The GOP’s First 100 Days

Let’s just say, EPIC FAIL:

When House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who has long championed investment in pandemic preparation, included roughly $900 million for that purpose in this year’s emergency stimulus bill, he was ridiculed by conservative operatives and congressional Republicans.

Obey and other advocates for the spending argued, correctly, that a pandemic hitting in the midst of an economic downturn could turn a recession into something far worse — with workers ordered to remain in their homes, workplaces shuttered to avoid the spread of disease, transportation systems grinding to a halt and demand for emergency services and public health interventions skyrocketing. Indeed, they suggested, pandemic preparation was essential to any responsible plan for renewing the U.S. economy.

But former White House political czar Karl Rove and key congressional Republicans — led by Maine Senator Susan Collins — aggressively attacked the notion that there was a connection between pandemic preparation and economic recovery.

Now, as the World Health Organization says a deadly swine flu outbreak that apparently began in Mexico but has spread to the United States has the potential to develop into a pandemic, Obey’s attempt to secure the money seems eerily prescient.

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5 Responses to “The GOP’s First 100 Days”

  1. i was thinking rather smugly upon reading of this possible swine flu outbreak/pandemic that living at the bottom of the world in relative isolation sometimes has an upside, until 10 student musicians having recently returned from a trip to mexico are suspected of having the swine flu and further outbreaks here are suspected. the world is just one big scary fucking place.

  2. christian Says:

    Nobody is protected. Maybe that’s what will bring us together when we figger that out…

  3. i hope so, christian. but the ancient beasty lizard part of my brain worries the opposite will happen, tho, that a plague would drive people further apart aided by panic and paranoia, and many of those most predisposed to paranoia are already heavily armed!

  4. christian Says:

    Then I won’t recommend watching THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN like I did last night. It’s a real science fiction viral film with an unusually older, non-star cast and a great Panavision look. Cool Doug Trumbull effects too.

  5. ha, love ‘the andromeda strain’ (i have it on, yes, VHS!), but i absolutely ADORE crichton’s book, one of the first ‘adult’ novels i ever read

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