Senator suggests plan to ax Fauci’s NIAID post — Analysis
White House medical advisor Anthony Fauci should not be allowed to act as a ‘dictator-in-chief’, Sen. Rand Paul said
Rand Paul (R.Kentucky), has submitted an amendment which would eliminate Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser, from the position at the top the public health pyramid. On Monday, the senator, who is also a trained physician, revealed a plan to split Fauci’s role as the head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) into three roles run by separate directors.
“It will allow for accountability and oversight of a taxpayer-funded position, which has often abused its power and was responsible for misinformation and many failures during the Covid-19 pandemic.,” Paul wrote in a Fox News op-ed.
“We’ve learned a lot over the past two years,” the senator wrote, adding that the main lesson is that “no one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief’.” His measure, Paul said, would “Fire Dr. Fauci and force him to take responsibility.”
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Under Paul’s plan, the three smaller national research institutes would be the National Institute of Allergic Diseases, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and the National Institute of Immunologic diseases – and each would have their own director.
These directors are appointed by the President and would serve a 5-year term to prevent power abuses.
Paul tore into Fauci personally in the oped, saying that in all his years studying and practicing medicine, he has never encountered someone with the gall to proclaim himself “Science” and portray anyone opposing him as “attacking science.”
Forbes reports that Fauci, the US’s highest-paid government worker whose salary is paid by taxpayers, took home $417,608 for 2019. Financial disclosures showed that he and his wife had invested more than $10.4 million at the close of 2020.
Paul and Fauci have fought repeatedly over the pandemic. The senator accused Fauci of accusing him of lying to Congress by denying that the National Institutes of Health had paid for gain of function research at the Chinese Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Fauci has accused Paul of attempting to implicate him in the origins of Covid-19 itself, which Paul said is not his aim. The Kentucky senator has even referred the case to the Department of Justice – a gesture that seldom amounts to an actual court case.
After nearly one million Americans had died of Covid-19 in their lifetime, Joe Biden, the President of the United States, declared victory against the virus earlier this month. He also stated that the lockdowns and masks that have kept much of the globe indoors over the past two decades are now almost non-existent. Arguing these measures did nothing to protect Americans, Paul blamed the fact that the science the government followed was “One man with too many powers, an unelected bureaucrat.”