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News Another Bush Appointee Bites The Dust

  1. Jul 11, 2007 #1
    Dr. Richard Carmona a local Tucson resident and skilled trauma surgeon was not invited by the administration to serve another four year term as Surgeon General. Locals, myself included, had wondered why Rich had kept such a low profile as Surgeon General. He is a very outspoken person.


    The guy couldn't even mention any form of birth control except abstinence.
    Every time he made a speech he was required to mention Bush by name.
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  3. Jul 12, 2007 #2

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    Carmona also stated that the office of the SG has been politicized more and more over the years, and former SGs claimed that under Bush it has been much worse than ever before - that Carsmona had it much worse than they did. But it does seem to be a systemic problem that the SG is now a political pawn rather than a public servant and the voice of science wrt public health issues.
  4. Jul 12, 2007 #3


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    Apparently he had to mention Bush at least 3 times per page.

    Surgeon General Sees 4-Year Term as Compromised
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    This is unbelieveable. This is the shining example of democracy we want to send to the rest of the world.
  5. Jul 13, 2007 #4
    Its curious that as a physician I couldn't even tell you the SG's name--in the past, I knew. IMO, simply emblematic of the anti-science attitude in the current administration. Even more galling was the appointment to head some council of womens health issues an adamant anti-abortionist.
  6. Jul 13, 2007 #5
    I don't know how the Bush administration kept Carmona muzzled. Perhaps it is because he is a former member of the military that he displayed loyalty.

    Locally he was a very outspoken trauma surgeon and a member of the swat team. In the 90's he rappelled from a helicopter to rescue the survivor of a medevac helicopter which had crashed in a mountainous area.
  7. Jul 21, 2007 #6


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    This is a little off-topic, but related to the above theme:


    Clinton's appointment to Fish & Wildlife was Dr. Robert Davison, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at South Dakota State University. Bush's appointment to the same post, Julie MacDonald, is a Civil Engineer.

    MacDonald resigned a couple months ago, just as a House congressional oversight hearing was about to boot her off.
  8. Jul 23, 2007 #7
    This is pretty typical. A lot of Bush appointees have either not been qualified to do the job, or ended up in an area outside of their area of expertise. Homeland Security's Chertoff was a federal appeals court judge.:rolleyes:

    BTW The head of the Veterans Administration resigned recently.
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