The concept of government regulatory agencies is uniquely American and something that has proven to be an utter disaster – probably by design.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for instance, could not care less about public health, even though this is why it supposedly exists in the first place. The real reason the FDA exists is to protect and enhance Big Pharma profits, disenfranchising the “poors” in order to continually benefit the rich.
You might call it capitalism run amok, this merger of the public and private sector. It is also known as fascism, and it is what has ruled the United States for at least as long as this writer has been alive.
“Though conceptualized as mere advisory bodies at the time of their emergence in the late 19th century, federal regulatory agencies have since acquired comprehensive legislative powers and even quasi-judicial powers – exercising ‘social control through rulemaking’ with ‘almost no supervision by other branches of government,’” reports The Defender.
“As legal scholars tamely explain, ‘unique pressures and influences … invariably push [regulators’] actions, and their decisions on policy questions, in a direction favored by regulated firms.’”
This phenomenon is known as “regulatory capture,” and it is the norm, not the exception. Every so-called regulatory agency in America today works on behalf of the industries they supposedly regulate, and against the best interests of Americans.
Half of FDA’s budget comes from Big Pharma
A big reason why this is the case has to do with the fact that nearly half of the FDA’s budget comes from the pharmaceutical industry. Big Pharma funnels cash to the FDA to get the agency to fast-track more than 50 percent of all new drugs, most of which are unsafe and ineffective.
The only time the FDA ever issues any kind of recall or does anything that even remotely appears to benefit the American public is when a drug company tells it to – probably to save face so future drugs from the same companies will be accepted by the masses.