Yes, you just read those numbers correctly: $858B for military spending and an almost FOUR HUNDRED PERCENT INCREASE in annual spending for the Centers for Disease Control. I wonder what all of this could be used for?….
YES, much of it is going to be used: to stockpile weapons after U.S. munitions have been shipped to Ukraine; to launder money, e.g., $950M to Lockheed Martin, the nation’s largest military contractor, and $2B to Raytheon Technologies for missile systems; see also FTX / Ukraine / Election scheme; but what about the balance? Additionally, and/or more importantly, what about the 400% increase to the CDC?
INCREASED FUNDING FOR VACCINE INJURIES & DEATHS
The $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill provides for more than $15M for administrative expenses for the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Trust Fund, and $31M for “reimbursement of expenses of the Department of Justice for processing cases under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. As you know from being loyal FLTJ Readers, the NVICP funds the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which is designed to “compensate vaccine-related injury or death petitions for covered vaccines administered on or after October 1, 1988.” As you also know, the NVICP does not cover injuries or death from “countermeasures” – vaccinations, medications, devices, or other items recommended to diagnose, prevent or treat a declared pandemic, epidemic or security threat, such as Ebola, Smallpox (!!!), Zika, “Pandemic Influenza,” Anthrax, and COVID-19 – but rather injuries and deaths relating to or arising out of the flu, MMR, DTap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis [whooping cough]), HPV, pneumonia, and other [mandated] childhood vaccines. The Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) covers injuries and death caused by countermeasures. [See this HRSA Comparison Chart for details.]
While $46M is alarming, it’s a nominal amount in the context of $1.7T and is not necessarily indicative of any prediction by the Federal “Government” of an excess of injuries or death resulting from or relating to the COVID-19 vaccines.
So… SHOW US THE MONEY!
Recall that in August 2022, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced the agency would undergo a major “reset” [pun intended, I’m sure] to address its failures managing the COVID-19 “public health emergency,” including the following changes she hoped would come by “early 2023” per an email to CDC staff :
- Increase the use of preprints to get information out more quickly, rather than waiting for peer-reviewed reports in the MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) (!!!!);
- Create a new executive council to set strategy and priorities [with no information about how this differs from the existing Advisory Committee to the Director];
- Restructure Communications Office and revamp the website;
- Create a new Office on “Intergovernmental Affairs”: “an integrated national approach to homeland security by coordinating and advancing federal interaction with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments” or vertical integration from the local to federal level [read: end to federalism and state’s individual police powers];
- Create a new Office on Health Equity [!?];
- Hire Mary Wakefield, President Obama’s HRSA Director, to oversee all the changes; and
- Ask Congress to mandate state data sharing with the CDC. [insert head exploding emoji here]
Her announcement followed the CDC’s receipt of over $27B dollars and administration of over $56B dollars in grants to address COVID-19 from March 2020 through February 2022, which was in addition to the CDC’s typical annual budget of around $8B, must be approved by the Department of Health and Human Services secretary, Xavier Becerra, and is already receiving pushback. Thankfully, logically, many officials are skeptical of pouring more money into an agency that – by its own admission – underperformed and made serious errors that ruined the lives of millions of Americans. To that end, Libertarian think tank Brownstone Institute President, Jeffrey Tucker, who writes for the Epoch Times, suggests:
“A better solution would be to abolish the CDC. States can handle all of its responsibilities. It didn’t even exist until 1947. Its purpose was mosquito control, spraying a now-banned chemical (DDT) everywhere. These days, we handle that by going to Home Depot.
The CDC as an agency grew out of the 1944 Public Health Services Act that permitted nationally ordered quarantines for the first time. The legislative history of that thing remains a mystery to me. Regardless, it is nowhere justified in the U.S. Constitution. This act needs to go, too. So do all the federal agencies to which it gave rise. This is the only real solution.”
