Liberals’ new message: You know who is responsible for Ebola outbreak in America? Conservatives

posted at 10:41 am on October 13, 2014 by Noah Rothman

It is unfortunate that the first person-to-person transmission of Ebola in the United States occurred just weeks before the midterm elections. It was perhaps inevitable that this global health crisis would be politicized.

The first sloppy effort to brand the Republicans as the party of Ebola came from MSNBC host Joy Reid who insisted that too few are focusing on the federal response to the disease’s spread and not the fact that hemorrhagic fever is catching in a private hospital in a state run by the GOP!

Oh, if only the “index patient” Thomas Eric Duncan had checked into a Veterans Affairs hospital.

This characteristically juvenile and failed attempt to sling mud would not even be worth mentioning if had not proven the vanguard of a larger movement on the left to reclaim the issue of Ebola, which has become an election year issue if only because it exposes a culture of incompetence and rampant wastefulness plaguing the federal government.

Late Sunday night, the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein published an interview with National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins who assured the HuffPo scribe that his agency would surely have developed an Ebola vaccine by now if it were not for reductions in his agency’s budget after 2004.

“NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'” Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. “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.”

“We would have been a year or two ahead of where we are, which would have made all the difference,” he said.

Collins later conceded that experimental vaccines are often not, pardon the expression, a cure-all. An experimental HIV vaccine, he said by way of example, actually made the trial patients sicker due to its suppression effect on the immune system.

Nevertheless, the partisan point that Stein and his cohorts were trying to make was effectively made. The left gleefully jumped at the dubious opportunity to suggest that pro-limited government conservatives are somehow to blame for this deadly Ebola outbreak.

“Gee, thanks, Republicans!” the Democratic strategist Paul Begala exclaimed. “We’d Have Ebola Vaccine if Not for Budget Cuts.” He was one of many to proclaim that this witless plea from an agency head for more funding (a not unusual occurrence, to be sure) represented the GOP’s Waterloo.

Not all were so impressed with this unsubtle attempt by the allies of expanded government to use the Ebola outbreak as just one more opportunity to demand more government. “This was a really bad strategy,” columnist Rich Galen observed. “Oppo researchers find every dumb program CDC/NIH ever funded and make them look silly.”

And that is exactly what they did.

The Twitter user CounterMoonbat did perhaps the best work on Sunday night accumulating examples of the NIH and CDC’s experimental boondoggles which somehow took precedence over the miracle Ebola cure researchers have supposedly been working on for at least 13 years. You should read his timeline in its entirety, but here are a few of his best examples:

As anyone in the pharma industry will tell you, dealing with the NIH is slightly more enjoyable than having your tonsils removed. The agency is not known for its efficiency. That said, NIH has spearheaded the development of experimental treatments in the past, and they are currently expediting the testing of an Ebola treatment.

“[In 2003] there was very little interest for the obvious reasons that there was no disease around,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the lead researcher on the NIH vaccine recently told Time Magazine in early October. Why? Because there wasn’t a global Ebola epidemic. In fact, before this year, the World Health Organization was aware of only 1,716 Ebola total cases since the disease was discovered in 1976.

Some would demand that federal agencies tear their hair out and devote undue resources to curing every disease on earth, but that is simply not feasible.

There are some conservatives who have convinced themselves that the federal government is to blame for the spread of Ebola to the United States. A few conspiratorial types insist that Washington is indifferent to the spread of this deadly bug to America, despite the fact that this claim defies Hanlon’s razor and there is no evidence to support it. There is, however, sufficient evidence to suggest the federal agencies responsible for preventing a public health crisis – from medical care, to transportation, to oversight – are simply too unwieldy and prone to human error to take the necessary precautions which might have prevented Ebola’s spread across the Atlantic.

That is a debatable point, but it is apparently so dangerous to the left that they are mounting a counteroffensive. It seems this attempt to indict the American right as complicit in the Ebola outbreak of 2014 will be a dismal failure. The fact that it is even occurring, however, tells you just how seriously this crisis undercuts the public’s faith in big brother’s ability to watch over them.

