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BETHESDA, Md. -- As the federal government frantically works to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and as it responds to a second diagnosis of the disease at home, one of the country's top health officials says a vaccine likely would have already been discovered were it not for budget cuts.
Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has "slowed down" research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/12/ebola-vaccine_n_5974148.html
That's right. And who are the people responsible for those budget cuts? Could they possibly be the same people who cut the security budget of overseas embassies prior to the Benghazi attack?
Could they possibly be the same people who at every turn are attempting to cut the budgets of the government regulatory agencies responsible for ensuring our food is safe, our water and air clean, our natural resources protected?
Could they possibly be the same people who have publicly stated that their goal is to drown the U.S. government in a bath tub and effectively destroy it's ability to function on behalf of it's people?
Does it surprise anyone that Ebola has made it's debut in the United States in the state that is one of the most anti-regulatory, anti-government, anti-science states in the country -- Texas? Fucking karma shit is a bitch huh Texas?
The Gadfly is going to ask this question one more time of you all dear readers -- who do you trust more with yours and your children's future -- people who's minds, ideas and vision are working diligently in the reality-based world that confronts us, or the neanderthals who are frantically flipping thru the pages of their religious scriptures for insight on how to handle the critical issues and crisis's that are facing us all?