Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

February 26, 2010

How Many Children Will Develop Autism Because of Tea Party Hatred of Federal Regulation?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 1:13 pm

I hope all you Tea Partiers out there read this Nicholas Kristof column in the Times.

Read the whole thing. But there are two key quotes, one about a new study by a professor of pediatrics at one of America’s leading hospitals which strongly suggests exposure to toxic chemicals in the first trimester can cause autism inducing brain injury in a fetus. This is not, by the way the old vaccine controversy. As I said take the time to read the study’s provenance.

The second quote is this:

“Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey is drafting much-needed legislation that would strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act. It is moving ahead despite his own recent cancer diagnosis, and it can be considered as an element of health reform. Senator Lautenberg says that under existing law, of 80,000 chemicals registered in the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency has required safety testing of only 200. ‘Our children have become test subjects,’ he noted”

80,000 chemicals. 200 tested. The rest “tested” on children and fetuses. Okay Tea Partiers tell me how much you oppose Federal regulation. Would you rather we not even test the 200 chemicals? Federal Regulation is evil in your world view. You’ve succeeded in demonizing everything the Federal government does (except torture) that lawmakers are scared to do anything that might increase vigilance over children’s health if it can be damned as “Federal regulation” Even if it might mean protecting your future child or that of a family member or friend’s child from autism.

But what the hell, those Tea Parties were fun! You guys are really really powerful You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Your hostile ignorance (see Ron Radosh’s recent PJM blog post about the “communist” White House books “scandal” ,oughtif you want to see your ignorance on display) and your control over the cowardly Republican Party (except maybe Scott Brown, who seems like an independent human being) is almost guaranteed to block testing for potential autism-trigger chemicals. Congratulations for saving the Republic. Think how you’ll feel when someone you know suffers the consequences of your callousness.

But I hope that when you meet a family dealing with autism you will tell them proudly of your role in blocking any further “Federal Regulation”. Don’t hide it. Tell them: “I did my part to make sure potential autism-trigger chemicals wouldn’t be tested for. It’s Federal regulation after all! Aren’t you glad.”

In case any of you are interested in the consequences this attitude, I received just yesterday a note from my friend Lauren Thierry whose beautiful son suffers from autism and who has become an activist and made a powerful short film about what it’s like to be the parent of an autism spectrum child.

She recommended a new book and I’ll just quote what she said:

Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum is now available at amazon.com. My favorite is the essay “Is There Anything Else We Should Know?” on page 181. But that’s not really why I am recommending it. In all of the wonderful 33 essays and poems, mothers and fathers raising children on the autism spectrum explore their lives in the context of autism’s own special gravity. I made a documentary film about a similar subject, called “Autism Every Day.” But even then I knew I could never tell the whole story in less than an hour. And, as a writer long before I was a filmmaker, I knew that honest words in the slapping up against the silence in one’s own head could be more powerful than the “distractions” of a film on the same subject, where one must watch the chaos and then try to comprehend — through sound-bites, not soliloquies — what these parents are trying to say.”

Since you constantly proclaim your family values, Tea Partiers, since you’re SO concerned about future generations, the debt etc., let’s see if you can muster some concern for future generations and the threat of autism. Put aside your indiscriminate and ignorant horror at Federal regulation and contact Sen. Lautenberg’s office to see how best you can support his bill. Think of other people, rather than your own self interest, your freedom from the tyrannical toxic chemical testing Federal government for a change.

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22 Comments »

  1. Jesus, Ron, you are now really scraping the bottom of the barrel. Since the vaccinations-cause-autism fraud has fallen apart, now you’re latching on to one speculative paper (which doesn’t identify even a substance, much less a mechanism), and lamely try to play the Guilt Card. Those evil, callous Teabaggers! They’re causing autism! Bullcrap.

    BTW, what apologies do you have for the thousands of small businesses put out of business by the last round of consumer-product testing legislation? Bueller? Bueller….?

    You have become a sad, pathetic parody of leftist feigned outrage. Keep it up- you keep reminding rational people why we really, really despise liberals, and why your sort must never be allowed back in power.

    Comment by Bohemond — February 26, 2010 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  2. Leftist psychopathic hatred, straight up.

    Comment by Morton Doodslag — February 26, 2010 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

  3. Well didn’t take long for the strawmen to come back: 48 hours

    In Ron’s world: Tea Party makes children ill.

    “80,000 chemicals. 200 tested. The rest “tested” on children and fetuses. Okay Tea Partiers tell me how much you oppose Federal regulation. Would you rather we not even test the 200 chemicals? Federal Regulation is evil in your world view. You’ve succeeded in demonizing everything the Federal government does (except torture) that lawmakers are scared to do anything that might increase vigilance over children’s health if it can be damned as “Federal regulation” Even if it might mean protecting your future child or that of a family member or friend’s child from autism.”

    It must be convenient to live in such a simplistic world.

    Your enemies are outright loons who demonize all aspects of governance (save for torture!), and yet they’re so powerful that they’ve paralyzed the majority party that directly opposes them and have taken total control of the other party. Wow.