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Pradheep Shanker MD @Neoavatara

Here is link to NIH vaccine trial on Ebola… Not sure extra/lack of funding dramatically changed anything

http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/QA/Pages/EbolaVaxQA.aspx

10:08 PM – 12 Oct 2014

Resist We Much on October 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Nonsense tries, but fails miserably, every time.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Well there was budget cuts to the CDC and NIH.
Those are just facts I’m not sure why that has to be disputed.

weedisgood on October 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I’m not sure there were cuts, but if so they came with Obama, Reid and Pelosi in charge.

kcewa on October 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

DC Dude @DCDude1776

Maybe @nih would have money for an #Ebola vaccine if it didn’t test origami condoms for rabbits?

http://freebeacon.com/issues/government-funded-origami-condoms-tested-on-rabbits/ … h/t @JimmyPrinceton

9:26 PM – 12 Oct 2014

Government Funded Origami Condoms Tested on Rabbits

“Origami condoms” paid for by the U.S. taxpayers were first tested on female rabbits, which were

Free Beacon @FreeBeacon

Resist We Much on October 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Make it well known that the first person who brought Ebola to American soil and had it spread to American citizens was not an American citizen himself. Then repeat loudly and often that President Obama still does not believe in banning commercial travel to those countries heavily infected with the disease, one of the same countries that brought this disease to our shores.

That plus going on and on about the waste that could have been more wisely spent… I think Democrats are just bringing more attention to themselves and it’s going to backfire and they’re going to take the blame. That is… if the Stupid Party doesn’t intervene first.

Ukiah on October 13, 2014 at 11:59 AM

AG @AG_Conservative

Budget almost 2X since 2000:

http://officeofbudget.od.nih.gov/pdfs/FY15/Mechanism%20Detail%20for%20Total%20NIH%20FY%202000%20-%20FY%202013-Publish.pdf

MT @HuffPostPol: NIH Director: We’d probably have an Ebola vaccine if not 4 budget cuts

9:19 PM – 12 Oct 2014

Resist We Much on October 13, 2014 at 11:59 AM

David Freddoso @freddoso

Where CDC $$ goes: Bike lanes & farmer’s markets do little to combat dangerous diseases like Ebola, SARS or anthrax.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/the-facts-about-ebola-funding-111820.html#ixzz3FzWDCFeJ …

10:16 PM – 12 Oct 2014

Resist We Much on October 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Well there was budget cuts to the CDC and NIH.
Those are just facts I’m not sure why that has to be disputed.

weedisgood on October 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I’m not sure there were cuts, but if so they came with Obama, Reid and Pelosi in charge.

kcewa on October 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Wait, were they actual cuts or smaller growth? Because in Washington things like changing the budget from 5% growth to 3% growth is considered a budget cut… I just think we need to be clear on what exactly we’re talking about.

Ukiah on October 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Well there was budget cuts to the CDC and NIH.
Those are just facts I’m not sure why that has to be disputed.

weedisgood on October 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The NIH budget has doubled since 2000.

So, yes, during that time they may have had a reduction in the increase of their budget which means that forever until the end of time “the budget was cut!” line will be trotted out. When in reality they’ve gotten a lot more money over time.

gwelf on October 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

CounterMoonbat @CounterMoonbat

Oh well what do you know, NIH has sent $90 Million in taxpayer $$ to China:

http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/26/nih-sends-more-than-90-million-in-taxpayer-funded-grants-to-china/

10:41 PM – 12 Oct 2014

NIH sends more than $90 million in taxpayer-funded grants to China…

‘Why are we giving millions in taxpayer dollars to Chinese science when they hold more than $1 trillion in American debt?’

The Daily Caller @DailyCaller

Resist We Much on October 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

The CDC doesn’t have enough money to fight Ebola, but it does have $50 Million dollars to waste on a media campaign to tell people they should stop smoking (because nobody in the U.S. understands the dangers of smoking, right?).

http://www.wgme.com/news/features/waste-watch/stories/waste-watch-cdc-responds-antismoking-ad-campaign-criticism-41.shtml#.VDv2yfBX-uZ

AZCoyote on October 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

The media will push this just like it pushed the so-called GOP war on women.

bw222 on October 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Actually, little stoner, there was NOT a budget cut. They just did not get the full increase to their budget that they requested. NO funds were “cut” from the NIH budget.

