Congressional Committees - The Republican Congressional "Self-Help" Program?

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Has it occurred to anyone else that the House Republicans seem to make Committee appointments based not so much on the member's areas of expertise as on those areas in which the member needs the most growth?

The most recent, and glaring, example of this is the presence of Todd Akin, who seems to believe that egg cells can differentiate between "loving" sperm and "hostile" sperm, and can apparently block the "hostile" sperm, on the Science and Technology Committee. Obviously, Mr. Akin has quite a bit to learn about Science, and what better placement could there be for him to gain that knowledge?

Other examples include mathematically-challenged Paul Ryan, who thinks he can balance $4.1 Trillion in tax cuts with somewhat less than $1 Trillion in spending cuts, on the Budget Committee, and Michelle Bachmann's seat on the Intelligence Comittee (Do I REALLY need to explain this one? ... I think NOT!).

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We Are All Pharma-Bro Suckers

"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli became one of the most notorious people in America for hiking the price of a rarely used life-saving drug by 4,000 percent in September of 2015.

And nearly a year later, dozens of reports are now coming out about how Mylan Pharmaceuticals hiked the price of the very common life-saving EpiPen by over 450% since Mylan bought EpiPen in 2007.

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