A czar for this; a czar for that – rampant under Hussein Soetoro was the appointment of individuals to oversee, control, or direct some aspect of American life.
The practice began, in earnest, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. however, Woodrow Wilson appointed the first one, financier Bernard Baruch, to “head the War Industries Board,” earning Baruch the nickname of “industries czar.”
Appointed by the executive branch, these individuals are not usually subjected to congressional confirmation, though there has been Senate confirmation of some appointees.
These “czars” supposedly advise the president on policy of the particular area/issue that these individuals are assigned, providing some type of administrative direction.
In the past, there has been a “border czar, ” a “bank bailout czar,” an “AIDS czar,” a “birth control czar,” a “bird flu czar,” a “faith-based czar,” and a bevy of others that one wonders why some have been appointed when the Constitution gives no authority to the government to bailout banks, oversee birth control or other health care issues, and interfere in religion.
It appears “czars” are appointed whenever there is some “declared crisis” or “perceived problem” government deems it is its duty to address whether or not there is constitutional authority to do so.
President Trump, speaking at an impromptu news conference on Monday, said he plans to have “a major announcement, probably next week,” on the nation’s opioid drug crisis.
The president also said he’ll take another look at the man he’s nominated to be his drug czar, now that questions have surfaced about the nominee’s support for the makers and distributors of prescription pain pills.
“This country, and frankly the world, has a drug problem. The world has a drug problem,” Trump said. “But we have it, and we’re going to do something about it. So I’m going to have a major announcement on that problem next week. We’re going to be looking into Tom,” he added.
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), Trump’s pick to head the White House office of National Drug Control Policy, had come under fire since the joint investigation by “60 minutes” and the Washington Post revealed Marino sponsored legislation that increased the difficulty of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to halt “the diversion of pain pills to unscrupulous doctors and other distributors.”
The investigation pegged the republic’s “opioid crisis” as being fueled by Congress and the drug, aka pharmaceutical, industry.
Moreover, it revealed, “the industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns.”
So, Trump declares “this country, and frankly the world, has a drug problem.”
One cannot argue with that when everything from normal anxiety to ADHD, ADD, and nervousness is over-diagnosed in order to prescribe the patient the “latest and greatest” pharmaceutical agent.
Too many children are being “doped up” on unnecessary medications because some “expert” or professional declares a child has some disorder needing treatment to “improve” behavior at home and in the classroom.
Most of these children can do without those medications with proper parenting and exercise of discipline.
While some citizens are rightfully concerned about this “over-diagnosis” of problems to prescribe medications to children in situations where drugs are not needed, government has little issue with “medicating” children.
But, government’s concern now is the 200,000 deaths over the last two decades from the “opioid crisis.”
Also cited is the “concern” over increasing “addiction” to opioids. Yet, addiction is used inappropriately encompassing dependence and tolerance, which are apples, oranges, and grapefruits.
“In 2014, there were 9.6 deaths from these alcohol-induced causes per 100,000, an increase of 37 percent since 2002,” reported The Washington Post on December 22, 2015.
And, let’s not get into how many individuals in the united States are obese, overweight, and have some type of food addiction.
Citizens hear from medical professionals about the health dangers of being overweight – diabetes, hypertension, cardiac problems, respiratory ailments, etc.
When it comes to “abuses,” anyone can find something to abuse – it’s in the nature of some people to eat excessively, drink excessively, or smoke.
Are Americans to expect a “czar” to be appointed for these problems and a “national emergency” declared for alcohol, food, and tar and nicotine?
But, a report/investigation by the propaganda arm of the government, along with the “whistleblowing” of a former DEA agent places the responsibility of the government declared “opioid crisis” squarely on the shoulders of government.
The DEA claimed legislation enacted by Congress prevented the agency from stopping distribution of pain pills to “unscrupulous” doctors, rogue distributors and pharmacies peddling these narcotics on the black market.
Interesting, the only information presented by this “whistleblower” by subsequent news media outlets is the peddling of narcotics on the black market when the investigation indicated that pain clinics were “shady pill mills.”
The agent did not say some pain clinics were shady pill mills; he just said pain clinics.
He claimed pain clinics were popping up everywhere, overnight, off entrance and exit ramps of interstates.
The report described “shady pill mills” as “pain clinics with rogue doctors to write fraudulent prescriptions and complicit pharmacies to fill them.”
That’s a very broad generalization when there are reputable pain management practices aka clinics who have successfully managed individuals with chronic pain without incident.
Again, this report uses addiction to also include dependence and tolerance.
Since the DEA had difficulty with arresting doctors and pharmacists, the agency decided to climb the food chain to the distributor while implicating Congress.
Does anyone else have any suspicions about the timing of this report/investigation?
Congress has always been in the back pocket of Big Pharma, as well as many other “health” organizations.
But, now, it’s time to exercise control over Big Pharma and distributors?
Does anyone believe that Congress is going to “bite the hand” that donates heavily to congressional campaigns?
Moreover, when has Congress EVER sanctioned itself or any member of either chamber?
The narrative being peddled to the public is skewed toward the negative generalization – everyone on opioids becomes addicted and risks death from overdose because of abusing this dangerous, risky medication.
Terms used by the news media and this agent whistleblower are “drug dealers in lab coats” and “people with no legitimate need” for opioids.
This is only one side of the story.
As with any substance that alters the mind, there are always going to be individuals who abuse those substances, misuse them, and use them to excess.
And, there are plenty of manipulative individuals who are skilled at convincing doctors to prescribing narcotics when the individual doesn’t need them or intends to sell them. Individuals engaging in such behavior can die from their own folly.
It goes back to the question – do we blame alcohol and cars for killing an individual in an accident or do we blame the individual who was driving while under the influence of alcohol?
Do we blame alcohol for all the deaths from 2006-2010 or the individual who excessively used to their own detriment?
Why are we not concerned about the over medication and sometimes unnecessary medication of our children, blindly accepting what a doctor says knowing pharmaceutical companies are pushing the pill solution for children?
It’s hard to believe that citizens cannot see where this declared “opioid crisis” is heading.
It’s amazing that some will buy what the government and its agencies are saying about the “opioid crisis” but will question the official narrative on the Las Vegas shooting.
If government contrives in one area, it will contrive in all areas.
There is a reason government is now going after opioids and it isn’t because of 200,000 deaths in two decades when alcohol-related deaths are much more and alcohol excesses and abuses are just as prevalent, or more so.