The other day, we posted an article on a stunning revelation from the publicly funded National Institutes of Health: that if it hadn’t been for Bush’s tax cuts, there very likely would have been no ebola epidemic. Yes, the same ebola epidemic that Fox and conservatives have been swearing will be coming to the United States on the backs of ISIS Mexicans…it almost certainly wouldn’t exist if not for G.W. Bush cutting the budgets of the people responsible for preventing outbreaks just like this.
That point has been eating like a…well, like a flesh-eating bacteria…into the hearts of conservatives all across the country since then. And (geese and ganders, we suppose), Democrats have been quick to blast the GOP in battleground races for exactly that reason.
A campaign fund called the Agenda Project has been running a series of ads targeted in contested areas; titled “Republican Cuts Kill,” it depicts images of people with ebola, along with a statement from CDC Director Thomas Freiden directly blaming Bush’s budget cuts for the lack of preparedness.
But, Reince “The Drunk Muppet” Priebus isn’t taking these kinds of accusations lying down.
Or, maybe we’re not looking at the same graph.
Or, maybe they’re just conflating the CDC with the NIH. Yeah, acronyms are stupid. But it is in fact the NIH (the biomedical research facility in Bethesda, Maryland) that is responsible for doing the research work the CDC needs. The CDC and the NIH are two different departments under the Department of Health and Human Services. So, before reading The Muppet’s response…bear in mind that the funding for one has nothing to do with the funding for the other.
“Obviously, this is just desperation on the part of this idiotic group. They’re walking this dangerous path of trying to point out blame on Ebola when, in fact, if you look at the president’s record on anything from ISIS to the Secret Service to the CDC to Syria to the border, I mean, you name it and for whatever reason, every single thing the administration as well as these Democrats running for office touches, it’s not turning to gold, I can tell you that. It’s turning into something else.”
Oh! The old “ISIS and Syria” dodge!
Hey, say what you will…that’s a pretty good way to avoid talking about the exact thing they brought you on the show to talk about. We’re not here to discuss facts on “Fox & Friends.” Not when it’s easier to divert the conversation to things that have nothing at all to do with the topic. And then, move on to some kind of “persecution” thing about billionaires and Republicans.
So, when you take the dodging out, this is the Drunk Muppet’s ACTUAL response to the ad:
“Obviously, this is just desperation on the part of this idiotic group. They’re walking this dangerous path of trying to point out blame on Ebola when…”
…and that’s it.
Of course, having read the comments from our previous post, the trolls out there are going to say “Well, why didn’t OBAMA do something about it! Stop blaming Bush for everything!“
Actually, funny you should mention that.
Obama actually did do something for NIH funding, as part of the stimulus package that Republicans hated. The idea for that stimulus bump was that it would give the NIH some extra funding for another couple of years, as a band-aid fix until Congress could fully undo Bush’s de-funding.
But an unfortunate thing happened right afterward, in 2010…we put a bunch of Tea Partiers in office. A group of obstructionists Hell-bent on stopping every last funding bill that passed by, and cutting every government service until the whole system collapsed. Remember those guys? Remember that whole “austerity” thing, and the government shutdown? The people who hated the useless, do-nothing government so much, they swore we’d all be better off without it?
Pepperidge Farm remembers.
So, maybe our trolls are right…maybe we shouldn’t put all the blame for ebola on Bush.
He can split it 50/50 with the Tea Party.