Contrary to the incredible lies spread by Democrat press operatives, the Centers for Disease Control has not had its budget cut by Republicans. While the military copes with reductions to Depression-Era levels of manpower and cuts to soldiers’ pay, benefits, and health care, the CDC like every other civilian Federal Bureaucracy has enjoyed substantial funding increases; with Republicans spending even more than Obama requested.
But instead of the Centers for Disease Controls focusing on a central mission of controlling infectious diseases, they have found plenty of other things to spend money on, including:
- Mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden appoints a 15-member “Community Preventive Services Task Force” to promote pet Nanny State projects. An obscure Obamacare rule–Section 4003(b)(1)–stealthily increased the task force’s authority to study “any policies, programs, processes or activities designed to affect or otherwise affecting health at the population level.” Last year, the meddling panel extended the agency’s reach into transportation safety with a call to impose a federal universal motorcycle helmet law on the country. Is riding a Harley a disease? Why is this the CDC’s business?
- Video games and TV violence. At Obama’s behest, in the wake of high-profile school shootings, the CDC scored $10 million last year to study violent video games and media images, as well as to assess “existing strategies for preventing gun violence and identifying the most pressing research questions, with the greatest potential public health impact.” Whatever that means. Why is this the CDC’s business?
- Playground equipment. The CDC’s “Injury Centers” (Did you know there are 13 of them?) have crafted a “national action plan” and funded countless studies to prevent boo-boos and accidents on the nation’s playgrounds. Apparently, there aren’t enough teachers, parents, local school districts, and county and state regulators to police the slides and seesaws. Why is this the CDC’s business?
- “Social norming” in the schools. The CDC has funded studies and campaigns “promoting positive community norms” and “safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs)” in homes and schools. It’s the mother of all government values clarifications programs. So bad attitudes are now a disease. Again, I ask: Why is this the CDC’s business?
And then, when it comes to actually doing what should be their one job — preventing the spread of infectious diseases — they completely fail at it.
Not only did [Ebolie-infected] nurse Vinson call the CDC multiple times before boarding the flight, she was already running a fever when she called the CDC before taking her flight and they still allowed her to board the flight, which means she was infectious while on the plane.
Something to remember the next time a leftist drone insists we need a gigantic bureaucratic state to protect us. [via Michelle Malkin]