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The End: Progressive group runs ad blaming GOP for Ebola

The End: Progressive group runs ad blaming GOP for Ebola

The left knows it might lose control in November so this is what they’ve been reduced to.

A progressive organization called the Agenda Project Action Fund has produced a new ad which attempts to politicize Ebola by blaming its spread on Republicans and budget cuts.

Sahil Kapur of TPM reports:

Brutal New Ad Blames GOP Spending Cuts For Ebola Deaths (VIDEO)

The one minute ad, called “Republican Cuts Kill,” splices grueling images of body bags and workers in hazmat suits with footage of top Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (OH) calling for spending cuts. It also features 2014 Republican Senate candidates Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Pat Roberts of Kansas.

The spot was produced by the Agenda Project Action Fund, the same progressive group that has made controversial anti-Republican ads such as “Granny Off the Cliff.” The group’s spokeswoman, Erica Payne, said Monday the ad would air in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Dakota and Kansas — all of which feature competitive Senate races that could swing the majority.

Here’s the ad:

Oh, where to begin?

As you may recall, Obama has been wrong about almost everything regarding Ebola.

Byron York of the Washington Examiner recently pointed this out:

In just two weeks, Obama proven completely wrong about Ebola

The chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States are “extremely low,” Obama said. U.S. are working with officials in Africa “to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States.” And then this:

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. We’re working to help flight crews identify people who are sick, and more labs across our country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus. We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.

Obama added that in the unlikely event an Ebola case appeared in the United States, “we have world-class facilities and professionals ready to respond. And we have effective surveillance mechanisms in place.”

Now two weeks later, the president’s reassurances have turned out to be false.

As far as budget cuts go, Jim Geraghty of National Review reminds us that the GOP increased spending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January by 8.2 percent:

Democrats know they might lose control in November so this is what they’ve been reduced to.

If this is all they’ve got, it’s The End.

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Yes, our government didn’t have enough money to study how to prevent/treat Ebola, but it did have enough money to study how best to give squirrels massages, how to put condoms on rabbits, why lesbians get fat, and all sorts of other vital “public health issues” that had absolutely nothing to do with preventing/treating highly contagious and deadly diseases.

But somehow, it’s all the Republicans’ fault. Even though it was the Democrat-controlled administration that was choosing how to spend the money. Because, er . . . uh . . . hey, look over there — a squirrel (that needs a massage)!

    MattMusson in reply to Observer. | October 14, 2014 at 9:10 am

    The CDC recently received a $517 million dollar funding bonus – but that was to promote locally grown produce and bike lanes in urban areas. (I am not joking)

    That really sums up the Obama administration in a nutshell.

      Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to MattMusson. | October 14, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Excuse me, but that is the
      President Barack “Ebola” Obama Administration.

      President Ebola Obama owns this man-made disaster 100%.

“The CDC’s discretionary funding was cut by $585 million during [2010-14]. Shockingly, annual funding for the CDC’s public health preparedness and response efforts were $1 billion lower for 2013 fiscal year than for 2002. These funding decreases have resulted in more than 45,700 job losses at state and local health departments since 2008. Again, it is not just the Ebola that is a looming threat. We need to worry about vaccine-preventable but neglected infections like influenza, measles, and whooping cough; the serious emerging viral infections in the US like Enterovirus-D68, chikungunya and dengue, as well as overseas MERS and bird flus, and natural disasters.”

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/molecules-to-medicine/2014/10/06/ebola-in-the-u-s-politics-and-public-health-dont-mix/

    Vancomycin in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Yeah, OK Zach. Maybe they shouldn’t have been spending money on shit that isn’t in their mission statement. Maybe they should’ve stuck with their job, and you know, tried to control DISEASE, and not shit like guns, or car accidents. I wonder how much money they could’ve put towards ebola, which is ACTUALLY an infectious disease, unlike school lunches, if they hadn’t pissed away all the money they already had.

    Stop politicizing government agencies that aren’t supposed to be politicized, jackass.

      Merlin01 in reply to Vancomycin. | October 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

      I completely agree with everything you said right up to the moment when the name calling started!

        Vancomycin in reply to Merlin01. | October 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

        What I called him was actually polite, compared to what I was thinking of him.

        I’m not sure what being nice and polite with people like Z buys us…I’m pretty sure it’s nothing.

    Here’s a ‘For Dummies’ guide on how discretionary spending is determined and who ultimately signs the spending (cuts included) into law, Zach. Check out the last paragraph titled “The president signs the budget”

    What has been the CDC’s relevance and how much did they need to spend treating Patient Zero and his nurse? NONE besides failing to communicate the urgency of the virus with local hospitals and paying a talking head to hold press conference and blame local healthcare workers for “breaching protocol”.

