Arvin Fluharty, Ph.D., a pioneer biochemist in Thin Layer Chromatography and Atomic Absorption Spectraphotometry, shocked an auditorium of researchers at a gathering in1969 (and was almost booed off of the stage), by espousing his fear that "We might never cure cancer for the simple reason that we now have more people living off of it than dying from it!" Dr. Fluharty predicted that the major "breakthroughs" in bringing cancer-curing drugs to market would be made through the efforts of for-profit American drug companies that recouped their research expenses by selling the cancer-curing doses as opposed to living off of government grants. In other words, he dared to suggest the all too obvious conflict of interest in a circumstance where success puts you out of business. Have you ever noticed that the first goal of an "Ad Hoc" committee is to find a way to guarantee its perpetuity? Particularly if they hold their meetings at a swank restaurant or the Broadmoor Hotel at someone else's expense.
To illustrate my point, I offer one of my favorite stories about "Joe," the head of the U.S. Navy's anti-fouling paint development program. Barnacles and other marine organisms attach themselves and grow on the sides of our fighting ships and can significantly add to the drag, affecting the speed and fuel consumption of the ship. Many of us suspected that Joe had solved the problem early in his career. We jokingly suggested that his Nobel Prize winning accomplishment was in his showing the Pentagon enough improvement each year to expand his department and budget, while not revealing a product that would put him out of business. Just when we thought Joe might have to find a real job at the civil engineering laboratory, the Environmental Whacko's convinced the Congress that imagined environmental problems were more critical than national defense and Joe was given a clean slate and a zillion dollar budget to find an environmentally friendly coating substance that would keep barnacles off our naval vessels.
Poverty and racism are terms whose true meaning have become so obfuscated by liberal rhetoric and twisted logic, aka "political correctness," as to be almost worthless. However, when screamed through a megaphone by the Poverty Pimps, they have become the key to the vault of government handouts and corporate extortion. The pretext of "curing" racism or poverty is a very profitable business. Espousing one's good intentions of fixing poverty has rapidly evolved into the perennial Yum-Yum Tree of the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton and their liberal clones. You see, under the guise of eliminating racism and poverty, they have institutionalized them. Every time they open their mouths, it is to blame every failing of every black person on white racism. And why not? After all, if we ever eliminated poverty and racism, someone might have the temerity to ask where the reverends Jackson and Sharpton went to divinity school. Worse, unless the Environmental Whackos bail them out, they too might have to find a real job or even a real church. Guess what folks, rich white folks screw up too and unless they make a large donation to the DNC, they go to jail with no apologists.
The "take home message" is that only "exothermic" reactions are sustainable throughout time, e.g., ones that give off more energy than they consume. The end product must generate enough value to cover the costs of research, development and production of any product, confirming the old adage that "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions."
Paul Epley is a long-time Routt County Conservative activist, holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Southern California, and is a Director of the Conservative Leadership Council of Northwest Colorado. Dr. Epley has been a professor at the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount and holds a Lifetime Teaching Certificate for California Junior Colleges. He has been an executive for several publically held engineering and construction firms and was General Manager of Operations and Engineering for Utility Fuels Inc., the Fuel Subsidiary of Houston Industries. He will never win a Nobel Peace Prize.