Solaratov on October 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

When you translate Reality Speak into Collectivese, you’ll find that the Collective bizarrely regards any refusal to give more money as a “cut,” as thought they’re somehow entitled to the money that never belonged to them in the first place.

Star Bird on October 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Oh, crumps, let’s just bring back Kathleen Sibelius to show us all the proper way to cover up a sneeze. Presto! The problem is solved.

onlineanalyst on October 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

My goodness. Reefer has ruined that poor boys brain. Change your bong water stoner.

Bmore on October 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

The main issue is that it takes too long to get approval for a drug, and also that heretofore po’ “people” diseases are not of interest to corps. Much easier to sell ED and diabetes drugs to fat middle aged/elderly TruMericans.

There was an Onion article about how the CDC said a vaccine for Ebola was like 1,500 white deaths away. Hilarious, but sadly true.

antisense on October 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Like these TruMericans?

How are women especially affected by diabetes?

Of the 25.6 million adults with diabetes in the United States in 2010, 12.6 million were women. The risk of heart disease, the most common complication of diabetes, is more serious among women than men. Among people with diabetes who have had a heart attack, women have lower survival rates and a poorer quality of life than men. Women with diabetes have a shorter life expectancy than women without diabetes, and women are at greater risk of blindness from diabetes than men. Death rates for women aged 25-44 years with diabetes are more than 3 times the rate for women without diabetes.

What racial and ethnic groups are especially affected by diabetes?

African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islander Americans are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes. In addition, gestational diabetes occurs more frequently in African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians than in other groups.

So nosense, why do you hate women and minorities?

What do you think is a more common disease? Ebola or Diabetes?

When are you starting and funding your own pharmaceutical company to take care of those po people?

HumpBot Salvation on October 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

“DALLAS, Texas — The governor’s office is taking over the decontamination process at the apartment of the 2nd Ebola patient. Clean Guys Environmental, hired by the county, is being replaced by Protect Environmental Services Inc., hired by the governor’s office, after concerns about the sanitation procedures.

Breitbart Texas spoke with Richard Cameron, General Manager of Protect Environmental Services Inc., and was told the governor’s office hired them directly because they were concerned with how the cleanup was being done by the previous team the county hired.

The governor’s office is going to be coordinating with Center for Disease Control (CDC) and developing the final cleanup plan which will begin Monday morning. Sana Syed, a Public Information Officer with the City of Dallas told Breitbart Texas they do not expect to have very much to clean up, the patient was inside the apartment for only a brief period of time after becoming contagious.

According to USA Today, Mayor Mike Rawlings said that the patient’s dog remained in the infected healthcare worker’s apartment when she was hospitalized and will soon be sent to a new location to await its owner’s recovery and there are no plans to euthanize the dog….”

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/10/12/Texas-Governors-Office-Takes-Over-Dallas-Ebola-Apartment-Cleanup

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Here’s a chart that shows the CDC’s spending:

http://www.cato.org/blog/centers-disease-control-spending

They’ve had plenty of money. But like every other government agency, they’ve wasted most of it on nonsense that has little, if anything, to do with their core mission.

AZCoyote on October 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Not sure whether Joy Reid’s #1 characteristic is stupidity of fugliness. Joy is one fugly woman.

bw222 on October 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

“HOUSTON, Texas — Newly released medical records show that Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who brought Ebola into the U.S., denied having any sick contacts when he visited the Emergency Room at Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on September 28.

The medical records, which were provided to the Associated Press, claim that Duncan told Dr. Otto Javier Marquez-Kerguelen he had no sick contacts.

Marquez-Kerguelen wrote in the records, “I followed strict CDC protocol. Pt states he has not been to any rural areas or funerals recently. Pt denies any sick contacts.”

