Do you ever have times when you shake your head in disbelief and don’t think it can get any worse?
It isn’t funny anymore.
It wasn’t funny when the Government gagged the climate scientists from speaking about polar bears at international meetings.
It wasn’t funny when President Bush put the gag on women’s clinics in Africa by denying them funding by the United States when they advised poor African women about abortion.
It wasn’t funny when Philip Cooney, the former chief to President Bush’s Council on Environmental Quality quit when it was revealed that he had doctored scientific reports to downplay the importance of global warming only to get a job at Exxon Mobil days later.
It wasn’t funny when the Bush Administration paid Armstrong Williams $241,000 to promote Bush’s No Child Left Behind program on the air.
But I thought it couldn’t get any worse.
That is why I was completely disgusted to read about the testimony of former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona today, writing about the pressure he received to alter information, and the total censorship of other matters belonging to the medical and scientific field.
As reported in the article:
“Dr. Carmona, who served as surgeon general from 2002 to 2006, said White House officials would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues because of political concerns. Top administration officials delayed for years and attempted to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand tobacco smoke, he said in sworn testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
He was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of every speech he gave, Dr. Carmona said. He was asked to make speeches to support Republican political candidates and to attend political briefings, at least one of which included Karl Rove, the president’s senior political adviser, he said.
And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to the Kennedy family.
“I was specifically told by a senior person, ‘Why would you want to help those people?’ ” Dr. Carmona said.
The Special Olympics is one of the nation’s premier charitable organizations to benefit disabled people.
The article continues:
“On issue after issue, Dr. Carmona asserted, the Bush administration made decisions about important public health issues based solely on political considerations, not scientific ones.
“I was told to stay away from those because we’ve already decided which way we want to go,” Dr. Carmona said.
He described attending a meeting of top officials in which the subject of global warming was discussed. The other officials concluded that global warming was a liberal cause and dismissed it, he said.
“And I said to myself: ‘I realize why I’ve been invited. They want me to discuss the science because they obviously don’t understand the science,’ ” he said. “I was never invited back.”
He said the science is clear that effective sexual education efforts must offer what he called a “comprehensive approach.”
“However, there was already a policy in place to only support sexual education efforts that discussed only abstinence, he said.
After serving one full term as surgeon general, Dr. Carmona was not asked by the White House to serve another. Before becoming surgeon general, he was in the Army Special Forces, earned two purple hearts in the Vietnam War, was a trauma surgeon and a leader of the Pima County, Ariz., SWAT team. He is now vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, a resort and residential development company.”
What is WRONG with these people?
And the comment on the Special Olympics? That doesn’t deserve further discussion. And they call themselves “compassionate conservatives”?
It is no wonder that this President is ordering his staff not to testify in the U.S. Attorney firings scandal. He shouldn’t let anyone say anthing to anybody. They aren’t likely to report good things.
There is only one name for this Administration. Sicko.