Desperate lying liars lie.
An ad sponsored by a group called the Agenda Project — titled “Republican Cuts Kill” — intersperses claims of falling budgets at the CDC and NIH, a montage of Republicans saying the word “cut,” and images of dead bodies and people in hazmat suits.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the >House Budget Committee<, says, “There’s no doubt that the deep health care cuts that we’ve seen have made it more difficult to respond in a rapid and comprehensive way to the Ebola outbreak.”
CDC head Thomas Frieden intimated as much, saying, “There are outbreaks happening today that we’re not able to recognize, stop or prevent as effectively as we should be able to.”
The head of the NIH, Francis Collins, even suggested that, were it not for budget cuts, “we probably would have had (an Ebola) vaccine in time for this.”
The CDC’s budget today is 25% bigger than it was in 2008 and 188% bigger than in 2000. The NIH budget has been flat for the past few years, but at a level that’s more than double what it was 14 years ago.
Plus, spending at both of these agencies has actually been higher than President Obama himself proposed (see chart). The 2014 NIH budget, in fact, is almost $1 billion bigger than Obama sought in his budget plan, released in early 2010. [...]
Hillary also pointed a crooked finger at the GOP.
Velvet Hammer (crosspost)