Now Obama is Doing Too Much to Stop Ebola

For weeks leading up to the election, all we heard from the right was that President Obama wasn’t doing enough to stop Ebola. After the election, they’ve suddenly decided that he’s trying to do too much to stop it and they’re demanding that Congress refuse to fund a bill that would help address the problem at its source.

Betsy McCaughey, the conservative columnist behind the “death panel” smear of Obamacare, derided the administration’s latest proposal, which she calls “Ebolacare,” to help build a stronger health care system in West African countries as “a typical Obama administration spread-the-wealth scheme kicked up a notch to redistribute American resources to poor countries.” Writing in her syndicated column yesterday, McCaughey lamented that the potential “shifting [of] resources to Africa” is “twice what we give Israel.”

McCaughey previously accused the Centers for Disease Control of “lying” about the ways people can contract Ebola and said Obama was putting American lives “at risk for the sake of political correctness.”

George Russell of Fox News writes today that conservatives fear “the crisis is being used to jam a massive dose of spending through the lame-duck Congress.” He interviews Dr. Tom Stossel of the American Enterprise Institute, who says that the plan to fight Ebola is just an excuse for “throwing money at various government agencies.”

Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, who warned last month said Obama was “letting these diseased people into this country to infect our own people” in order to make the U.S. more like Africa, urged Republicans to resist bipartisanship and refuse to fund the proposed measures to fight Ebola.

It’s the same thing we’ve seen for six years now: If Obama is fer it, I’m agin it.

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  • alanb

    We need to take that money and use it instead to build a fence around Africa. Then we’d all be safe.

  • Artor

    ZOMG! We’re spending twice as much in Africa as we are in Israel!!! It’s almost like Africa is an entire fucking continent or something!

  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Hmm. Is there a stronger word than reprenensible. Oh, yeah. Wait. Republican.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It’s nice that there are people like Obama in the world, if only to show how many truly reprehensible people there are too.

  • raven

    It’s very fundie xian. There is absolutely no doubt that xianity isn’t a source of morality.

    1. The budgets for the CDC, NIH, and public health in general have been dropping for over a decade. It is starting to show.

    2. This is typical of the christofascists. They want government services such as a military capable of fighting 3 wars at once, science that can come up with cures and vaccines fast, and public health that can stop emerging diseases when and where they start.

    But they don’t want to pay for it!!! Social Security, Medicare, and heavily militarized police are OK. Taxes are not. It’s magical thinking at its worst.

  • raven

    There was a huge amount of Ebola panic right before the election, fed by the right wingnut lie and smoke machine.

    It all seems to have ended right about the Election Tuesday. This wasn’t a coincidence.

    I suppose it helps that the number of Ebola patients in the USA right now is…zero. None. That Ebola epidemic that was supposed to spread like wildfire and kill half of us while the other half are herded into FEMA death panel camps is proving to be rather slow and ineffective.

    But don’t worry, conspiracy theories are like buses, there is always another one along. Already they are beating the drums for dengue fever and Chikungunya will be along next summer.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    raven “It all seems to have ended right about the Election Tuesday. This wasn’t a coincidence.”

    Yes. See how effective having the GOP in charge of the Legislative branch is? Imagine how much more they could Save the Country if they also had the Executive!

  • raven

    Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, who warned last month said Obama was “letting these diseased people into this country to infect our own people”

    1. Well she is right sort of. Huge numbers of diseased people enter the USA every year!!!

    2. The vast majority of them are…. a group of people known as….American citizens. Most of them are white Euro-Americans.

    3. Somewhere between 30 and 60 million Americans go outside the country every year. They are known as vacationers, tourists, and business people. They go everywhere in the world. And then come back and some of them carry diseases. It’s all quite the horror show.

    Some of these American ciizens pick up one disease or another. It’s not too uncommon and it is everything infectious that exists. There were 9 US Ebola patients. Six were returning Americans and only one was a foreigner.

    4. So what is the solution for all these diseased tourists and business people of US birth and citizenship entering the USA by the millions per year? Got me, ask some right wingnut but don’t expect much. They don’t do thought very well.

  • moarscienceplz
  • moarscienceplz

    We need to take that money and use it instead to build a fence around Africa. Then we’d all be safe.

    Yeah! If mankind hadn’t invented ships that could cross oceans, we white Americans could feel safe in our own country, but nooooo, folks from far away keep coming here and ruining it for us natives!

  • blf

    There is a dual-national doctor working in the Ebola zone which, unfortunately, was infected, and is being(? will probably soon be?) airlifted to a biosecure medical facility in Nebraska. So whilst there is no known confirmed case in USAlienstani at the moment, there very probably soon will be one.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Writing in her syndicated column yesterday, McCaughey lamented that the potential “shifting [of] resources to Africa” is “twice what we give Israel.”

    I realize that McCaughey is a professional liar and all, but we’re currently sending Israel some $2 billion a year, give or take, in exchange for them insulting us. So, are we really sending $4 billion to Africa to fight Ebola? I seriously doubt that, but I would like to see the numbers.

  • sabrekgb

    @2 Artor

    Or like Israel is a first-world industrialized country.