Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Given all the media hype over Ebola and other infectious diseases, this ad makes it clear that indiscriminate budget cuts is no way to do public policy ...

- Mark

As a point of reference, Robert Reich helps us understand why we don't have an Ebola vaccine:
“I remain concerned that we don’t see sufficient seriousness on the part of the federal government about protecting the American public,” says Texas Senator Ted Cruz, speaking about the Ebola virus. But Cruz’s own government shutdown and Republican-led budget cuts caused the National Institutes of Health to delay clinical trials that, according to Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH, would probably have produced an Ebola vaccine by now. Similar budget cuts have forced the Center for Disease Control to reduce its disease outbreak detection program. What Cruz and his fellow rightwing travelers don’t get is America cannot protect the public’s health on the cheap.

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