Note, the “rest announcement” also came just one month after another surprise announcement that HHS agency – the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) – would be given more power and responsibility in pandemic management than the CDC. Per a memo from ASPR Assistant Secretary Dawn O’Connell – who has degrees in literature (Vanderbilt) and law (Tulane) (not science or medicine) – and was appointed by the Senate in 2021:
“In recognition of the tremendous value this team brings to the Department and the American people—and due to the increasing size and scope of what we do—I asked [HHS] Secretary [Xavier] Becerra to consider making us an Operating Division and I am pleased to report that Secretary Becerra has made the critically important decision to elevate our team from a Staff Division to an Operating Division (OpDiv)[!].
“This change allows ASPR to mobilize a coordinated national response more quickly and stably during future disasters and emergencies while equipping us with greater hiring and contracting capabilities. As an OpDiv, we are now in the same category as other large HHS teams with core operational responsibilities such as CDC, NIH, FDA, CMS, and ACF. This change is an important next step for our organization which has continued to grow and evolve since its creation in 2006—the pace of which has quickened over the past year. This change is also a recognition of the good work you all have been and continue to do on behalf of the American People.”
SO, despite acknowledged failures, the three-to-four-fold increase in expenditures over the last almost-three years, and the fact that the White House is expanding pandemic response of ASPR, Joe’s FY2023 budget is going to increase the CDC’s budget from just under $9 billion dollars to $38.76 billion, a 356.9% increase relative to 2022. Which begs the question: is the Omnibus Bill the backdoor to such Congressional oversight and approval??? Shouldn’t we be abolishing the CDC, not expanding it?!
- The CDC admitted they failed. Period. Full stop. We do not reward failures, or pump money into failing systems.
- American tax dollars do not need to be funneled through the CDC for states to perform their constitutional obligation to protect public health and welfare. Americans would be better served by allowing those tax dollars to stay at home rather than to go to a federal agency that wants less accountability, and then funnels the money back to the states, with certain terms and conditions.
- When states or localities get CDC grants and awards they are oftentimes required to follow CDC guidance. But states are better equipped to know the unique needs of their own citizens and communities and can act more quickly than a huge federal agency that must account for the needs of a whole country. Moving decision making and discretion away from states and local communities when it comes to public health is bad policy, especially after CDC’s conceded failure.
- The CDC does not just move federal tax dollars back to the states, but to “a variety of other entities, including: international governments and organizations; tribal governments and organizations; academia and research institutions; and nonprofit organizations.” Therefore, not surprisingly, part of the CDC’s 2023 budget request is that “global surveillance will be coordinated with public health data modernization initiatives to ensure interoperability and accessibility of data collected in order to provide timely and actionable information to decision makers.”
- The CDC is asking Congress to add a mandatory spending appropriation to expand adult immunization. The CDC proposes to create a “Vaccines for Adults program,” modeled on the Vaccines for Children program, that would provide vaccines for free for qualifying adults to increase the number of adults in compliance with ACIP’s recommendations on the adult immunization schedule… and uploaded into many state’s digital immunization registries (e.g., California’s AB 1797) so it will be easier to “get shots in [adult] arms” during the next pandemic.
“Coordinated national response”? “Adult immunizations”? “Future disasters and emergencies”? “Greater hiring and contracting capabilities”? “Global surveillance” ??Recall,the HHS and CDC already believe that “courts have recognized that while the requirements for probable cause and a warrant generally apply in a criminal context, these standards do not apply when the government is conducting a non-law-enforcement-related activity.” So, what will this unprecedented, unstudied, undebated expansion of federal power mean for our First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Amendment rights, as these “public health agencies” and unelected “public health officers” grow in strength and numbers despite spectacularly mismanaging America’s public health during a “pandemic”?
DIGITAL. MEDICAL. MILITARY. DICTATORSHIP.
WE CANNOT LET THIS PASS:
- Send a letter explaining to U.S. Congress that CDC’s mistakes will grow more deadly as the agency grows. Tell them to say “NO” to CDC expansion.
- Send a letter to members on the Appropriations Committees of the House and Senate, as well as your own elected officials, to vote “NO” on the Omnibus Bill.
- Amplify your voice by calling these key congressmen. [hit the “Phone” icon].