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Ronald Reagan famously said that the ten worst words in the English language were, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.” That was the understatement of the century. We need to shorten that to four words: “I’m from the government.” I say this as one who has family members who were career military and government contractors. Today’s lesson in The Law of the Bureaucrat comes from the National Institutes of Health.

This wonderful sounding agency was founded in 1887 and morphed slowly from a one room laboratory in the Marine Hospital Service into the behemoth that lives inside the Department of Health and Human Services. Its overall budget is about $48 billion, which is larger than the budgets of thirty-seven states, including Arizona, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. That number alone should give you pause. What conceivable reason would justify a government research organization with a budget larger than the budgets of the states where about forty percent of Americans live? Certainly, that large number must guarantee spectacularly good answers, shouldn’t it?

Before my spoiler alert, which I think you can see coming a mile away, we have to understand how this situation developed. That one-room laboratory was set up in New York to test incoming passengers for what was just becoming known as infectious diseases. I think we’ll all agree this was a laudable public health task. Dr. Kinyoun was able to screen out cases of cholera.

In 1901, this public health lab expanded into a research Division that moved to Washington, D.C., in 1904. In 1912, it became the Public Health Service. Welcome to mission creep. As soon as the usefulness of this small testing lab became known, Congress delegated more work to it. And, as usual, there was no concern with whether the research jobs it was given fell within the enumerated powers listed in Article I, Section 8. It wasn’t until 1937 that the Supreme Court surrendered to FDR and authorized Congress to do almost anything it wanted under the rubric of the “general welfare” (Helvering v. Davis).

But what drove the mission creep? Space does not allow us to explore every little step, but the general outline is clear. Congress authorized the creation of a public health agency. In doing so, Congress said that the staff of the agency were smarter than Congress. After all, if Congress could do the job, it would. Now, before you jump out of your chair to boo and throw rotten vegetables, Congress didn’t write that down. It’s a conclusion drawn from the fact that the bureaucrat is assigned by Congress to do a job that Congress will not do. It’s not the only possible conclusion, but it is legitimate.

Since Congress has identified the smartest person in the room, that person cannot be challenged. After all, he’s the smartest, and even you aren’t him. But he has a problem. Suppose that he solves the problem. Now, there’s no reason for his job to exist, and that can’t be allowed. So he has to find another job that only he can do, present it to Congress, and get authorization to expand his domain. Or he can get a “non-profit” research entity to do that for him. Congress can authorize the money for that research, and he gets to dole it out to his buddies. Now he has power.

Each year, the cycle gets extended. Private researchers come to the bureaucrat with their hands out. He goes to Congress claiming that he needs more money to do this “critical” research. So Congress hands it to him, never actually looking at where he’s spending the money. And the wheels on the bus go round and round. The NIH funds over half of all medical research in the US.

A key feature of this is the complete and utter interdependency of “private” researchers and “public interest” funding. The choice of funding is made by a bureaucrat who rewards the people who make him look good to Congress, who gives him more money to reward his friends… The researchers are dependent on government money just to survive, so they do “research” that leads to the results that the government bureaucrat wants.

The fraud that can come from this is obvious. In 1978, Ancel Keyes published his “Seven Countries Study.” Nina Tiecholz (The Big Fat Surprise) describes how Keyes picked his seven countries. It seems that fourteen of his original countries gave results that contradicted his “dietary hypothesis” of heart disease, so he left them out. He was roundly criticized for his conclusions, but because he had friends in the editorial offices of medical journals, those critics got shouted down. The dietary hypothesis got picked up by the McGovern committee and ultimately became the “food pyramid.” Keye’s dietary hypothesis with its emphasis on carbohydrates and unsaturated vegetable fats is directly responsible for the explosion of obesity and Type II Diabetes in America. Even today, the NIH promotes his low-fat diet. In particular, they insist that less than ten percent of your calories should come from saturated fats. They claim to have a scientific basis for this, but in fact, the healthiest diet is high in saturated fats, low in carbohydrates, and punctuated by intermittent fasting.

Identifying lies from NIH is an exercise in picking low-hanging fruit. There’s so much you don’t know where to start. For our purposes, let’s stick to Lord “I Am Science” Fauci. Anthony Fauci was director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease at NIH for decades. His record is, at best, awful. When AIDS first popped up in the early 1980s, he predicted a major epidemic. Certainly, we didn’t know much, but when the early data showed that AIDS (then called GRID – Gay Related Immune Deficiency) was almost exclusively in the male homosexual community, a light bulb should have gone off. Instead, Fauci stuck to his story, even as scientific evidence showed that AIDS was a blood-borne disease almost exclusively related to male homosexuality. No epidemic would ever emerge in the broader populace, as testing soon prevented almost all transfusion-related cases.

