By Duncan Smith

How can you tell when a federal bureaucrat has been in Washington, D.C., far too long?

When said bureaucrat can literally lie his a** off without consequence, even when it comes to making recommendations that literally affect every single American (along with the tens of millions of illegal aliens living here).

Someone like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who’s literally been a federal functionary for his entire adult life (he just turned 80).

In an op-ed published by Fox News, Sen. Marco Rubio blasted Fauci for lying to Americans over the COVID-19 pandemic — repeatedly — in order to get all of us to ‘change our behaviors’ and become good little sheep for the smart bureaucrats to more easily manage:

Thanks to our news media's monomaniacal obsession with President Trump, few have paid attention to an important interview that Dr. Anthony Fauci gave last week, in which he acknowledged that he selectively lied to the American public about the coronavirus and what was needed for our national recovery. 

The story is straightforward. For most of this year, Dr. Fauci and other scientists in our public health establishment have been telling Americans that about 60 to 70 percent of the nation would need a vaccine in order for us to reach herd immunity and make the coronavirus a non-issue.

But, speaking with The New York Times, Dr. Fauci admitted that he believes the real number is in fact significantly higher — perhaps 75 to 90 percent — and he declined to be forthright because he felt the country wasn't ready to hear it. Only now did he say that he feels he has the freedom to “nudge this up a bit” without discouraging the nation.

I am sure that Dr. Fauci — the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — made the decision to mislead with nothing but good intentions. However, let's be clear about what he was doing: lying to the American people in order to manipulate their behavior. 

The American people deserve the truth; they also deserve accountability. When elected representatives make decisions, they can be held responsible by the public. But when public health officials with decades of experience and leadership within our nation's institutions short-circuit the political process and make these decisions themselves, they deny the American people that same opportunity — and to change course if desired. …

I do not question Dr. Fauci's motives — I trust they are noble — but I am appalled by his arrogance. If he wants to lead the nation, he should run for office. Otherwise, he should give us an honest and transparent reading of the science, not polling data, and let the rest of us —policymakers and the American people who have elected them — do our jobs.

What a concept, holding people in government accountable.

It’s just too bad that it literally never happens.

The federal workforce, thanks to years of assists from tyrannical Democrats, has become an entity unto itself.

Bad workers can barely be fired. Liars are given promotions and raises. Manipulators like Fauci lauded.

There is no accountability in Washington, D.C., and there hasn’t been for decades.

It’s no wonder when people get there, they never want to leave.

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