U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) has proposed a bill looking to get access to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s financial records that is going nowhere.
It is noise, and I would argue it isn’t even valuable noise.
Now, questions asking whether his decision-making is tied to his personal finances is completely fair game. There has to be some reason to suggest it is happening other than as Carl put it — “purely a gut feeling.”
Carl’s concerns are clear. He rightly questions how Fauci can “come out with a statement one week, and then a week later it would be totally different.” He also believes that if we could view his financials we might be able to see a pattern.
During a Tuesday interview on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show” in Huntsville, Carl was asked whether this bill could ever become law.
He acknowledged, “[W]e’re smart enough to know it’s not going to work. But we would love a look at his financials.”
This, of course, is nothing new. Bills are offered as a way to make a point all the time.
Bills demanding we defund the police are filed, and they go nowhere. Bills also have suggested we finish the border wall, and they, much like the wall, are going nowhere. It is part of the game.
My issue with Carl’s bill is that it isn’t predicated on anything other than the gut of a lone congressman, and potentially some of his colleagues, but not on any evidence of wrongdoing.
You may ask, “What evidence could be found if we don’t look?” I would admit that is not a compelling argument for government action.
This “there might be something” approach has ramped up significantly in recent years with liberal politicians and talking heads on cable news opining that former President Donald Trump did “X” because of his financial relationship with “Y.” Those mere accusations reverberated regularly without any substantiation for well over four years. Their “gut feelings” led news cycles and changed America.
The goal of that kind of talk, and the hunting for tax returns, wasn’t because of accusations of wrongdoing, but because they all had a “gut feeling” that something had to be wrong, and we need to have all of this information so we can find out.
They wanted to create doubt, and it worked. The Trump administration will always have a cloud over it because of this coverage and these baseless allegations.
And the media hasn’t stopped. Congress is seeking the telephone records of U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), President Donald Trump, Trump family members and some Republicans in Congress because the media and their Democrats have a “gut feeling” that they planned the U.S. Capitol riot.
There is no credible evidence of wrongdoing by these men on January 6. If there were, they would present it.
It is wrong, and it is a witch hunt.
Rep. Carl is suggesting the same thing.
He was asked about this comparison and acknowledged that he never thought of it this way and he will now “consider” dropping this proposed bill targeting Fauci.
Rep. Carl has previously offered up a resolution calling for Fauci’s resignation because he is not very good at his job, this is a good point.
The point here is simple: In American politics, we have decided that our political adversaries are not just wrong but they are evil. Their intentions aren’t just off base — they are ill-intentioned.
The desire to do what they do is strong, but it is also wrong.
It doesn’t have to be this way.