It’s become clear that the Obama administration and the CDC have been caught woefully unprepared for the arrival of Ebola in the United States. It was just several weeks ago that President Obama downplayed the possibility of Ebola arriving in the U.S.:
First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low. We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States. In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home.
Since those remarks, Ebola did arrive in America, with the first patient dying from the disease, and in the process, infecting a second person. So much for the chances being, “extremely low” and an outbreak being, “unlikely.”
Now, the finger-pointing and blame game has begun, with administration officials looking for scapegoats. Let’s begin the head of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins. Who does he blame for the the failure to stop Ebola? Republicans, of course!
“Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”
The growing severity of the Ebola crisis in West Africa and the fear of an outbreak in America haven’t loosened the purse strings. NIH has not received any additional money. Instead, Collins and others have had to “take dollars that would’ve gone to something else” — such as a universal influenza vaccine — “and redirect them to this.”
Collins said he’d like Congress to pass emergency supplemental appropriations to help with the work. But, he added, “nobody seems enthusiastic about that.”
In other words, if the Republicans hadn’t been so obsessed with cutting government spending, and taking away precious research dollars from the NIH, they could have had this Ebola problem whipped … and moved onto other problems … like overweight lesbians!
What’s that, you ask? Oh yeah … From earlier this year:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance.”
There’s some money right there that could’ve been spent on Ebola research, instead of … fat lesbians.
Meanwhile, Ebola has become a talking point for liberals even outside the Obama administration, because, hey, it’s an election year, and Democrats are looking at a big red wave. So they’re going to use every issue they can to get out the vote. Why not Ebola? Because, after all, remember it was the evil Republicans who brought us Ebola … or something, according to the Agenda Project Action Fund:
Problem with all of this is … it’s just not true!
Who tried to increase NIH funding during the “shutdown?” Republicans. Who blocked it? Harry Reid. http://t.co/sdbsvIqOs0
— RB (@RBPundit) October 13, 2014
Of course, the moonbats on MSNBC love to sing in harmony, so they’re all over the, “blame Republicans,” talking point like stink on a fat lesbian:
To the anti-government wingers in my thread: so far, the only “spread of Ebola” in the U.S. was caused by a private hospital in a red state. — Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 12, 2014