    “But what the hell, those Tea Parties were fun! You guys are really really powerful You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Your hostile ignorance (see Ron Radosh’s recent PJM blog post about the “communist” White House books “scandal” ,oughtif you want to see your ignorance on display) and your control over the cowardly Republican Party (except maybe Scott Brown, who seems like an independent human being) is almost guaranteed to block testing for potential autism-trigger chemicals. Congratulations for saving the Republic. Think how you’ll feel when someone you know suffers the consequences of your callousness.”

    A week ago you accused Scott Brown of being infected by the Tea Party and laughing at a plane being crashed into a fed building, and now he’s some independent hope? You do know he ran on the pledge to block your beloved Healthcare Reform?

    Also a lack of period on the second sentence and this gem: “,oughtif” Odds are, in your next post you’ll mock someone’s poor spelling and typos.

    Mr. Radosh sourced an actual incident of conservative stupidity, and got the “anonymous cowards” here to agree with him that it was very stupid and lame.

    You declare the Tea Partiers are responsible for Autism, Austin, Auto safety, and infecting Republicans and get laughed at.

    Care to see the difference?

    So you finally mentioned PJM. What next? How about doing an piece on all this dangerous Tea Party boosting that PJM does?

    Or are you too busy calling people cowards and demanding they support bills to prove to you they’er not evil?

    Comment by Jack — February 26, 2010 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  4. Ron Rosenburg a Vaxer? I’m shocked…shocked…. well not really ron believe in all kinds of crazy conspiracies.

    Comment by robotech master — February 26, 2010 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  5. Oh No! Now the infection has crossed an Ocean!

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/02/26/are-you-ready-for-the-british-tea-party/

    I await Ron’s fresh conspiracy theories.

    Comment by Jack — February 26, 2010 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  6. You liberals have murdered millions of children with your pro-abortion stance and have murdered millions of poor people (and many of them people of color) with your support for the family-destroying welfare state.

    You also murdered millions of Southeast Asians when your political leaders got us neck deep into Vietnam and then your protesting led to our withdrawal and an open door for the Khmer Rouge. You’ve conspired to rape or kill countless women with your opposition to concealed carry, because studies show women benefit most from concealed carry laws.

    You claim to be for social justice but you murder disadvantaged people by the million. How dare you, sir? HOW DARE YOU?

    Comment by chrisa798 — February 26, 2010 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

  7. If you as a reader take offense to PJM peddling paranoid conspiracy theories please use the Contact Us link at the extreme bottom of the page.

    Remember, be polite and civil in your complaint. Avoid pulling a “Ron”.

    Comment by Jack — February 26, 2010 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  8. Hey, Ron…

    When are you gonna call for an outright ban on dihydrogen monoxide?

    (For those that are in on the joke, please don’t give it away! Let the frantic lefties whose world is collapsing around them make fools of themselves by writing about the dangers of this substance!)

    Comment by ConservativeWanderer — February 26, 2010 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  9. Jeez Ron, will you please stop obsessing? Palin this, Tea-Partiers that, every but you is stupid. You’re like every bitter old Bubbeh I’ve ever met. For God’s sakes, man. You’ve got talent; use it for something other than trying to put other people down.
    Contribute something positive to the world while you’re in it.

    Comment by Talnik — February 26, 2010 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  10. I suggest a 3% tax on all college level educators who make more than the median income with all the funds being dedicated to the testing of chemicals by existing independent labs rather than by a government entity. Every other democrat talking point should be funded by the same means until those so taxed have had their wages reduced by 50%. Should there be more Alar type talking points that need funded, those in the film industry will no doubt gladly be taxed in the same way that select educators were in order to help solve these critical problems.

    have a nice day

    Comment by rashputin — February 26, 2010 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

  11. Good points, Rashputin.

    I sometimes use a similar tactic when lefties start calling for higher taxes. I simply remind them that the IRS gladly accepts money in excess of one’s tax bill, and then as how much they have voluntarily contributed to the IRS.

    That generally leads to either ad hominem attacks, or a stony silence.

    Wonder how much Mr. Rosenbaum has voluntarily contributed.

    Comment by ConservativeWanderer — February 27, 2010 @ 8:16 am | Reply

  12. “Since you constantly proclaim your family values, Tea Partiers, since you’re SO concerned about future generations, the debt etc., let’s see if you can muster some concern for future generations and the threat of autism.”

    will do as soon as you proggs take responsibility for 10s of millions you killed and continue to kill by the idiotic banning of ddt

    Comment by newrouter — February 27, 2010 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  13. “What Causes Autism?:
    The bottom line is, no one knows for sure what causes autism. Most experts will say that autism is probably caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Even those experts, though, do not have a definite answer.”

    http://autism.about.com/od/whatisautism/p/autismcauses.htm

    Comment by newrouter — February 27, 2010 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  14. Ron, do us all a favor and go crawl back under your rock.

