Click here to watch my somewhat unusual interivew on Fox 5's Good Day New York, where I'm joined by celebrity wife Lisa Oz, who claims to be a victim of West Nile Virus, based on the diagnosis of her husband, Dr. Oz. As my National Center for Public Policy Research colleague David Almasi blogged,
Jeff says Mayor Bloomberg and his staff were too fixated on their own nanny-state agenda of regulating behavior and too mindful of the agenda of health and environment activists to act effectively during "one of the worst years" for the disease. The government succumbed to an irrational fear of pesticides at a time when they should have been concentrating on educating the public about the risk of the West Nile virus and combating it through an effective pesticide spraying strategy.
"The mayor should be leading," Jeff said. "Instead,... they are only spraying as a last resort."
My comments were based on my New York Post op-ed on the topic, Risking the Public Health; City Fumbles West Nile Spraying.