I have a real issue with “puffing” the truth in order to get into my pockets. I genuinely hate it when it’s the government because I don’t get to say “No.” At least when it’s some sales charlatan (which I have been one…) I can refuse to purchase whatever they are peddling.
The reason for this post is I want to share a few of my latest aggravations.
The first is the apparent explosion of Autism in the United States. I’ve had numerous conversations with friends of mine who have children with Autism as well as looked into the statistic myself. There is no doubt that it exists and always has existed. But the last part of that sentence seems to get overlooked.
Many of the medically diagnosed Autism cases are “redefinitions” of what was previously considered Mental Retardation or “MR” in today’s politically correct speech. In other words, these cases have existed all along.
The other interesting aspect to this “epidemic” is that educators have been given the power to diagnose… not Medical Doctors, Psychiatrists or Psychologists. Allow me to repeat that… Government School Teachers can determine if your child is Autistic.
And finally, all of the numbers that are currently being used to “substantiate” this new phenomenon were extrapolated from a single county outside of Atlanta. (Do not take my word for this. Drill down through every citation that the “reputable” articles offer and you will ultimately be lead to this county.
So why would teachers be given the ability to diagnose Autism in children?
Because there is a ton of money associated with what are called “special needs children”. The Federal Government sends funding directly to the schools based on the number of these children they (the school) determines they have.
Anything wrong with that picture? And is it any surprise that the cases of Autistic kids would explode?
I don’ think so… I think I pretty much get it.
The CDC has good information but declares right up front (ADDMs page 7) that they are unsure if the increase in diagnosis is due to “widening the spectrum” of what is considered Autism. This means adding children who would have otherwise, or were otherwise diagnosed with MR or related disabilities.
Has anyone shared any of this with you?
Probably not… what we get instead is a constant dose of how the odds are 1 in 110 kids will be diagnosed with Autism… some by Doctors and many by public school teachers.
There are also the advocacy groups… where are They on this you might ask?
Well, while I completely respect the very good work they do they also need money. In fact, once you create an organization it seems your costs always go up… always. They have no reason to confront such ridiculous claims. Actually, they run with these numbers too. It literally pays them to scare the bejesus out of parents and grandparents and anyone else who doesn’t hate kids. The way they see it, the ends justifies the lying. Someone, somewhere, six citations away said it’s true… it benefits us… good enough, it’s true. Run with it. May the checks flow in!
Enough on Autism because I want to complain about Starvation… in the U.S.
What? You didn’t know we had starving children in the U.S. Well we don’t. If anything the children in the U.S. are exploding… So now we have food insecure children in the U.S. This is a classic example of creating an organization when we did indeed have rural areas where starvation could occur due to logistic and economic issues surrounding food. These same areas had known poverty at a level that precluded food stuffs from being accessible. Through hunger organization efforts these problems have been remedied. But these organizations continue to get bigger in size and expense without the correlating need. So they have decided to “redefine” the problem so they can continue to frighten those who don’t pay attention and live to elevate themselves above the rest of us by throwing your donated money (after “expenses”) at problems that don’t actually exist. They have even been able to get the Ad Council to run billboards stating that 1 out of 5 children are “Food Insecure”. That’s 20% of our children to you and me… and what the heck does insecure mean? Did they approach children before lunch and ask them what they were having and if the said “I’m not sure” the box “Food Insecure” was checked? Does anyone ever ask these questions? It’s painful.
So now our obesity epidemic caused, arguably, by easy access to calorie dense food must be repositioned as a “food insecurity” problem. just so these organizations don’t have to stop hiring people or stop handing out raises. Amazing…
These are just a couple of examples but there are many more. (Radon, Lead Paint, Dietary Fiber, Low Fat, Man Made Global Warming etc.) When you start looking at the actual data suddenly a very different picture emerges. (“Science is doubting what the experts think.” – Richard Feynman)
All I know is that if there ain’t no hysteria, there ain’t no sugar.
I’m having an alcohol insecurity problem right now… I’m going to go seek safety.