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The FTAA would bring the
nations of the western hemisphere under the heel of a new
regional authority that would have none of the checks and
balances of the American constitutional system.
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No Child Left Un-medicated?
"A sweeping mental health initiative will be unveiled
by President George W. Bush in July," reported the British Medical
Journal on June 19. The administration’s "New Freedom Initiative"
envisions "comprehensive mental health screening for ‘consumers of all
ages,’ including preschool children."
According to the Presidential Commission on Mental
Health: "Each year, young children are expelled from preschools and
childcare facilities for severely disruptive behaviors and emotional
disorders." "There are good data showing that if you identify kids at an
earlier age who are aggressive you can intervene … and change their
trajectory," insists Dr. Graham Emslie, who helped develop a Texas pilot
project on which the Bush administration proposal is based. The commission
points out that schools are in a "key position" to screen 52 million
students and 6 million adults who work at schools.
The pilot program, called the Texas Medication
Algorithm (TMAP), was implemented under then-Governor George W. Bush. TMAP
promoted the use of new, expensive antidepressant drugs to treat
schoolchildren diagnosed with behavioral problems. Allen Jones, an
official in Pennsylvania who helped implement that state’s version of the
program, disclosed that "key officials with influence over the medication
plan … received money and perks from drug companies with a stake in the
Jones also points out that the same
"political/pharmaceutical alliance" behind the TMAP was using the New
Freedom Initiative "to consolidate the TMAP effort into a comprehensive
national policy to treat mental illness with expensive, patented
medications of questionable benefit and deadly side effects, and to force
private insurers to pick up the tab." As the British Medical
Journal observes, "Bush is the clear frontrunner when it comes to drug
company contributions," outstripping Kerry by more than four to
In totalitarian societies such as Soviet Russia and
Communist Cuba, the state pathologizes dissent as a mental disorder. Mr.
Bush’s proposal, in principle, would permit the same horrific abuses by
putting Washington in charge of screening all schoolchildren — and,
eventually, all other Americans.