    Neither you nor anyone else on this planet can ask, “What causes autism?” and then give a definitive answer. All you can do, just like the AGW crowd, is assume that something must be causing it so whatever is the idea de jour is good enough proof for you. Scientific evidence? Not required. Of course, you discard entirely and completely any thought that autism may be primarily genetic. Nah, no disease could ever be your fault as the father. Heaven forefend!

    Comment by Spinoneone — February 27, 2010 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  15. Your column is a collection of logical fallacies masquerading — not very successfully — as arguments.

    I shall take them in the order they appear:

    Fallacy one: It is the fallacy of exclusion to advance only part of the evidence that supports a claim while ignoring any evidence to the contrary. This is what you do when you fail to note that the study alleging the claim between environmental toxins and autism is, in fact, heavily laced with “cautionary language” regarding its conclusions.

    Fallacy two: It is a non sequitur to claim that opposing government regulation means that one is in favor of exposing pregnant women to hazardous chemicals, against their will and without their knowledge.

    Fallacy three: It is a straw man argument to claim that Tea Party participants “demonize everything the Federal government does”. No Tea Party participant that I’ve met is an anarchist — they all believe government to be essential to protecting the rights of the citizens.

    Fallacy four: You then resort to the fallacious non-arguments of sarcasm — “But what the hell, those Tea Parties were fun!” — followed by insults and smears — “Your hostile ignorance”, “your callousness“ — mixed in with more sarcasm — “Congratulations for saving the Republic.”

    Fallacy five: This is followed by an appeal to emotion: “But I hope that when you meet a family dealing with autism you will tell them proudly of your role in blocking any further “Federal Regulation”. Don’t hide it. Tell them: “I did my part to make sure potential autism-trigger chemicals wouldn’t be tested for. It’s Federal regulation after all! Aren’t you glad.”

    This is a pathetic collection of invalid arguments that establishes nothing except the author’s own inability or unwillingness to formulate an actual, valid argument. It tells us something about the author’s intellect and biases — but tells us nothing about the Tea Party people.

    Comment by Michael Smith — February 27, 2010 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  16. Mr. Smith:

    Nail. Head.

    Comment by ConservativeWanderer — February 27, 2010 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  17. Remember, the crowd that demonizes the Tea Party Brigades are looking for anything, anything, to derail the locomotive that is heading their way.

    Comment by David W. Lincoln — February 27, 2010 @ 11:40 am | Reply

  18. Lincoln (17)

    Yeah, you know it must suck to be a socialist liberal progressive elitist who was just positive that with control of both houses and Barry the Messiah in place that you could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel to paradise. As you say, however, that light is an oncoming locomotive and I dare say the independents won’t be anxious to vote for liberal progressive socialist elitists ever again.

    Far better to replace a “moderate” Republican with a more conservative one than to ever take a chance on the democrat party ever again. The democrat party is now and always has been the party of slavery, secession, civil war, KKK terrorism, Jim Crow laws, eugenics laws, anti-Semitic immigration laws in the face of Nazi Nuremburg laws, Stalin worshippers, the welfare plantation system, voter fraud, voter intimidation, and the eugenics driven mass murder of minority infants. The democrat party has to be so thoroughly destroyed as a national political party that the only democrat left in the US Congress is an elderly doorman or some such.

    have a nice day

    Comment by rashputin — February 27, 2010 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  19. Ron, stop letting those damned evil doctors eff with your anti-psychotic meds! Jeebuz, man! Get a grip!

    “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” -The Usual Suspects

    Comment by Delia — February 27, 2010 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  20. How many children have died of malaria because of the left’s hatred of pesticides?

    Comment by Rob — February 27, 2010 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

  21. Ron, time to up the meds, buddy…..repeat after me: “More thorazine, please”

    Comment by faultolerant — February 28, 2010 @ 1:39 am | Reply

  22. Somehow I doubt Ron’ll link to this article from Mr. Radosh.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/ronradosh/2010/02/28/the-deranged-frank-rich-an-embarassment-to-a-once-great-newspaper/comment-page-1/#comment-17384

    “This time he goes after the Tea Party movement, and instead of a nuanced and balanced appraisal, he begins by trying to blame the murder suicide of Andrew Joseph Stack III, who flew his small plane into a building housing an IRS division in Austin, Texas on Feb. 18th, on the new movement. Rich ignores what we know about Mr. Stack. He was furious about IRS rules that prohibited him from using knowledge he had as a software engineer to start his own business. In his rambling, sometimes incoherent letter, Stack attacks “organized religion,” different laws for the rich rather than the poor (standard leftist boilerplate), goes after the late “neo-con” Senator Daniel P. Moynihan as his arch villain, all targets that distinguish him a great deal from today’s Tea Party advocates. George W. Bush, whom certainly Frank Rich did his share of attacking for months on end, is described by Stack as “the presidential puppet” of the rich who pull the strings.

    Tea Partier indeed! “

    Comment by Jack — February 28, 2010 @ 6:22 pm | Reply


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