Skip to comments.Rep. Ron Paul hoped to stop mandatory federal program for children
Posted on 09/10/2004 5:29:08 AM PDT by MikeJ75
An amendment offered by Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, in the House of Representatives yesterday that would have remove from an appropriations bill a new mandatory mental-health screening program for America's children failed by a vote of 95-315.
Paul's amendment would have removed the program from the Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Ninety-four Republicans and one Democrat sided with Paul, while 118 Republicans, 196 Democrats and one Independent voted against the amendment.
As WorldNetDaily reported, the New Freedom Initiative recommends screening not only for children but eventually for every American. The initiative came out of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which President Bush established in 2002.
Critics of the plan say it is a thinly veiled attempt by drug companies to provide a wider market for high-priced antidepressants and antipsychotic medication, and puts government in areas of Americans' lives where it does not belong.
As WND reported yesterday, Kent Snyder of the Paul-founded Liberty Committee argued strongly against the program:
"The real payoff for the drug companies is the forced drugging of children that will result as we learned tragically with Ritalin even when parents refuse."
The congressman, who is known for his strict adherence to the Constitution, wrote in a letter to his colleagues before the vote: "As you know, psychotropic drugs are increasingly prescribed for children who show nothing more than children's typical rambunctious behavior. Many children have suffered harmful effects from these drugs. Yet some parents have even been charged with child abuse for refusing to drug their children. The federal government should not promote national mental-health screening programs that will force the use of these psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin."
The New Freedom Commission found that "despite their prevalence, mental disorders often go undiagnosed" and recommended comprehensive mental-health screening for "consumers of all ages," including preschool children.
The commission said, "Each year, young children are expelled from preschools and childcare facilities for severely disruptive behaviors and emotional disorders."
Schools, the panel concluded, are in a "key position" to screen the 52 million students and 6 million adults who work at the schools.
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The industry lobbying group (see datia.org) is behind the random drug-testing scheme that most parents object to, but the Supremes ruled is OK. This group has no interest in the health or welfare of anyone -- they are simply there to push drug testing, for the profit of their members.
So far, there doesn't seem to be anyone who cares to stop them from pushing their wares on an unsuspecting/unwilling public.
Let them try to enforce this. I know I will refuse and I know many parents who would as well. This may go down to a grasroots effort.
Unbelievable. I'm going to see how my Republican Senators voted.
Drug companies should get a boost over this. Physiciatrists should do well too. Unfortunately the need is greater in Congress, Judicial, and Executive branches, rather than our school systems. It is amazing that after two hundred some odd years, we have to start examining the psychic of our citizens. Will gulags be far behind? Indoctrination camps should be set up for those unfortunates that have not the correct political instincts.
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Darn! I posted this one later after a search the main title, "Attempt to dump mental screening fails." You forgot to post the main title, and I forgot to post the subtitle!
Thanks for getting this news out, anyway. Unfortunately, readers aren't seeing it here, because so far, it's been posted in late night and early morning hours.
I'll get the word out through another venue, and we know that Joe's getting it out from WorldNetDaily.
I would probably tend to think that the drug companies wrote this legislation and their lobbyists paid off the legislators.
President Bush is *not* a conservative. I'm going to vote for him, but I'm under no illusions that he's a nanny-state Republican who never met a nosy, interfering federal program he didn't like.
I think we had better start realizing that there are certain people including our President that have some very authoritarian ideas. The object of this bill runs far deeper than just some contributions and lobbying from the drug industry.
Ron Paul is the closest thing to a strict-constructionist that there is in the federal government. Would that there were more.
Many Freepers take exception to some of his votes against some Republican bills...but he is honest in his adherence to his oath to defend the Constitution.
Its sad this bill did not get enough support to overthrow the mental idea in the first place.
It appears that he is at least somewhat conservative on every item except that he's somewhat in favor of keeping our country like a whorehouse (vice issues) and against our national defense during a time when we need to go long on defense.