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Fellow Americans; Government subsidies as GM, Chrysler and the big banks very quickly learned, always result in government controls. That is the last thing that needs to happen to journalism in America. Government subsidies to the arts have resulted in some of the poorest, least creative and sleaziest "art" ever. Government subsidies to farmers have resulted in government control of what is raised and on what land often to the detriment of the consumer/taxpayer as well as the farmer. If journalists are writing material that the public won't buy let them try writing something else. Most of what passes for news reporting today is horribly slanted towards supporting liberal projects and ideas. In fact News isn't reported. It is wrapped in political spin and delivered with pre-prejudicial commentary so as to promote an agenda. Why is it a surprise then that the majority of Americans just don't want to buy their product? Forcing conservative Americans to support liberal journalists via taxation and subsidies is completely adverse to the U.S. Constitution where amendment 1 says "Congress shall make no law..... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;". Like it or not the FDA got its mandate of authority from congress. Since congress is prohibited from abridging the freedom of speech and of the press it could NOT have delegated any authority to abridge them to an agency it created. The argument that this is support rather than control is specious. Financial involvement ALWAYS presupposes control. Let the FDA's officers and commissioners take up a collection from their own wallets to help their friends in journalism. But they ARE PROHIBITED from taking money from my wallet to support journalists who need to make a career change. America has been steadily moving from free markets towards controlled (regulated) markets. It is ironic that government controlled markets were the downfall of the old Soviet Union, but just 20 years after that system collapsed we think we can copy their model and have success. It is truly said that "those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat its mistakes". Surely the FDA and the FCC can do better things with their time and budget.