I live in Atlanta, so I have heard first-hand some of the rumblings of discontent within the CDC of late. Bush appointee Julie Gerberding has shaken the place up since she was installed as director in 2002. Of course, any change of leadership will generate some discontent, so at first I didn’t pay much attention. But lately, the warning signs have become more ominous. From a recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
I urge you to read the whole article. It is very worrisome. Makes you wonder whether the CDC will “pull a FEMA” in the face of a national health emergency.
I’m putting this in the Pit instead of Great Debates, because I don’t know if there is a debate here. I am just angry at the idea that the CDC’s effectiveness is being compromised, and want to share the information. If a debate breaks out, perhaps a Mod will move the thread.
Let me guess. When some horrible disease wipes out millions of Americans next year while the CDC does absolutely nothing to stop it, President Bush will go on TV and praise the head of the CDC for doing a heckuva job, and claim that no one could have forseen that the bubonic plague could pass from human to human. Meanwhile, the good folks at Fox will attempt to blame the whole thing on Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.
You know, I was going to come in here and make some snarky allusion to FEMA, Brownie, and the general fuckupedness that is President Bush’s habit of making appointments to fundamentally necessary posts in the federal government into awards for his sycophants.
But I see my works has been done already.
Yeah, bad enough that FEMA was gutted and the knowledgable middle management fled. Now we’re losing the people at the CDC who are trying to keep us safe from bird flu, e coli, AIDS, five or six forms of hepatitis, and whatever else comes down the pike?
That shack in Montana’s starting to sound really good about now.