Assuming that what Marquez-Kerguelen wrote is true, Duncan lied to medical staff about not having “sick contacts.” Subsequent to his diagnosis, it was revealed that the Liberian man had direct contact with an Ebola patient in his home country just days before boarding a plane headed for the United States.

More specifically, he helped carry a pregnant woman on the verge of death back to her home from a Liberian hospital; she had been turned away due to overcrowding in Ebola treatment facilities.
Duncan’s family, as well as activists like Jesse Jackson, have insisted that the hospital did not treat Duncan fairly due to his skin color; they have asserted that had Duncan been white, he would have survived the virus.

But facts revealed in the newly surfaced medical records call into question how honest Duncan was with medical professionals at Texas Health Presbyterian. If Duncan stated that he had not come in contact with anyone sick, doctors would naturally be less inclined to believe that he had Ebola; this could have contributed to a delay in the Duncan’s diagnosis….”

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/10/12/Medical-records-duncan-denied-any-sick-contacts-to-hospital

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Between 2000 and 2014, CDC outlays almost doubled in 2014 constant dollars, from $3.5 billion to $6.8 billion. Outlays have dipped the last few years, but that’s after a Bush-Obama spending boom. CDC outlays have quadrupled in constant dollars since the late 1980s.

http://www.cato.org/blog/centers-disease-control-spending

AZCoyote on October 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Blaming the GOP is the left’s default position on everything.What took them so long this time?

SweetSensationalist on October 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Why would he do that? That make zero sense. Sorry to bring Obama into this.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

How about the millions given to planned murderhood to kill human beings in the womb? How about taking that money for ebola? Rush is right: too many morons out there.

crosshugger on October 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Here’s a chart that shows the CDC’s spending:

http://www.cato.org/blog/centers-disease-control-spending

They’ve had plenty of money. But like every other government agency, they’ve wasted most of it on nonsense that has little, if anything, to do with their core mission.

AZCoyote on October 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Ohhh, you mean like NASA being turned into an offshoot of CAIR for Mooslim outreach and propaganda?

DimocRats are lower than snail sh*t.

Meople on October 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

This approach shows the utterly corrupt values of the democratic leadership. Funding was re-prioritized for green projects, global warming and social engineering and ignores biological threats. The shrills pushing this garbage should be called what they are – Lying propagandists. They should be the first ones to have the safety protocols tested on.

triumphus04 on October 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Why would he do that? That make zero sense. Sorry to bring Obama into this.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Why would Duncan lie?

Stigma? Ignorance?

There’s a lot of stigma associated with ebola in Liberia….but then again voodoo is alternative medicine in that locale as well as in New Orleans…

Why didn’t Duncan go to another hospital…seek another opinion?

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

These guys are late to the party. I’ve been out in the trenches fighting this line of attack for a couple of weeks. It’s amazing how libs can convince themselves of just about anything.

The “Republican sequester” caused ebola to come to the U.S.!

A sad and desperate alternate reality.

lynncgb on October 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Obamacare premiums aren’t rising everywhere. They just have a way of finding the states with the biggest Senate races. And that could be very bad timing for Democrats in two of the party’s key contests.

Double-digit rate hikes for individual health insurance plans have become an issue in the Louisiana and Iowa Senate races over the past week, where the Republican candidates are hammering their Democratic opponents for the steep premium increases on the way next year for some customers under the Affordable Care Act.

Oct. surprise

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Billions in stimulus and The One didn’t think to steer any to Ebola?

Ricard on October 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

there have been no budget cuts, there were cuts in the desired increases but no actual baseline cuts.
asking for a raise of an amount and only getting 75% is not a 25% cut, its still a 75% raise.

dmacleo on October 13, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said a lack of money invested in research over the past decade has hampered the production of vaccinations for infectious diseases. And a new television ad claims that budget ‘cuts’ enacted by Republicans are responsible.
But Collins himself presides over the decision-making on how much NIH funding is devoted to medical research, an insider told MailOnline. And overall funding for the agency is up to $30.15 billion this year – up from $17.84 in 2000.
And the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the sub-agency in charge of research to combat potential epidemics, has seen a whopping 220 per cent increase in the same period of time.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2790734/us-health-official-claims-d-ebola-vaccine-wasn-t-budget-cuts-says-outbreak-severe-health-emergency-modern-times.html#ixzz3G2iYWI12

If we had real epidemiologists, instead of corrupt political hacks, running the CDC, we wouldn’t be having these problems. The CDC has had more than enough money to tackle the Ebola challenge, but instead of focusing on contagious diseases, they’ve been wasting money on stop-smoking ad campaigns ($50 million), studies on fat lesbians, gun violence, etc.

