Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, October 16, 2014

No, Republicans Are Not Responsible For Ebola!

Speaking of having nothing to fear from Ebola, as midterms are drawing near, and the Ebola outbreak has conveniently occurred around the exact same time, Democrats are trying to scare voters into voting for them by blaming the outbreak on Republican budget cuts. (Yes, they are that desperate!):

Now, whenever you hear “liberals” cry about budget cuts, that should probably raise a flag that there may not have been any actual cuts—and as is the case with CDC spending, there hasn’t been any. Quite the opposite actually:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will see an 8.2 percent budget increase for fiscal 2014, thanks to a $1.1 trillion spending bill announced by Congress Jan. 13.

This influx of cash will raise the CDC budget to $6.9 billion, which is $567 million more than it received in 2013. This is more than the agency anticipated, because the president's fiscal year 2014 budget request for it was just $6.6 billion -- a decrease of $270 million from fiscal 2012.

Of the $6.9 billion, $1.3 billion was allocated to protect the United States from foreign and domestic threats, both intentional and naturally occurring. $255 million will go to support bio-defense efforts, and $160 million will be set aside for states to address their most pressing public health needs. The CDC will get $30 million for Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD), which will help identify potential disease outbreaks earlier and more accurately.
Remember, folks: reality has a well-known “liberal” bias—if you’re a “liberal” who lives in an echo-chamber where there facts are manufactured to reinforce your preconceived notions.