Last weekend in an interview with Sam Stein of the Huffington Post, Dr. Francis Collins, head of the National Institute of Health, said that a vaccine for ebola would have probably already have been found had it not been for budget cuts.
“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.”
This is a national disgrace. It is more than a disgrace, cutting funds to the NIH when we are facing challenges unlike ever before is tantamount to a crime. Anybody want to guess who was behind those cuts?
While Republicans slash budgets for any social program, they always have money for war. Their budget cutting starve children of the poor, condemns college students to a life of debt for merely getting an education, turns proud men and women into beggars, puts all into jeopardy with failing infrastructure and sets the stage for the United States future failure as our education system deteriorates. All this while trying to keep this country in perpetual war that wastes our resources for no return.
As Laura Twing noted in her post here on Wednesday budgets are moral statements. Cutting the budget of the agency that looks forward to stop major diseases is a moral statement. That statement is that we do not care about our citizens.
Cutting the budget of the NIH and its companion CDC is but one of many cuts that threaten our populace. But this is the one that is making headlines because the threat is immediate and could be scary. The cuts to education, the cuts to the poor, the cuts to the infrastructure, the cuts to the elderly, the cuts to veterans, the cuts to environmental programs, the cuts to renewable energy and others are not immediate threats. They will slowly turn this country backward but not so fast that it is immediately noticeable. With their allies in the main stream media future problems can be ignored. The threat of ebola can’t be ignored.
But those who run the Republican party – the Kochs, the DeVoses and all those others whose mission in life is to pile up money while making life miserable for the rest of us – have convinced at least nearly half the country that voting to screw other citizens because of their skin color or religion or sex or economic status or sexual orientation is a good thing. Screwing over the “others” in this country is the mission of the Republican Party.
Please think before you vote. This is a most important election, maybe one of the most important ever. Is your moral compass set for making the country cater to a few wealthy? Then vote Republican. But you had better understand that there is no trickle down. If you believe that you will be rewarded, you won’t. You will merely get screwed along with the rest of us.
But if you believe that the clause in the Constitution that states one of the purposes of the government is to “promote the general Welfare” then it is imperative that you vote for Democrats who will work to attain a general welfare for all, not just the rich.
When Joni Ernst campaigns on how she will “cut the pork” – in that cute little video about castrating pigs – there are consequences. When any Republican says they will cut the budget – be it Miller-Meeks, David Young, Rod Blum or the King himself, remember there are consequences. Also remember that each of these will always be willing to send us into war without raising taxes.