Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Former Surgeon General confirms the Republican War on Science is real

Bush's Surgeon General Richard Carmona 2002-2006, has come forward to verify what we all know - the Republican War on Science is real and is detrimental to America. His testimony before the House Oversight Committee:
"Much of the discussion was being driven by theology, ideology, preconceived beliefs that were scientifically incorrect. So I thought this is a perfect example of the Surgeon General being able to step forward, educate the American public as well as elected and appointed officials so that we can have, if you will, informed consent on an issue to the American public to make better decisions. I was blocked at every turn. I was told the decision had already been made. Stand down, don’t talk about it. In speeches where initially that information was put in speeches it was removed from my speeches…The problem with this approach is that in public health, as in a democracy, there is nothing worse than ignoring science, or marginalizing the voice of science for reasons driven by changing political winds. The job of surgeon general is to be the doctor of the nation, not the doctor of a political party"
- Richard Carmona, former Surgeon General of the US
This is the way authoritarians do business. They tell you to shut up and fall in line. Screw science or what's best for America, just carry out the Republican authoritarian agenda.

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