AZCoyote on October 13, 2014 at 12:27 PM

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

One of the rumors going around was that he may have taken something so he wouldn’t have a fever when got on the airplane because he wanted to come here to be treated. I think his lies discount that unless he is just that stupid. How do you weight stigma against certain death.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

So what’s the interest on an extra 8 trillion in national debt?

It was predictable that some dumb @ssed liberal would try this. Most of the comments here seem to play defense.

The republicans should seriously start slamming the democrats on this now. Like they pulled the trigger on their own nuclear option, back in the day.

WryTrvllr on October 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Just as a point of clarification, were any of the “cuts” alluded to in this piece or the “Agenda Project”‘s ad here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/10/13/ad_blames_gop_budget_cuts_for_ebola_outbreak.html ACTUAL reductions from prior year’s spending, or just a reduction in the growth of the budget?

I think we all know the answer, but can anyone confirm?

John_W on October 13, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Rush hammering on the CDC now.

BallisticBob on October 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Let not your heart be troubled by the left wing talking points and demagoguery. Just remember who the target audience of this crap is: mental flatline, low-information, naval gazing, parasitic losers.

Child In Time on October 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Joy Reid is nothing more than a growing group of black communist in this country who hide behind the “equality” mantra. It’s sad to see that there are blacks who have given up on the idea of individual liberties and capitalism; I dare say it’s almost RACIST moron.

Tater Salad on October 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

justltl on October 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

CDC wins in budget deal

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2014/01/17/cdc-wins-in-budget-deal.html?page=all

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.

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CDC study on sexual violence in the U.S. overstates the problem
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/cdc-study-on-sexual-violence-in-the-us-overstates-the-problem/2012/01/25/gIQAHRKPWQ_story.html

redguy on October 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Child In Time on October 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Go to mediaite and watch it work. There are some scary people in our country. And they vote.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

too few are focusing on the federal response to the disease’s spread and not the fact that hemorrhagic fever is catching in a private hospital in a state run by the GOP!

Huh? And he gets paid to write this stuff. Amazing. (That entire sentence is nonsense.)

A few conspiratorial types insist that Washington is indifferent to the spread of this deadly bug to America, despite the fact that this claim defies Hanlon’s razor and there is no evidence to support it.

Really? Conspiratorial? You’re claiming the idea that indifference is allowing this to happen is a violation of Hanlon’s Razor? You keep using that word; I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

You think the refusal to quarantine West Africa via a ban on air travel is not an example of at least indifference? You think all that is just because gov’t is too “unwieldy”? Wow.

GWB on October 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Let not your heart be troubled by the left wing talking points and demagoguery. Just remember who the target audience of this crap is: mental flatline, low-information, naval gazing, parasitic losers.

Child In Time on October 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Brilliant Post.

ToddPA on October 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Let not your heart be very troubled by the left wing talking points and demagoguery. Just remember who the target audience of this crap is: mental flatline, low-information, naval gazing, parasitic losers voters.

Child In Time on October 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

As Cindy said……..

GWB on October 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Let not your heart be troubled by the left wing talking points and demagoguery. Just remember who the target audience of this crap is: mental flatline, low-information, naval gazing, parasitic losers.

Child In Time on October 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Who all get to vote.

CurtZHP on October 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM

MSNBC ratings are still down.

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Why are black churches allowed to advocate voting for Ds?

Is there, or isn’t, a separation of gov’t/church.

If there isn’t, pay taxes.

God damn you all, you charlatans of the land.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Child In Time

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 12:56 PM

These turds all vote, the leeches.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Brilliant Post.

