Congressman Paul Davis Ryan. Darn. I was hoping his initials were PBR, which would be rather fitting for a man from Wisconsin and the original home of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Davis. Maybe that’s a typo, and his name is actually Bevis, or Bates or something. But my fact checker says that he is in fact Davis. So he’s PDR, not PBR. But that’s ok, because PDR helps me point out something alarming about the Congressman. Google PDR and you know what you get? PDR.net, a drug information company that publishes the Physicians’ Desk Reference and works hand in hand with the FDA to provide safety alerts and information. However, Congressman PDR has not lived up to his initials. Do you know why? Here’s why – just take a look at his voting record:
- Against FDA appropriations
- Against the FDA Modernization Act
- Against FDA regulation on tobacco labeling, ingredients and warnings
- Against Food Safety regulations
- Against the Mine Safety Act
- To limit regulation of Farm Dust
- To repeal EPA standards for cement manufacturers
- To repeal prevention and public health funds
- To repeal Obamacare
- Against funding to combat Aids, Malaria and TB.
That’s some record there Congressman PDR. If your vision comes true to dismantle health care, clean air and food safety regulations, more people would have to rely on the Physicians’ Desk Reference and Web MD to self-diagnose and self-medicate, provided they can afford the drugs. I am sure this would give rise to snake oil salesmen and women, unregulated elixirs and home remedy advice. Here’s one, next time you get a headache, rub some cauliflower on your temples. Oh, and rub some on your forehead to improve memory.