June 23, 2004

George Bush thinks you have lost your mind

The Bush Administration is set to unveil a sweeping initiative next month that recommends that every single American citizen be screened for mental illness.

The New Freedom Initiative, according to a progress report, seeks to integrate mentally ill patients fully into the community by providing "services in the community, rather than institutions," the British Medical Journal reported.

The initiative began with Bush's launch in April 2002 of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which conducted a "comprehensive study of the United States mental health service delivery system."

The panel found that "despite their prevalence, mental disorders often go undiagnosed" and recommended comprehensive mental health screening for "consumers of all ages," including preschool children.

The commission said, "Each year, young children are expelled from preschools and childcare facilities for severely disruptive behaviors and emotional disorders."

Schools, the panel concluded, are in a "key position" to screen the 52 million students and 6 million adults who work at the schools.

Translation? "You and your children are crazy until proven not; and we're gonna screen your kids -- at school -- whether you like it or not."
Eli Lilly, manufacturer of one of the drugs recommended in the plan, has multiple ties to the Bush administration, BMJ says. The elder President Bush was a member of Lilly's board of directors and President Bush appointed Lilly's chief executive officer, Sidney Taurel, to the Homeland Security Council.
My question is whether they are going to try to take your children from you if you choose not to permit them to be screened; not to mention what happens to you if you choose not to be screened yourself.

No official word on this entire mess from the Administration...yet.

Stay tuned.

Posted by mhking at June 23, 2004 05:31 PM

Anybody who still has their kids in public school in 2004 probably is insane.

Posted by: McGehee at June 23, 2004 06:06 PM

This really blows my mind. I wouldn't even expect the Democrats to come up with something like this. That noise you hear off in the distance is George Orwell laughing from beyond the grave.

Posted by: Beck at June 23, 2004 08:51 PM

I hope like hell this isn't true. When Clinton said everybody in the country should carry a medical card people ran around waving their arms and screaming - I read one article that called it "cradle to grave slavery". I'm going to add this to my list: "They don't win elections, they lose them."

Again, I hope this isn't true.

Posted by: Keith at June 23, 2004 09:51 PM

whoa - this is loony. Bush better be first in line for screening if this is his baby.

Posted by: Deb at June 24, 2004 01:19 AM

Maybe he figures he didn't scare off a sufficient number of his base with the immigration amnesty plan.

Posted by: Beck at June 24, 2004 03:41 PM
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