The attack is not only unfair, misleading and unjustified but it really pisses me off

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Rossi’s attack on marijuana study unfair, says researcher
[Via The Seattle Times]

Republican Dino Rossi has been spending the week attacking the $800 billion federal stimulus plan pushed by Democrats in 2009 as a waste of money, pointing out examples of what he and others say is questionable spending that didn’t create jobs.

But Rossi’s latest example may have misfired. On Thursday, Rossi attacked a WSU-Vancouver professor’s study of whether marijuana can increase the effectiveness of pain-treating drugs like morphine. The study received $148,438 in stimulus grants.

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Dino Rossi, demagogue and anti-science idiot? Here is the quote from his press release:

“This is one of those boondoggle projects that forces you to set aside the serious economic consequences of this so-called stimulus for a moment and just laugh at how out of touch Washington, D.C. really is,” said U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi. “Washington state taxpayers are tired of their money going up in smoke. This bill isn’t going to stimulate anything other than sales of Cheetos.”

Actually understanding something you are vilifying might be a useful component of a rational brain. But it is so much easier to make fun of stereotypes and things you have little knowledge of. Things that, in fact, you are definitely factually, and arguably morally, wrong about.

Like research dealing with chronic pain.

Dino, if you had any family member dealing with chronic pain, you would not be so stupid and insensitive.

My wife deals with chronic pain, something that is not only physically and emotionally draining but something that many in this country think sufferers should be able to overcome simply by force of will. This country does not like people using medication for chronic pain and makes it very hard on those seeking any sort of treatment.

Much less anyone doing any actual research. We deal with this attitude almost every day.

That is because drug usage for chronic pain has gotten caught up in the war against drugs. So, research on chronic pain is a big black hole here in the States, with almost anyone who is doing such work under extra scrutiny by those who do not even do the bare minimum to understand,

Such as Rossi.

This was a grant going to examine chronic pain research and the possible positive effects of the active ingredient in marijuana – something that is known to ameliorate some chronic instances of pain – on painkillers such as morphine. Understanding these effects and possibly developing therapies that could not only help people deal with chronic pain but perhaps lessen the need for opiates sure sounds useful. It is probably why the grant got a high enough number to get money.

As the researcher stated, the money supported several people, including the researcher himself. Three people on $50,000 a year to do research on a subject that affects millions of Americans, resulting in billions of lost earning.

And Dino makes fun of it while displaying no understanding of what is going on. It is simply material for a good laugh, for him and his followers.

Does he not realize that he has possible constituents that suffer from chronic pain? Who do not find this funny at all? Or does he not care, playing to those people who like the stereotypes, lack any understanding and really do not want anything else but the joke? I expect that, since he is a very smart man who has done this before, it is the latter.

People who simply laugh at the stereotype of the stupid researcher and useless stimulus plan. People for whom the narrative is more important than the truth. They do not want to gain any further understanding of what is happening. The simplifications brought about by stereotyping are enough to support their incorrect, and unsympathetic views.

This lack of any impulse to find out further, to understand the underlying principles of the complex world one has to deal with, is a sure sign of people who live in a Cargo Cult World. Dino, who ihas indicated he knows better, is pandering to them for purely political reasons.

Dino Rossi, demagogue and anti-science idiot. Why I vote for Democrats in this state.


One thought on “The attack is not only unfair, misleading and unjustified but it really pisses me off

  1. Just voting isn’t enough. You should be writing letters to people you know explaining your complaint.

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