ToddPA on October 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Illusions – see 2008/2012.

No complacency – it kills you and yours.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Did someone stop buying pens for Obama and not pay his phone bills?

Because that is all it would have taken to stop flights coming from infected countries. Foreign policy is the President’s domain. He has a pen. He has a phone. He could have used them.

He didn’t.

Stopping people from infected Nations from getting here is a National Security issue, as Obama himself says, and all he had to do was pick up a pen and phone and use them. That wouldn’t have taken any real money at all. And how can a black President be accused of racism in cutting off flights from the infected Nations, anyways? What is up with that?

ajacksonian on October 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Lsm still running with this meme

Idiots

cmsinaz on October 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM

If Duncan stated that he had not come in contact with anyone sick, doctors would naturally be less inclined to believe that he had Ebola; this could have contributed to a delay in the Duncan’s diagnosis….”

Doesn’t matter. Duncan’s nephew claims they had plenty of Zmapp but are saving it for WHITE people.

His precious uncle died because they withheld treatment due to his skin color.

WhirledPeas on October 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

You want to know why our country is mired in a despicable crisis? Look no further than Liberal Democrats response to this issue.

They’ve been in charge of our country since at least 2008, in. including a long stretch where they had complete control over the government. You know what their major accomplishment was?

Obamacare.

How’s that working out by the way? Just like they said?

One would believe that Democrats are pedestrians to all the worlds affairs and crisis. But they are not. They are leading the trail of destruction.

Here is an opportunity to bring people together. A crisis where every American potentially has something to lose. An issue which we can all pull together on.

What do we get? Juvenile political recriminations from buffoons like Begala and ad’s that a high school video club could have made.

What is wrong with our country and preparedness are the people responsible for it. They are on a perpetual campaign to convince people that everything is someone else’s fault.

It is truly time to let the children sit down and have the adults take over again. Democrat’s are clearly the party of destruction, misery and no responsibility.

Marcus Traianus on October 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM

this is the liberals latest ‘hail Mary’, on par with Wendy Davis’s desperate ‘wheelchair’ ad. What makes this pathetic is, the MSM will probably run with it, and the low information voters might end up buying it.

olesparkie on October 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM

A few conspiratorial types insist that Washington is indifferent to the spread of this deadly bug to America, despite the fact that this claim defies Hanlon’s razor

Indifference is one manifestation of incompetence…

thirtyandseven on October 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Their first effort was to try to make this Rick Perry’s fault. Problem is it is not Rick Perry who is responsible for the CDC nor was it Rick Perry who allowed a lying infected Ebola patient into the country.The efforts to make this Rick Perry’s fault failed so they have moved on to something else. Reality is that Ebola has been around since the 1970s but it took the “open borders” policy of the Obama administration to bring the disease to the US.

Hera on October 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Just remember who the target audience of this crap is: mental flatline, low-information, naval gazing, parasitic losers WHO VOTE.

Child In Time on October 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

FIXED

CW on October 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Like wealth redistribution Obama believes, as part of his social justice obsession, that health also is redistributed and in the case of Ebola it’s a way to stick to Americans so they too may feel the pain of those poor countries. After all it’s only fair, right, why them and not us?
Nice!

alamb on October 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

If Ebola were being contained within the Old Executive Office Building instead of a hospital in Dallas I suspect we’d have a more concentrated and focused approach to preventing the spread of the disease

MTF on October 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

One of the rumors going around was that he may have taken something so he wouldn’t have a fever when got on the airplane because he wanted to come here to be treated. I think his lies discount that unless he is just that stupid. How do you weight stigma against certain death.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I dunno.

Maybe he was afraid he’d be caught for lying to get into the country…and be sent back?

There are discrepancies in the families account…story changes….and they are gearing up for a law suit.

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

The left politicizes everything, so this doesn’t surprise me at all.

cat_owner on October 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Yep, these are just rhetorical musings, I don’t know if we will ever know the truth. Although someone getting sent back to their country of origin is pretty funny.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I think Republicans should start asking questions, loudly, about the virus that has killed six children and paralyzed dozen more across the nation. Why would the Republicans be reticent about asking these questions?

