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ZIKA AND THE DEMOCRATS

Friday, August 5th, 2016

 

Zika and the Democrats

Obama is sitting on money and methods to slow the virus. Instead he blames Congress.

Miami police office Michelle Albelo hands out cans of insect repellent on August 2.ENLARGE
Miami police office Michelle Albelo hands out cans of insect repellent on August 2. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

The Zika virus is only beginning to hit the U.S. mainland, but its political exploitation is already an epidemic. To wit, the Obama Administration that is sitting on money and methods to reduce the Zika outbreak is using the virus as a political bludgeon to elect more Democrats.

A Zika outbreak hit Miami this week, and the Centers for Disease Control on Monday advised pregnant women to get checked for possible exposure. Women in Miami are being told to cover up, stay indoors and wear insect repellant because the virus can cause malformed brains in the womb. These are sensible precautions, but it would be better if the government wasn’t dysfunctional in spending the money it has and eradicating the mosquitoes that carry the disease.

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THE BLAME-DEFLECTION GAME

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

 

Published on The Weekly Standard (www.weeklystandard.com)

The Blame-Deflection Game

The Scrapbook

October 27, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 07

The Ebola outbreak understandably has Americans on edge. How the Obama administration has redefined the expectations of government competency for even the most cynical among us has a lot to do with it. Rather than stepping up to meet a potential health crisis, the government is instead deflecting blame. “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,” National Institutes of Health head Dr. Francis Collins said last week. And we presume the Ready for Hillary crowd isn’t ready to stop Ebola; Clinton is also blaming a lack of funding for impeding the ability to combat the disease.

As with nearly every governmental problem we face, more money is not the answer. It’s true that over the last 10 years, NIH funding has risen from $28.03 billion to “only” $29.31 billion. However, Collins neglects to mention that from 2000 to 2004, the NIH’s budget spiked by 58 percent. As for whether that money is well spent combating public health threats, NIH waste is not hard to come by. Just to scratch the surface, the agency recently spent $175,000 funding a study on how cocaine affects the sex lives of quail, $500,000 to send text messages in “gay lingo” to methamphetamine addicts, and $1.5 million to study obesity among lesbians. The waste is not confined to NIH, either. The Weekly Standard reported last year that the Centers for Disease Control, which presumably should also be fighting Ebola, was using part of its $12.5 billion Obamacare slush fund to campaign for tougher state liquor laws. A 19-month investigation by watchdog Cause of Action concluded the use of these funds violated the law and was “a front for lobbying, government propaganda, and cronyism.”  (more…)

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