information on internal procedures to be used as an agency policy for testing consumer products, training of laboratory staff, report writing, safety, research, review of private laboratory reports and court testimony.
Teavolve, biotech firms take space at Hopkins research park
Apr 14, 2011, 1:32pm EDT
Tevolve is among the latest tenants coming to the John G. Rangos Building at the Hopkins… more
The Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins in East Baltimore has signed four new tenants — two biotechnology companies and two restaurants.
Teavolve, a cafe and lounge in Harbor East, plans to open a second location at the John G. Rangos Building next April. It will be joined by Cuban Revolution, a Cuban fusion eatery.
In addition to the eateries, new life sciences companies coming to the East Baltimore complex are Personal Genome Diagnostics, a cancer diagnostics company focused on personalized medicine, and Inostics, a German diagnostics company focused on improving cancer drug development. It is not known how many people will work for either new tenant at the biopark.
The new tenants will bring the nearly 300,000-square-foot Rangos building to occupancy of more than 80 percent.
The leases were announced by Gov. Martin O’Malley at a press conference Thursday morning.
The Science + Technology Park is part of a larger $1.8 billion East Baltimore Development Inc. project.
Keep in mind these bio-tech parks were paid for by Federal taxpayer money and Obama and Congressional neo-liberals sent hundreds of billions of dollars more to build these research labs that are then rented to product mill global corporations. Know who does not get to access personalized medicine which is all of the new molecular and technology based health care? Over 80% of Baltimore citizens. Know why a German global corporation takes the space at this public facility? Global corporations ignore sovereign law and pay no taxes as is true of all of these bio-tech park corporations including Hopkins.
If you look below the same language is being used for this deregulation of health care as is used for the K-12 education privatization----WE MUST HAVE LOTS OF CHARTERS THAT CATER TO ALL KINDS OF LEARNING. That translated into vocational K-12 as job training with tons of private education startups that will look just like the for-profit higher education that took $1 trillion dollars in corporate fraud and people's tuition while doing nothing for the people. We already know that is what all of this personalized medicine will do. As a scientist I worked for decades in medical research programs from biomarkers to genetic mutation and what we do know is almost none of the research has produced useful medical procedures----it simply sends tons of money for research and development of tools all of which are patented for profit.
Also, the people receiving these specialized treatments will be the rich from around the world----the health tourists -----not Baltimore citizens.
So, all of that Federal money sent to build what are corporate health research facilities doing research that is already known to be marginal with any real success being patented and limited to the most wealthy-----
DOES THAT SOUND LIKE AN EFFECTIVE USE OF TAXPAYER MONEY WHICH NOW IS PAID ONLY BY THE WORKING AND MIDDLE-CLASS AND NOT CORPORATIONS?
Of course not. That is why these bio-tech park facilities simply need to be transformed into public health field offices and labs as described above. THEY BELONG TO THE PUBLIC SO WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THEM WORK FOR OUR PROTECTION.
What these global corporate crooks are doing it simply making of medicine what Microsoft has made of APPS....most of what is created will be useless, harmful, or both and it will be marketed overseas to a middle-class no longer in America.
Challenges in Gene Therapy?
Gene therapy is not a new field; it has been evolving for decades. Despite the best efforts of researchers around the world, however, gene therapy has seen only limited success. Why?
Gene therapy poses one of the greatest technical challenges in modern medicine. It is very hard to introduce new genes into cells of the body and keep them working. And there are financial concerns: Can a company profit from developing a gene therapy to treat a rare disorder? If not, who will develop and pay for these life-saving treatments?
Many genetic disorders that can potentially be treated with gene therapy are extremely rare, some affecting just one person out of a million. Gene therapy could be life-saving for these patients, but the high cost of developing a treatment makes it an unappealing prospect for pharmaceutical companies.
Let's look at some of the main challenges in gene therapy.
Companion Diagnostics are the Key to Personalized Medicine for Cancer Personalized medicine
-- also known as targeted medicine or precision medicine -- is a rapidly-evolving area of healthcare in which treatment for a medical condition such as cancer is tailored to the individual patient and his or her biology. There should be no one-size-fits-all approach to medicine. The goal of personalized medicine is to prescribe the right medicine to the right patient at the right time and avoid the trial-and-error treatment paradigm.
If, for example, a woman has ovarian cancer caused by a genetic mutation, personalized medicine may enable her to be treated with a chemotherapy shown to be effective in individuals with that specific mutation.1
Companion diagnostics are the medical tests that make personalized medicine possible. Designed to be paired with a specific drug, companion diagnostics help healthcare professionals determine which patients could be helped by that drug and which patients would not benefit, or could even be harmed.
Unlike other laboratory developed tests, companion diagnostic tests are reviewed and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is the gold standard for ensuring safety, effectiveness and quality. FDA approval gives physicians confidence they are receiving the highest quality test result on a consistent basis.
Keep in mind that it was HUD funding that went to build this global health campus----and HUD has always been the ones protecting low-income families from unsafe housing and communities from corporate polluters.
