Donna Shalala's deadly intentions

December 31, 1992

This editorial appeared Dec. 18 in the Orange County (Calif. Register.

WITH the United States about to mainline the addictive narcotic of a government-administered health-care system, we should look at the person who will stick that rusty old needle into the bulging vein of our national body politic. Donna Shalala has been nominated to head the $590 billion-per-year Department of Health and Human Services.

In his best-selling book, "Illiberal Education," Dinesh D'Souza detailed the cult of political correctness Ms. Shalala, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, has fostered. In place of scholarship and teaching, she demanded "a basic transformation of American higher education in the name of multiculturalism and diversity."

As head of HHS, Ms. Shalala will be deeply involved in the divisive issues of race and sex in America. Yet she has revealed: "I would plead guilty to both racism and sexism. The university is institutionally racist. American society is racist and sexist. Covert racism is just as bad today as overt racism was 30 years ago. . .

Soon she could be in a position to impose her own radical ideas on us. Indeed, her very emphasis on "covert racism" -- what people think -- is tinged with Orwellian overtones of a national Thought Police.

In an interview this week with the Boston Globe, Ms. Shalala asserted: "Fundamental to all this is my personal commitment to family and children. We will make HHS an agency that intends to improve the health and welfare of families and children in the U.S." She made clear her intention to throw even more taxpayers' money to bureaucrats.

In a better world, parents, not government, take care of "family and children." The only way government can help families is to reduce the immense burden of taxation -- now up to 50 percent of income for families in many states -- grinding families into the dust. . .

Perhaps more conscientious senators from other states will bring out the truth about Ms. Shalala's deadly intentions.

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