Subversion of the office of the Surgeon General

Our government was designed to be a servant of the people.

Kathleen Reardon on Bush’s subversion of yet another part of government:

…the former Surgeon General was the target of self-serving, White House political machinations. The current Bush administration, Dr. Carmona told a Congressional Panel Tuesday, would not allow him during his 2002 to 2006 term to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues. Top officials delayed for years and tried to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand smoke, he said. Released last year, the report concluded that even brief exposure to cigarette smoke could cause immediate harm. He was required to mention George Bush’s name three times on each page of every speech.

This is what happens to a country whose government silences admirable experts, allows lobbyist payoffs, demeans or arrests whistle blowers, rewards loyalty above all else, hires on the basis of malleability rather than competence, and does what serves the present power cabal no matter how many people are harmed, injured or even killed in the process.

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Filed under George W. Bush: is he really THAT bad?, healthcare, Karl Rove:Bush's brain or Bush's as'hole?, Politics

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