Today, HUD under Clinton/Obama neo-liberals have sent all that funding from field offices working to protect to these huge Enterprise Zone projects and now their job is to approve all development sites and plans that maximize the profits for these global corporations. Baltimore City pols passed laws over a few years that make it harder for tenants to sue landlords for health damage and the city has basically stopped paying claims made as a step away from any protections for environmental health issues. This is all happening as Trans Pacific Trade Pact seeks to bring factory live-in sweat shops that will literally kill workers with toxicity from where they work and live onsite.
So, we would want all of that HUD money sent to build Hopkins Bio-tech park for rich global corporations to house newly opened environmental health field offices.
REMEMBER YOU CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS------FEDERAL FUNDING AND TAXES ARE NOT SAVED WITH SMALL GOVERNMENT----IT SIMPLY MOVES TO CORPORATE SUBSIDY!
HUD Plans East Baltimore Biotech Park7-27-2003Baltimore, Md.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is planning the East Baltimore Development, a new biotechnology park in Maryland. Located north of Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, the park will be the cornerstone of a new planned community as part the revitalization of East Baltimore. A $22-million loan will fund the development.
HUD Environmental Staff Contacts
HUD has expert staff in locations around the country to assist persons involved in the environmental review of HUD-funded projects. The first step should be to contact them via email with any questions that you cannot answer by browsing the basic information available on this web site.
Headquarters Environmental Staff: HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy includes various national level specialists headquartered in Washington, DC.
Program Environmental Clearance Officers: Program Officers that are knowledgeable about specific program areas within HUD may be able to provide additional information about environmental issues pertaining to their area.
Regional and Field Environmental Officers: Locate your nearest HUD professional environmental staff person who can help you understand how to use the environmental assessment process to improve the quality of your project.
What this basically says is that human capital restructuring now let's Federal employees go and brings on private contractors who are aligned with the goal of using these agencies to boost profit and not be worried about all of the health safety issues in HHS and EPA. Since all of the connections of Federal agencies are now geared to these product mills that really have very little to do with public interest and often harm the public----they need to be able to rotate people in and out just as is done with the Wall Street SEC and FED----working for Wall Street and not protecting the American people.
A century of Federal employees tasked with protecting the public are being replaced at the top down by corporate interest people. I attended a progressive meeting that looked at what was done with all those Federal lawsuits against polluters like the Gulf Oil Spill and the first thing that these Federal agency people wanting to be public interest said----IT DOES NOT COME TO THE DEPARTMENTS TASKED WITH PROTECTION AND OVERSIGHT.
All of this can reverse easy peasy by simply converting all of these facilities paid for with public money to the purpose of public protection and corporate oversight. Baltimore is filled with what used to be public health having worked for decades as subsidized businesses designed NOT to see safety/health issues.
EXPANDED AND IMPROVED MEDICARE FOR ALL MAKES JOHNS HOPKINS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL CENTER NOT ONLY PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTIONS BUT REBUILDS THE PUBLIC INTEREST FIELD OFFICES OF ALL THESE FEDERAL AGENCIES.
Know who is hired at the above jobs? Baltimore citizens at basic high school grad level and college grads as management. Doing this not only balances the wealth inequity created by top up high salaries ----it broadens what kinds of degrees are needed to get hired. Remember, when American had universities with broad degree interests-----all college grads knew they could work for the government at these oversight and accountability agencies until they found private jobs. This is why so many college grads today are unemployed or working at poverty jobs.
Know who all of those hired as exceptions in these Federal agencies tasked with protecting citizens but working to protect corporate profit? Corporate executives being paid a corporate salary. The State of Maryland has its state agencies filled with these corporate executive pay imbalances.
Human Capital: HHS and EPA Can Improve Practices Under Special Hiring Authorities GAO-12-692: Published: Jul 9, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2012.
Contact: Robert N. Goldenkoff
Office of Public Affairs
What GAO Found
What GAO Found
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) use of special hiring authorities under 42 U.S.C. §§ 209(f) and (g) has increased in recent years. Nearly all HHS Title 42 employees work in one of three HHS operating divisions: the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Title 42 employees at HHS serve in a variety of areas, including scientific and medical research support and in senior, director-level leadership positions. At NIH, one-quarter of all employees, and 44 percent of its researchers and clinical practitioners, were Title 42 appointees. HHS reported that Title 42 enables the agency to quickly fill knowledge gaps so medical research can progress and to respond to medical emergencies. HHS further reported Title 42 provides the compensation flexibility to compete with the private sector. In 2010, 1,461 HHS Title 42 employees earned salaries over Executive Level IV ($155,500 in 2010). HHS does not have reliable data to manage and provide oversight of its use of Title 42 because the section authority used to hire Title 42 employees is not consistently recorded into personnel systems. Moreover, HHS did not consistently adhere to certain sections of its 209(f) policy. For example, the policy states that 209(f) appointments may only be made after non-Title 42 authorities have failed to yield a qualified candidate, but GAO found few instances where such efforts were documented. HHS has recently issued updated 209(f) policy that addresses most of these issues. HHS is developing agencywide policy for appointing and compensating fellows under 209(g), but it is not clear the policy will address important issues such as documenting the basis for compensation. Since 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has used section 209(g) to appoint 17 employees. Title 42 employees lead scientific research initiatives and some manage or direct a division or office. According to EPA officials, Title 42 provides the flexibility to be competitive in recruiting top experts who are also sought by private industry, academia, and others. Also, Title 42 provides the appointment flexibility needed to align experts with specific skills to changing scientific priorities. Fifteen of EPA’s 17 Title 42 employees earned salaries over Executive Level IV in 2010. EPA appointment and compensation practices were generally consistent with its guidance; however, EPA does not have postappointment procedures in place to ensure Title 42 employees meet ethics requirements to which they have previously agreed.
