It didn’t take long for Democrats to politicize the dangerous Ebola outbreak and begin blaming Republicans. A TV ad from the liberal Agenda Project tries to lay blame on Republican cuts in CDC funding for the current Ebola fiasco. The Huffington Post, some Democrat members of Congress, and even Hillary Clinton are also pointing to budget cuts to the CDC and NIH (National Institutes of Health) as reasons for poor preparation for the outbreak. These claims are easily debunked and the truth, as usual, is that government agencies are becoming more incompetent, inefficient, politically correct, and out of control.
From Michelle Malkin:
At $7 billion, the Centers for Disease Control 2014 budget is nearly 200 percent bigger now than it was in 2000. Those evil, stingy Republicans actually approved CDC funding increases in January larger than what President Obama requested…while Ebola and enterovirus D68 wreak havoc on our health system, the CDC has been busying itself with an ever-widening array of non-disease control campaigns…mandatory motorcycle helmet laws…$10 million last year to study violent video games… funded countless studies to prevent boo-boos and accidents on the nations’ playgrounds…funded studies and campaigns “promoting positive community norms” and “safe, stable, nurturing relationships” in homes and schools…Why is this the CDC’s business?
In 2000, the agency essentially lied to Congress about how it spent up to $7.5 million earmarked each year since 1993 for research on the deadly hantavirus…The CDC also misspent $22.7 million appropriated for chronic fatigue syndrome and was investigated in 2001 for squandering $13 million on hepatitis C research…the CDC has its own private funding pipeline…To date, the entity has raised some $400 million to support the CDC’s work.
Read it all here: The Centers for Everything but Disease Control