I guess this is part of Donald Trump making America great again? Eliminating words that threaten him in some type of way? I’m not sure what the purpose of this is, or why there was a need to eliminate the CDC from using certain words in official documents pertaining to their budget report, but, here we are. And just like everything else, this feels like a small step toward something much bigger, and most likely very sinister.
The Washington Post (@wapo) reports, policy analyst at the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, were told of a list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget. Those forbidden words: vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, fetus, evidence based, science based, and transgender.
In some instances, the analyst were given “alternative phrases”. Instead of science based or evidence based, the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.” In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.
Spokesman for the Health And Human Services, which oversee the CDC told the Washington Post, they “will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”
The question of how to address such issues as sexual orientation, gender identity and abortion rights, all of which received significant visibility under the Obama Administration, has surfaced repeatedly in federal agencies since Trump took office. Several key departments, including HHS, as well as Justice, Education, and Housing and Urban Development, have changed some federal policies and how they collect government information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
Could be about nothing……..or it could be what I said earlier……… most things the Trump administration does, look like the beginning of something much larger and much much more sinister. Take from that what you will, but don’t say you didn’t see a thing coming when that thing finally reveals itself. The writing has been on the wall since the day Trump took office.