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Changes at the CDC are coming

Posted by M. C. on August 20, 2022

Had there been no CDC at all, could the U.S. response have been any worse?

I am reminded of what Thomas Sowell said about what should replace the Federal Reserve: when you remove a cancer, he said, you don’t replace it with anything.

Walensky is pushing for what the government always does with failed agencies. Give it more money.

https://mailchi.mp/tomwoods/cdcchanges?e=fa1aba8cd8

When the New York Times writes an article on the need for an overhaul of the Centers for Disease Control, you know it’s not going to be the kind of overhaul you and I, dear reader, would favor.

It’s called “Walensky, Citing Botched Pandemic Response, Calls for C.D.C. Reorganization.”

You can be sure that Walensky doesn’t think the “pandemic response” was “botched” because it involved crazy recommendations based on nothing, and that the people in charge seemed to be making the “guidance” up as they went along.

No, the problem was that the CDC didn’t get its contradictory, science-free, panic-mongering lunacy out to us quite fast enough.

The Times says that Walensky “delivered a sweeping rebuke of her agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it had failed to respond quickly enough and needed to be overhauled.”

The Times further complains that the CDC “bent to political pressure from the Trump White House to alter key public health guidance or withhold it from the public — decisions that cost it a measure of public trust that experts say it still has not recaptured.”

So the reason the CDC has lost public trust is that it catered too much to Trump?

It hasn’t lost public trust because of its crazy, fact-free, and obviously politicized recommendations on schools? Or its ever-changing wear-a-mask, you-can-take-off-the-mask-if-vaccinated, vaccinated-people-need-to-wear-masks-too, two-year-olds-need-to-mask, the-guidance-for-vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-people-is-now-the-same craziness? Or its laughable studies showing the effectiveness of masking, which are a complete joke? Or its continued insistence on the effectiveness of lockdowns and other radical interventions despite zero differences between places that did these things and places that didn’t?

Then we read that there were too many health officials entering and leaving the federal government, and that this led to confusion. No sense that a far more serious problem was that virtually all of these people were singing from the same hymn book, and dissenting voices were nowhere to be found.

Had there been no CDC at all, could the U.S. response have been any worse?

Maybe that’s the key insight that should inform any “reform” proposal.

I am reminded of what Thomas Sowell said about what should replace the Federal Reserve: when you remove a cancer, he said, you don’t replace it with anything.

Now, for your weekend enjoyment:

I’ve been in public speaking for 27 years, but the best speech I ever gave wasn’t at a libertarian or conservative event, or to an academic audience. It was my speech to a business conference, where I explained to a room full of seasoned marketers how a small fry like me was kicking their rear ends.

No matter what field you’re in, you can learn from what I told them.

Enjoy:

http://www.tomwoods.com/mybestspeech

Tom Woods

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