    The privately owned Texas Presbyterian Hospital, the Pharma company developing the vaccines and their (Republican) state budget have done more to stall the advance of this plague with greater efficiency and less cost than the money we serve on silver platters to federal agencies constantly crying poverty.

    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-does-the-us-federal-government-determine-spend.html

    Ragspierre in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Zachie is just trolling here, as he’s been doing over the last several days.

    Obviously just republishing lying-points from the moonbattery in this thread.

    He’s a typical self-righteous, race-obsessed lying Collectivist.

    gasper in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

    With this kind of rationale we should have provided the CDC 5 billion dollars in 1995 to prepare for an emergency in the event someone flew an airplane into a large building. The CDC has performed very well in the past, but perhaps that was when competency was in style and the mission a bit more focused. CDC exists almost solely to study, and respond to disasters. Not all disasters can be foreseen, but apparently any disaster in a Democrat administration can be pinned on the previous administration. The article you cite has not one reference to support the data she uses. Those 45,700 jobs lost equal 230 jobs per year per state, not nearly as impressive as that big number. And we all know none of those jobs have been replaced, right?

    Observer in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

    “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.”

    There was also this:

    “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.”

    That’s right. Republicans in the House voted to give the CDC MORE money than President Obama requested for it in 2014.

    And yet the CDC has still managed to squander most of that money on irrelevant crap that has nothing to do with protecting the public from contagious and deadly diseases like Ebola. Shocking, right?

    Robert Starr in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Perhaps history teaches us a lesson. CDC funding has pretty steadily increased over time with a recent spike and now we are back to 2010 levels. See for yourself from Cato:

    http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/centers-disease-control-spending

    Valerie in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    The Republicans gave the CDC more than Obama would have.

    http://www.redstate.com/2014/10/14/republicans-appropriated-more-for-the-cdc-this-year-than-obama-requested/

    Also, try to remember that many, many “budget cuts” are actually cuts from the budget request, so some people are actually saying a budget has been “cut” when it actually has been increased.

    Further, CDC gets money from more than one source, and its budget has increased by 35% over the last 10 years. http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-ebola-democrats-1412810709

That’s a really deep thinker you’re quoting there, Zachriel:

“About the Author: Judy Stone, MD [an infectious disease specialist] … survived 25 years in solo practice in rural Cumberland, Maryland, and is now broadening her horizons. She particularly loves writing about ethical issues, and tilting at windmills in her advocacy for social justice. As part of her overall desire to save the world when she grows up, she has become especially interested in neglected tropical diseases. When not slaving over hot patients, she can be found playing with photography, friends’ dogs, or in her garden.”

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/molecules-to-medicine/2014/10/06/ebola-in-the-u-s-politics-and-public-health-dont-mix/

With the left, it’s always like the poor performer at work who will work harder “if only you pay me more”. It’s always about more money, not more competence. It’s always about adding one more layer to an already bloated organization. How much is that Czar going to cost, and how many people will that Czar need to assist her/him? How many cronies does s/he bring along as aide, lobbyist or contractor? Screw the money – divert the resources you have for what is needed. With the left, it’s ALWAYS politics. ALWAYS. I will once again repeat that familiar refrain: they have no shame, absolutely none.

Innocent Africans are dying by thousands right now because any one of a dozen Collectivist billionaires refuse to spend a fraction of their wealth to get them their vaccine.

(Assuming, of course, that throwing money at a problem produces a working vaccine in no time whatsoever.)

Collectivists are liars. But they’re ALSO stoooOOOOOoooopid liars.

2nd Ammendment Mother | October 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

Sounds like an invitation for a national “truth” about the CDC spending ad campaign…. hit them hard where it hurts

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/12/the-upside-of-ebola-yes-there-may-actually-be-one.html

The ineptitude of the official response to Ebola, both here and in Africa, drives home the need the change the ways in which we go about developing new medical interventions. As my Reason colleague Ronald Bailey has written, quick diagnostic tests for Ebola had been developed years ago and promising work was proceeding on a vaccine and other methods of disrupting epidemics, but it all floundered in a regulatory environment that doesn’t move very quickly until it’s too late. Indeed, in August, just as the Ebola epidemic was exploding in Africa, the FDA put a hold on a Canadian company’s treatment program. (The FDA has since reversed the hold.)
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BIG GOVERNMENT will kill you.

Up till now the Obama administration has been hit and miss with its killing of Americans: a couple agents with Fast & Furious weapons, drone strikes, four State Dept staff in Benghazi. But their general ineptitude and incompetence will make of the Ebola crisis an opportunity to do some industrial-quality killing of Americans.

Well done, O-man, well done.

Only a liberal can turn “ebola” into a partisan controversy.

Like with the human virus ISIS, libs say it’s no big deal. No threat. Fear mongers!!

