Though deified by the left over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, infectious disease doctor Anthony Fauci has been facing increasing scrutiny in recent days from both sides of the aisle, and now Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) has just officially introduced a bill to relieve him from his duties once and for all, as Fox News reports.
The proposed legislation, co-sponsored by GOP Reps. Chip Roy (TX), Andy Biggs (AZ), and Ralph Norman (SC), is called the Fauci’s Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal (FIRED) Act, and it would implement a retroactive limit of 12 years on the tenure of any director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the position Fauci has held since 1984.
In proposing the measure, Davidson argued that Fauci has grossly mishandled the pandemic and that formal steps are needed to bolster accountability for the conduct of unelected bureaucrats, saying, “Dr. Fauci represents everything that President Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell address: the scientific-technical elite steering the country toward their own ends,” as Breitbart noted.
Davidson also said that “Few people have earned their termination more visibly,” and that “It’s time for him to step aside so that new leadership can ‘follow the science’ and start reopening America.”
While the legislation stands virtually no chance of becoming law due to certain resistance from Democrats and President Joe Biden, that is not to say that Fauci and the leadership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to enjoy the full-throated support of the American public or their representatives in Congress.
Earlier this week, moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins (ME) blasted current CDC Director Rochelle Walensky for the deluge of conflicting guidance promulgated by the agency related to the risk of outdoor virus transmission and the questionable collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers behind some of its recent proclamations on school reopening, according to a release from her office.
During a Tuesday hearing, Collins lamented to Walensky, “I used to have the utmost respect for the guidance from the CDC. I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don’t anymore. The conflicting, confusing guidance from your agency has undermined public confidence and contradicts the scientific guidance of many experts.”
Notably, it is not just Republicans who are losing faith in the public health experts whose advice has steered often-controversial policy decisions since early 2020 and the current administration that has continued to send mixed messages on issues ranging from masks to vaccines. Even CNN’s Jake Tapper has questioned President Biden’s bizarre practice of wearing masks indoors despite the fact that he and everyone nearby has been vaccinated and that the CDC says such a precaution is not needed, saying:
I think the concern is that by being overly cautious, the signal is going out to the public that there isn’t necessarily light at the end of the tunnel.
Though Davidson’s FIRED Act is essentially dead on arrival in Congress, his point that America’s so-called public health experts have failed in very significant ways over the past several months is well-taken, and it will hopefully prompt a hearty debate about the need to limit the seemingly unfettered power of the unelected bureaucracy to wreak havoc on the nation.