November 15, 2007 (GBN News): In an unusual coincidence, both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and schools Chancellor Joel Klein have been diagnosed with the same rare neurological condition. The disease, said to be so uncommon that is has not yet been given a name by the medical community, is characterized by a total disconnect between one side of the body and the other.
Dr. Renee Smythe, a Neurologist at the East Side Medical Center, is a nationally recognized expert on the disease. She told GBN News that this condition can have some serious consequences. “In layman’s terms, the best way to describe it,” the doctor said, “is that one hand literally doesn’t know what the other is doing.”
Dr. Smythe was asked how the disease is diagnosed. She said that the condition does not show up in standard medical tests. “It usually reveals itself through a person’s behavior,” she told us. “Actually, in this case it was pretty obvious. You’ve got the Mayor and Chancellor pushing their school cell phone ban against all reason, then next thing you know they’re giving out the phones as rewards to students. Same thing with the school report cards. You get a school with a terrific quality review, which is then given a D or F grade by the very same department that did the quality review, and neither the Mayor nor the Chancellor sees any problem with this system. If this isn’t a case of one hand not knowing the other’s business, I don’t know what is.”
When asked about the prognosis, Dr. Smyth indicated that a cure is unlikely to be found any time soon, given the rarity of the disease and the paucity of research. The best recourse, she said, is to keep the person out of any decision-making or policy-making situations, because that is where the most damage can occur. “Unfortunately,” she said, “it appears that neither the Mayor nor the Chancellor is being held in the least bit accountable for their actions regarding the school system. So the chance of stopping them from doing these kinds of things before the Mayor’s term expires in 2009 is very low. The only cure at this point seems to be term limits.”