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I think Republicans should start asking questions, loudly, about the virus that has killed six children and paralyzed dozen more across the nation. Why would the Republicans be reticent about asking these questions?

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Because the GOP has surrendered to the Identity Politics Consultants.

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Child In Time on October 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Go to mediaite and watch it work. There are some scary people in our country. And they vote.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Cindy et al…

I am in full agreement with you! My point is that no matter how many facts we respond with showing how the CDC has wasted money, or how the administration apparatchiks are spewing platitudes about how the US is open and welcoming (even to Ebola carriers), it’s lost on these morons; and yes they vote, sometimes several times ;-)

Child In Time on October 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Well there was budget cuts to the CDC and NIH.
Those are just facts I’m not sure why that has to be disputed.

weedisgood on October 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I’d be ecstatic if they could find a cure for the plaque of insufferable stupidity you and many others have to live with everyday. Your condition has severe ripple effects on those *not afflicted (*aka: the sane ones)

Jackassosis, Liberalitis, Dean/Saunders Syndrome, Foot in Face disease, Obamawamba fever, Pelosirosis, Marx-Engels bi-proxy…….whatever you wanna call it, whatever you suffer from, I’d gladly support more $$ to find a cure.

StubbornGreenBurros on October 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Not that anybody doesn’t already know, but the people responsible for Ebola in America are unpatriotic globalist cronies in Washington DC, the same who support amnesty for illegals, and open-borders.

FloatingRock on October 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Does anybody remember Obama’s science czar, John Holdren and his creepy textbook Ecoscience?

bitsy on October 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Child In Time on October 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

We have to hope they don’t find the winning combination that will get Cousin Pookie off the couch.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Let’s keep her in our prayers.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM

NIH sends more than $90 million in taxpayer-funded grants to China…

‘Why are we giving millions in taxpayer dollars to Chinese science when they hold more than $1 trillion in American debt?’
The Daily Caller @DailyCaller

Resist We Much on October 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Government Funded Origami Condoms Tested on Rabbits
Animals ‘sacrificed by lethal injection’

Newtie and the Beauty on October 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Official: 5 Passengers With Flu-Like Symptoms Arrive on International Flight

http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Hazmat-Crews-Surround-Flight-at-Boston-Logan-Airport-279041921.html

dogsoldier on October 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Well there was budget cuts to the CDC and NIH.
Those are just facts I’m not sure why that has to be disputed.

weedisgood on October 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Agreed, and when you have a budget cut, you cut the most important and critical research first… right?

Oh, you think you cut the least important research?

So Ebola is less important than:
Climate change and how it affects duck penis shapes
Lesbianism and obesity
The mating habits of the fruit fly in zero G
And a litany of research we kept…

So, Ebola is really not that important, but we’ll all die because we can’t afford it after spending our money on duck penis research?

That’s going to be a tricky argument to make.
Good luck getting that to sound persuasive and not laughable.

Or is your argument if we give them 8.5 Billion a year they’ll be responsible with our money; but when we give them only 8 Billion they can’t be responsible and will waste it frivolously (even thought in 2003 with 1.8 Billion they did well)?

If your argument is we can pay enough to make someone clever… we need a test. You think I’m stupid, right? Ok.

I’ll volunteer to be the guinea pig… you give me money until you think I’m smarter.

We’ll start with your test claim that 500 million a year is enough, and we can calibrate the test up or down from there as required base on how smart you think I am spending your money.

If you think I’m still stupid, more money will fix it… right?
Well, we won’t know without some research.

gekkobear on October 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

The “we would have an Ebola cure by now, if ouprvPutin budget had not been cut” claim strikes me as the same from public schools, “we would be graduating literate students, if our budget had been increased”. If you are not having any success with the money you are getting, why would you if you had more?

Techster64 on October 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Does anybody remember Obama’s science czar, John Holdren and his creepy textbook Ecoscience?

bitsy on October 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Yes.

