According to Politico, Clinton blames the United States for failing to fund the fight against Ebola at sufficient levels. The target of her blame? Those evil Republicans who orchestrated the sequestration. Clinton maintains those cuts specifically hurt the CDC and the fight against Ebola, as the CDC lacks the fiscal resources they once had. Hillary's solution? Give CDC more money, even though the federal goverment is already $17T+ in debt.
What Mrs. Clinton has conveniently overlooked is the fact that Congress passed those spending cuts and President Obama signed them into law. Apparently for Mrs. Clinton, that's not relevant when the issue is a potential national health crisis.
More substantively, Governor Jindal chides Mrs. Clinton for another, more important budgetary principle. In fact, the CDC is being funded at higher levels than prior to the sequestration. But, the CDC has been misallocating its budget. To wit, the Governor highlights how during the past 5 years:
- Obamacare created the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) which sent CDC an additional $3B. However, only 6% of that $3B ($180M) has been directed towards epidemiology and laboratory capacity to protect the public from infectious diseases.
- The CDC's "Community Transformation Grant Program" (CTGP)--which supports local farmers, increases access to grocery stores, and improve sidewalk quality for walkers and bikers--received $517.3M.
Do the math: CTGP was funded at a rate of ~288% greater than PPHF.
Jindal contends that community transformation efforts are better undertaken by private charities or local governments, while the federal government's job is to protect its citizens' safety by prioritizing what it can do within a budget. Those are solid, conservance fiscal principles.
In this case, the Obama admininstration's minions in the CDC have traded improvements to public health for handouts to local farmers (the "organic" lobby), supermarket chains (the "food desert" lobby), and local governents to hire political hacks to improve the quality of sidewalks (the union bosses' lobby).
Welcome to Obamaville! How's that "hopium and changium" treating you?
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Politico article, click on the following link:
"The Facts About Ebola Funding."