So appreciate your posts- thoughts of reason and things to think about.
Usually have so much to say in response to them- in the way of excited agreements, questions, 'ummm but I see it this way' comments, 'dang I wish I could have articulated that idea as well as that' thoughts, and tonight there is a new one. I had a "Oh noooo- Respert24 thinks THAT'' too- how sad and I might be compelled to actually do more than a thumbs up' moment.
So here I am. (Fairly intimidated by this group- with no investing or medical background - so I am at peace with usually being an observer/listener.)
Boring background so my 'moment' makes a bit of sense: just retired after years in government service (international relations and public health nutrition); not much comparatively but most of my retirement account and all (OK- a bit more than that) of my fun money in CYDY. Many hours researching it- from the initial angle of my continuing struggle to get a friend into the clinical trials.
Was able to hear the last of the call today. I get it- folks are nervous. I am too (figuring out which is the less eeky job- McDonalds or Bed, Bath and Beyond) - but more focused on the benefits of the dang thing (maybe a few more years of life for my friend). It gives me hope.
What tears me up is the idea that bureaucrats are an incompetent, lazy group- at best- or a malicious, non-caring, politically motivated group- at worst. I loved your examples of business delays. Add to that massive numbers of federal, state and local level government 'rules' that must be followed at every move. If not- anything you do- good or bad- gets 'thrown out of court' and is useless. You have all the responsibility- and no authority. You strive to find the balance between the 'I have rights including not paying taxes for a government because I think they do nothing for me' and 'I want this service yesterday' with all you do.
You work countless hours - for nothing as far as personal gain. I have worked 1,000 hours plus over my career for only the gain of the project and the good for others- which was all I was wanting. I used to watch my kid playing out of the window when he was a pre-teen while I was working 80 hours a week- week after week. To clarify- many government employees, like me, do not get overtime pay- your job is your job.
The absolute frustration that the FDA staff (perhaps other than the 'newly appointed' ones) at every level must be feeling right now must be tremendous. (Your child hearing the constant innuendos about despicable government/FDA employees really hurts and is a constant parenting challenge when you care about their life-view.)
IMHO- the 'biggies' -in business and government- are making some errors (e.g. plasma- really?!!). Just makes me sad that the worker bee 'bureaucrats' pay the price.
Sorry hun- (old lady from the south with a few belts so I can't help it--) for this rant. Feels good to unload this to a person I respert . . . . . .. . . .