For starters we could take all the Ag Approp earmarks flowing into the the district of Rosa DelLauro who chairs that subcommittee and who has as her informal science advisers the anti-medical progress Center for Science in the Public Interest and Union of Conceited Scientists. DeLauro hogged $25.4 million in earmarks for herself last session while cutting funding for the Reagan Udall foundation that is established to help the FDA find ways to speed up the translation of basic research into personalized tools for testing cures for cancer and other illnesses that apparently can't be earmarked. DeLauro's earmarks are twice the increase the President has allocated for FDA core operations.
No that earmarks alone would be enough. I think we are coming to a time when the user fee program has outlived it's usefulness in its current structure. This last go round showed that user fee money is better used for Critical Path activities and that the user fee process dwells on the cause de jour to a more orderly and integrated oversight and funding of FDA operations. Maybe that's a starting point for everyone agreeing on a better, less political way to address the FDA's -- and the public's -- long term public health needs.