(UnitedVoice.com) – For decades, Americans trusted the guidance suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, since the beginning of the pandemic, the department began behaving like other government agencies. Questions over its ever-evolving guidance and severe mandates led many to wonder if the agency is objective or political?
To be fair, some of the questions were unavoidable as researchers learned more about COVID-19 and its changing variants. However, other Constitutional questions are arising over some of its mandates. Discoveries about the agency’s capabilities are frightening and dangerous.
The CDC’s Power Is Almost Limitless
Questions about the executive branch’s power due to flawed legislation are an ongoing issue. For decades, Congress refused to do its job and wrote massive, broad, complex laws that left the executive branch in charge of deciding how to interpret Congress’s intent. The Supreme Court is often forced to rule against the government and all too often says Congress needs to fix its statutes.
The amount of unbridled, unchecked, and undefined authority Congress gave the CDC during a pandemic is breathtaking. The massive and powerful agency used its capabilities to stiff landlords and allow renters to live payment-free for nearly a year and a half now. Its immense powers allow the CDC to evoke its authority to take over a massive amount of the US economy at the first sign of disease all on its own, without any congressional approval.
Congress gave the CDC this power through 42 US Code, Section 264. Federal law provides the agency with the authority to “make and enforce such regulations as in [its] judgment are necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases.”
This law is intended to control diseases, not democracy. The Constitution isn’t a tool bureaucrats can set aside whenever there’s a pandemic. On the contrary, the nation’s leading document controls the CDC despite it flagrantly thumb its nose to the Constitution. On June 30th, the Supreme Court said the agency needed an act of Congress to extend an eviction moratorium moving forward. Did Capitol Hill or the executive branch listen? Absolutely not. Apparently, the agency believes as long as a lab coat issues a proclamation, it overrides the Constitution.
CDC ‘Error’ Causes Near Disaster in Florida
Not only does the CDC enjoy broad legal powers, but it also can use its vast influence to shape public views, thoughts, and opinions. It can even politically influence narratives. On Tuesday, August 10, the government agency adjusted Florida’s COVID-19 numbers.
The CDC incorrectly lumped multiple days of COVID-19 reports into one day, making Florida’s infection rate on Sunday appear as the worst day ever when it wasn’t. The gross mismanagement of the data allowed President Joe Biden to wrongly attack Florida in his war against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The CDC changed the wrong numbers after Florida went public on Twitter about the exaggerated claim.
When the CDC gets information wrong, fearmongers and political opportunists use the data politically. Worse still, the agency can’t quickly put the inaccurate data back in the bottle once false information is out there. It makes one suspicious, was the data issued inaccurately on purpose? Florida officials say the CDC will only say they got the data wrong but won’t acknowledge how or why the misinformation appeared on its COVID-19 tallies.
From Constitutional questions to PR nightmares, the CDC is more political than ever. It’s a dangerous game. The agency should be working double-time to stay out of mandates and politics. Unfortunately, like any other government agency, it’s all too easy for politically appointed officials and the president to use them for political advantages.
Expect the Supreme Court to say more about violations of the Constitution over the coming days and years. In the meantime, let’s hope that honorable people prevail.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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