Star Bird on October 13, 2014 at 5:17 PM

If you are not having any success with the money you are getting, why would you if you had more?

Techster64 on October 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

A complimentary question to that one would be, does any reasonable person really expect that if the CDC had a bigger budget, that they wouldn’t just spend the difference on studies about the color of penguin penii or something equally inane?

Star Bird on October 13, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Leftists, liberals, Democrats = scum of the earth.

justltl on October 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM

The CDC and NIH have declared themselves to be nothing more than political a$$wipes.
I am very disappointed in them.
In fact, I’m a shattered.

justltl on October 13, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Speaking of which, watch this. It will erase Big Mooch from any part of your mind that has been soiled by her.

Gimme Shelter

justltl on October 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Good article, Noah, except for this:

There are some conservatives who have convinced themselves that the federal government is to blame for the spread of Ebola to the United States.

Because the current administration refuses to implement a travel ban of citizens FROM the affected areas. We puny humans can’t implement one, but the Almighty Central Government CAN.

A few conspiratorial types insist that Washington is indifferent to the spread of this deadly bug to America, despite the fact that this claim defies Hanlon’s razor and there is no evidence to support it.

Because implementing a travel ban would impede trade and travel with those countries–you know, the ones affected by ebola. That’s the Almighty Central Government bottom line and, by gosh, they’re sticking to it!

There is, however, sufficient evidence to suggest the federal agencies responsible for preventing a public health crisis – from medical care, to transportation, to oversight – are simply too unwieldy and prone to human error to take the necessary precautions which might have prevented Ebola’s spread across the Atlantic.

But we’re the TEA Party Hobbits who are considered “extremists” because we want to put the Almighty Central Government on a long-overdue diet and make it smaller, more efficient and better able to service the needs of American citizens…

Newtie and the Beauty on October 13, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Shocking breaking news – Ebola is NOT “racist”.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM


Reid is so ignorant she must be Al Sharptons sister

HAGGS99 on October 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

BREAKING NEWS IN DALLAS ON LOCAL FOX STATION:

70 staff members of the hospital had contact with Thomas Duncan trying to keep him alive…yup, he sure didn’t have enough care because he was Black and the hospital is racist.

Typicalwhitewoman on October 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

May God help this poor young woman.

workingclass artist on October 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

My gosh she’s so young. I’ll pray for her.

I personally think its too late for the left to turn this around on the GOP. Obola is the President and he is in charge of restricting flights. Its his CDC who keeps telling us we can’t restrict flights. And the American people want flights restricted. People are already blaming Obola. He isn’t acting fast enough to protect people. And his CDC is willing to accept a few deaths of Americans in order to keep the doors open for Liberian visitors.

As for the Duncan family. If he lied once again about contact then this is on him and his. If other people die its his fault. But I have read that in his dying words he said, he didn’t know the pregnant woman he helped had died of ebola. He thought she was miscarrying. Take that for what its worth, I guess. The fact that they jumped on the “he was poor and black and the people who tried to help him were racist” train is pathetic. But now that this young woman, who is an absolutely beautiful young Asian American, is sick I don’t think that is going to fly with the majority of Americans. A non-citizen infected a citizen because of lax Government policies on travel from infected areas. Those are the facts.

magicbeans on October 13, 2014 at 8:05 PM

gonnjos on October 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Exactly, he might as well have lit up the Bat Signal. They should have been treated on a medical ship.

ezspirit on October 13, 2014 at 9:14 PM

If that’s the case every government agency deserves to have their budget slashed as well because there is a LOT of waste in every government agency.
weedisgood on October 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Careful there, Weedhopper, you have accidentally stumbled on to the precipice of Truth!

VelvetElvis on October 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM

They’ll be hunting’ Democrats with dogs down in Texas come November.

(Thanks Phil Gramm!)

claudius on October 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

The blame rests squarely on the UN, WHO, and the Obama administration.
Too little too late.
Much like Clinton’s lax terrorism policies following the first WTC bombing.
Clinton’s priority was to protect Hollywood from video piracy.

kregg on October 15, 2014 at 7:15 AM