Sunday, July 29, 2007

White House Politics Rule....

It's sad, maddening and alarming.... "Bush Aide Blocked Report," but only touches the surface of how damaging the Bush administration policy of politics-first decision-making has been.

"A surgeon general's report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health, chiefly because the report did not promote the administration's policy accomplishments." (WaPo)

Former Bush Surgeon General Richard Carmona told a July 10 House committee hearing, that as he fought to release the document, "Call to Action on Global Health," he was "called in and again admonished.... 'You don't get it'.... this will be a political document, or it will not be released."

And it wasn't.

Just like in the firing of the U.S. Attorneys, politics trump all in the Rovian world of King George.... from the rule of law to national and world health.

As Thomas Novotny, a former assistant surgeon general said of the suppression of the report and our fall from world leadership in the field of world health... "It's embarrassing, just ridiculous..."

The perfect description of the Bush White House governance... but we must add.... also, a despotically arrogant disregard for their oath of office.

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