This should have given us a hint that Fauci was not to be trusted, but when Ebola jumped into the headlines, our favorite fear-monger was back at it. He wasn’t content with his sinecure in the obscurity of NIAID. No. Public attention is the very air that bureaucrats breathe. As long as they don’t make themselves a laughingstock, this adulation is likely to increase their funding and power. Since the NIH is such a “pure” source of good, the news media amplified his alarm. Of course, it wasn’t true. Ebola is a very deadly disease in humans. Because of that, it causes intense local flare-ups, which completely die out just as quickly. Most people just don’t want to risk their lives with such an obviously lethal pathogen, and without new hosts, the disease dies out. As a virologist, Fauci should have known that. But, as a bureaucratic virologist, he knew that a new drug to treat this plague would be the perfect answer. Unfortunately, when he had the chance to actually test Remdesivir against Ebola, it failed. And, by the way, the epidemic never happened. Somehow, his cheerleaders in the media simply “moved on,” ignoring their hero’s lies.

Then came his shining moment. Fauci funded the development of a virus that actually spread worldwide in weeks. That alone should have been a huge blinking light to point out how non-lethal COVID-19 actually was. And we knew within a couple of months that the Wuhan Flu wasn’t any worse than ordinary seasonal flu. But Fauci and Deborah Birx (the actual power behind the short court jester) could not allow that truth to come out. So they took an obscure test called RtPCR out of the research lab and put it where it should never have been used: diagnosis.

Your drive-through tonsillectomy gets run through a number of RNA and DNA duplication cycles until there’s enough to measure. The scientists who developed it say that the proper maximum number is 25. But the CDC said to run 40 cycles. That’s enough to make a glass of tap water test positive. Suddenly, you have a “case.” Anyone who becomes a case, even if they die of a motorcycle accident, gets listed as a COVID fatality.

Next, you have to look like you have an actual way to deal with the disease. This is clearly airborne, but you don’t admit it. You sell tons of hand sanitizer, which has no effect on transmission. You said we don’t need masks, but you change your tune and insist we wear them. Or double masks. Even while you get caught on camera without a mask. You know that airborne diseases are spread most effectively in closed spaces with recirculated air, but you recommend lockdowns, which make more people sick. Closing businesses makes things worse, so you get Congress to print money to take the pain away. But the silver bullet will be a vaccine, and you get the President all in by keeping him as fearful of the bug as everyone else. He cuts lots of red tape with Operation Warp Speed, and the vaccine is announced right after a stolen election boots him from the White House.

Another lie is the law that lets Pfizer and Moderna off the hook. Congress eliminated ordinary product liability for the vaccine. They produced a completely untested mRNA product and hid their data, but the FDA still issued Emergency Use Authorization even though the actual mortality rate was far less than one percent. We knew within weeks the vaccine was lethal. Myocarditis was identified in published studies by February 16, 2021. A host of other side effects were identified and denied by the CDC. And, by the way, the vaccine was for a disease that no longer existed: the Alpha Variant. We were deep into Delta and Omicron by the time it arrived. These were diseases that followed Muller’s Ratchet. They mutated to infect more people but to make them less sick.

We can’t leave this subject without mentioning treatment. Within three months of the outbreak multiple researchers were publishing studies showing great success in outpatient treatment with Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin in combination with Azithromycin and Zinc. But the FDA said it was a horse dewormer, so it shouldn’t be used. (The protocols wouldn’t make money for anyone, since the drugs were off patent and dirt cheap.) The CDC made life impossible for many when it strong-armed the Medicare, Medicaid, hospitals, and state licensing boards to prevent this “off-label” use. Medical professionals lost their licenses and hospital privileges because they prescribed these effective treatments that would have ended the scare. There would have been no need for the vaccine, and Fauci’s pet drug, Remdesivir, would not have had an opportunity to kill more patients in the hospital. And he wouldn’t have made his royalties, the hospitals would have lost their CARES Act millions in subsidies, and Pfizer and Moderna wouldn’t have banked billions in profits on unnecessary shots that we now know kill people with a host of problems, including turbo cancers.

The list of lies by the government in just this tale of woe is like Ice Man’s johnson: long and distinguished. (Go watch the original Top Gun bar scene if you don’t get the joke.) We’ve barely scratched the surface here. But the moral of the story is clear. Government agencies that exist “for our good” are nothing of the kind. They lie to us constantly, and believing their lies is deadly.

Image: from NIH

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