Why GAO Did This Study
HHS and EPA have been using special hiring authority provided under 42 U.S.C. §§209(f) and (g)—referred to in this report generally as Title 42 or specifically as section 209(f) or section 209(g)—to appoint individuals to fill mission critical positions in science and medicine and, in many cases, pay them above salary limits usually applicable to federal government employees. GAO was asked to assess the extent to which HHS and EPA have (1) used authority under sections 209(f) and (g) to appoint and compensate employees since 2006, and (2) followed applicable agency policy, guidance, and internal controls for appointments and compensation. GAO analyzed agency Title 42 data, interviewed agency officials, and conducted file reviews.
What GAO Recommends
GAO recommends HHS (1) ensure section authority—209(f) or 209(g)—be consistently entered in appropriate personnel systems, (2) systematically document how policy requirements were fulfilled when hiring or converting 209(f) employees, and (3) ensure agency-wide 209(g) policy currently in development provides guidance for documenting the basis for employee compensation. GAO recommends EPA develop and document a systematic approach for ensuring Title 42 employees are compliant with ethics requirements after appointment. HHS agreed with GAO’s recommendations, while EPA disagreed, citing certain actions already taken. GAO acknowledges EPA’s plans to address these issues, but maintains the recommendation is needed to ensure implementation.
Rebuilding our Federal, state, and local agencies tasked with protecting the public interest will rebuild the job structures that had all education levels able to stay employed while looking for other work---it was the progressive full-employment plan that worked at the same time to fill these EPA, FDA, Department of AG job vacancies. Not having these job categories is moving college grads to VISTA part time jobs and moving government employees en masse from entry-level jobs.
Clinton neo-liberals and Republicans deliberately created this job vacuum just to keep Americans desperate for work and to kill all oversight and accountability so corporations can go wild with fraud and pollution.
Meanwhile, the people getting hired into these Federal agencies are all Ivy League grads-----corporate committed people ----moving from private sector to take the public sector private. Remember, all of the Federal funding that used to go to these jobs are simply being diverted to corporate subsidy and it simply needs to move back as we rebuild public health and safety.
What we know is happening is the job availability in government is dropping, the salaries are climbing as the people being hired are coming from Ivy League schools. This reflects the vocationalization of K-12 public schools where working and middle-class children are being tracked to poverty jobs.
If we continue to allow government agencies be culled of employees, to have new hires coming from Wall Street Ivy League schools----add to this Trans Pacific Trade Pact that will have wealthy foreign immigrants taking many of these government jobs and VOILA----90% of Americans are in poverty jobs and/or unemployed.
So, simply reversing the dismantling of many of these Federal, state, and local jobs will reverse this impoverishment----it will continue to allow main street to fill government positions so move government functions to that of protecting the public interest.
JUST THINK OF HOW THIS REVERSION IN BALTIMORE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH BACK TO FUNCTIONING AS OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY WOULD REBUILD EMPLOYMENT AND WAGE SECURITY.
284,000 College Graduates Had Minimum-Wage Jobs Last Year Posted: 03/31/2013 4:27 pm EDT Updated: 04/02/2013 4:32 pm EDT Huffington Post
About 284,000 Americans with college degrees were working minimum wage jobs last year, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s 70 percent more college grads working for the minimum wage than 10 years ago. Still, the number is down from its 2010 high of 327,000.
As unemployment skyrocketed during the economic downturn, job opportunities for everyone -- including college graduates -- narrowed and low-wage work began to replace steady middle-class jobs. Three-fifths of the jobs lost during the recession paid middle-income wages, while the same share of the jobs created during the recovery are low-wage work, according to an August study from the National Employment Law Project.
The result: Nearly half of the college graduates in the class of 2010 are working in jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree and 38 percent have jobs that don’t even require a high school diploma, according to a January report from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The report called into question whether too much public money is being spent on providing students with degrees that make them overqualified for the only jobs that are available.
But it’s not only the government shouldering the cost of a college degree. Household student loan debt soared to a record in 2010, with nearly one in five American households burdened with college debt. And with the weak job market, recent graduates are going to have an increasingly tough time paying that debt off. The median wage for those with a bachelor’s degree is down from a decade ago, according to the Associated Press.