In both cases they claim if you take bold steps to “contain the threat” it will damage our ability to contain the threat.

In both cases they blame Bush/republicans/tea party for their existence.

Anyone that tries to engage these people intellectually should have their head examined.

Saaaayyy…

Where’s the AIDS vaccine…???

They HAVE to develop that FIRST. Gay Rights…!!! Get in line, Ebola.

Stopping flights from Liberia is very expensive, actually.

JPL17: “About the Author: Judy Stone, MD [an infectious disease specialist]

Huh? That’s the appropriate specialty. Nor does that change the underlying facts. This chart is directly from a CDC report:
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/molecules-to-medicine/files/2014/10/Public-Health-Funding.png

    Ragspierre in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    1. who originated the “sequestration” idea?

    2. what correlation can you show between money spent and good science?

    3. what role does the CDC play in spending in each of these sub-organizations?

    Office of the Director

    Director: Thomas R. Frieden MD, MPH
    Principal Deputy Director: Ileana Arias, PhD
    Associate Director for Communication: Katherine Lyon Daniel, PhD
    Associate Director for Policy: Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH (A)
    Associate Director for Science: Harold W. Jaffe, MD, MA
    Chief of Staff: Carmen Villar, MSW
    Chief Operating Officer: Sherri A. Berger, MSPH
    CDC Washington Director: Edward L. Hunter, MA
    Office of Equal Employment Opportunity: Reginald R. Mebane, MS
    Office of Minority Health and Health Equity: Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA

    Center for Global Health

    Director: Tom Kenyon, MD, MPH
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:

    Director: John Howard, MD, MPH, JD
    Office of Infectious Diseases

    Deputy Director: Rima Khabbaz, MD

    National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases: Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)
    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases: Beth P. Bell, MD, MPH
    National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention: Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH

    Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health

    Deputy Director: Robin Ikeda, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)

    National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities: Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, MS hyg
    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Ursula Bauer, PhD
    National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: Robin Ikeda, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)​ (A)
    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: Daniel M. Sosin, MD, MPH, FACP (A)

    Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support

    Deputy Director: Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP
    Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

    Acting Director: Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS
    Office of Public Health Scientific Services

    Deputy Director: Chesley Richards MD, MPH, FACP

    Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services: Michael F. Iademarco, MD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS)
    National Center for Health Statistics: Charles J. Rothwell, MBA, MS

    JPL17 in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    It’s OK, Zach, I’d be embarrassed too if the source I relied on was exposed as such a fruitcake.

Here’s something that may ligitmately escaped ol’ Zachie, since he is NOT a scientist…

the data range for his charts runs to 2002, which was a BIG year for CDC funding.

Why? Think ‘anthrax’ and 2001.

Here’s something that may legitimately escaped ol’ Zachie, since he is NOT a scientist…

the data range for his charts runs to 2002, which was a BIG year for CDC funding.

Why? Think ‘anthrax’ and 2001.

    Ragspierre: the data range for his charts runs to 2002, which was a BIG year for CDC funding.

    So you support the cuts in PHEP since 2002?

      Ragspierre in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Well, Pres. ScamWOW did. The House, Senate, and CDC all did.

      Emergency funding shouldn’t be sustained.

      Should it, Zachie?

        You didn’t answer.

        Ebola is only one of many diseases that can be epidemic.

          Ragspierre in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm

          Sure I did, liar.

          You didn’t answer mine.

          Epidemic control should be a very high priority of the CDC.

          Was it?

          You never answered my previous questions. We are free to answer for you.

          Ragspierre: Sure I did

          Then you support the cuts to PHEP funding. That’s what we thought, but just wanted to make sure.

          Ragspierre in reply to Zachriel. | October 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm

          I don’t support sustaining funding of anything at EMERGENCY levels.

          Do you?

          If you don’t, you disagree with Pres. ScamWOW, and several Deemocrat-controlled Congresses, along with the CDC.

          Huh, liar…???

http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/14/president-obama-already-has-an-ebola-czar-where-is-she/#.VD00GzVpH9w.facebook

Huh.

We already have an “Ebola Czar”, but she’s been busy in other pursuits.

I don’t recall ever hearing of her. I guess when you have czars coming out your butt, you kinda overcome people’s capacity to keep up.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Ragspierre. | October 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Though they forced me to resign after just six months (I don’t golf), you’ll recall that in 2009 I was Obama’s Czar Of Doughnuts & Breakfast Pastries.

There is a solid body of knowledge about how to prevent the transmission of contagious diseases, how to trace the source of water-bourne illnesses, and how to trace the source of food-poisoning. Years ago, there was a government agency whose employees did nothing else. They were a lean mean fighting machine, sending experts to every part of the country where they were needed.
Now this group is part of the CDC, and their ability to respond has been seriously compromised.

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