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Nate Jackson / May 6, 2021

The CDC’s Corrupt Political Agenda

Under the leadership of Rochelle Walensky, politics takes precedence over medicine and science.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky earned her MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, and she’s served as a professor at Harvard Medical School. Yet now that she’s leading the Centers for Disease Control, which is really putting the emphasis on control over much of American life during the ChiCom Virus pandemic, what seems to matter most is Walensky’s union connections.

Our Louis DeBroux related just yesterday the scandalous reality that the CDC issued edited school guidelines that, in some cases, are nearly verbatim wording from communications with representatives of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). This collusion isn’t about public health or science; it’s about union demands. And Walensky was directly involved, even reversing herself on previous statements in order to accommodate.

“There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely,” Walensky said in February. “Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for the safe reopening of schools.” It is, however, a prerequisite if unions are going to cooperate, so now Walensky is pushing states to prioritize teachers for vaccination.

Some Republicans are demanding answers, but North Carolina Republican Congressman Greg Murphy has seen enough. “As a practicing physician,” he said, “I believe that any physician who puts the influence of political organizations before the well-being of our children has violated the Hippocratic Oath and does not belong in public service. These actions are unconscionable, and so I am calling on Dr. Walensky to resign immediately.”

Of course, Walensky won’t resign, and she won’t be fired either. She’s a minority woman toeing the company line while pleasing Biden-Harris donors in the unions. (Remember, Jill Biden is a member of the National Education Association.) In fact, Walensky was reveling in her own profound wisdom in a friendly appearance this week on CNN, where John Berman didn’t even bring up the hot-off-the-press story of union collusion.

“Until everyone is safe, no one is safe,” Walensky did say during the interview while explaining why kids still must wear masks even when playing sports outdoors. This is the same woman who said at the end of March that she suffers a “recurring feeling” of “impending doom” about the pandemic. At a time when over 55 million Americans had been vaccinated with millions more each week, she moaned, “Right now I’m scared.”

Sowing fear is indeed the Biden administration’s number one goal. For a president who wants to imitate FDR in terms of unconstitutional government expansion, Joe Biden wants nothing to do with FDR’s famous maxim, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Unfortunately, under this administration, rank politicization is the best we can expect from the federal government. The CDC has been discredited by its own actions and leadership. Meanwhile, more than 107 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, and 250 million doses have been distributed. Another 32 million are largely safe because they’ve already had COVID (there’s certainly overlap in that number with the vaccinated).

It’s not time for more pronouncements of doom or for collusion between political interest groups to keep the fear going. Instead, you could be forgiven for asking if it isn’t time for state and local governments, as well as churches, businesses, and everyone else, to start ignoring Walensky, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the CDC and get on with living.

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