(David Weigel, Washington Independent)
(Blair Wingo, Passion for Christ Movement)
Sen. Tom Harkin, the proud father of the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, told a Senate hearing on Thursday that NCCAM had disappointed him by disproving too many alternative therapies.
"One of the purposes of this center was to investigate and validate alternative approaches. Quite frankly, I must say publicly that it has fallen short," Harkin said.
The senator went on to lament that, since its inception in 1998, the focus of NCCAM has been "disproving things rather than seeking out and approving things."
Socks, the cat who won international fame during his years in the Clinton White House, was euthanized Friday after months of treatment for cancer. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has vowed an investigation into the death.