- Sep 10, 2003
A buddy of mine works for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which has a congressional mandate to find out what's going on in the health care system. He's hopping pissed because their non-partisan findings were REJECTED by the Bush administration for being too pessimistic! They have to put out a rosier report that smooths over the problems in the system. This has never happened before. Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, LBJ, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, and FDR (the modern presidents with large research organizations) NEVER interfered with the actual, non-partisan data collection that goes on within the federal government. This would be stupid since the only way to come up with good policies is to LOOK AT THE FACTS. But the Bush II administration already knows what policies it wants put in place and doesn't need any inconvenient facts to get in the way. This is happening across the board, in the EPA, the General Accounting Office (it brought back the Laffer Curve), and the Intelligence Community (they didn't like what was coming out of the CIA or the Pentagon's intelligence service, so they created a new one). We're gonna have to wake up people if we want to keep any semblance of a democracy.