By Tom Quiner

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Political hyperbole has reached its Zenith with the suggestion that Republicans are pro ebola.

Sigh.

Watch the ad above put out by supporters of the Democratic Party.

I am exhausted by the relentless flood of these inane missives from ‘nabobs of negativism’ (with a tip of the hat to Spiro Agnew speechwriter, William Safire).

For the record, Republicans are no better.

The Wall Street Journal debunked the ad above with damning efficiency:

Yes, the baseline budget for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) HAS fallen to $5.792 billion in 2014 from $6.389 billion in 2010. But there’s more to the budget than meets the eye, as the WSJ reports:

“But a lot of the CDC’s funding arrives outside of the normal budget process, with Congress making emergency and supplemental appropriations as the need arises, as with Ebola.

Counting all sources, the CDC and its sister unit the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ran a budget of $10.791 billion in 2014. The average for the Obama years is $10.823 billion including the stimulus, while the average for George W. Bush ’s second term was $8.721 billion (all-in data are available only as far back as 2003). This year’s CDC budget is a 35.2% increase over a decade ago. What austerity?

According to the National Health Expenditures accounts, total federal and state funding for “public health activity” rose to $74.991 billion in 2012, a 13.7% increase over 2007 and 180.1% over 1993. Over the same periods, Medicare spending alone jumped 32.3% in five years and 281.7% in 20.”

Democrats love to spend. Actually, so do Republicans, they’re just not as honest about it.

I leave you with the chart below. Government spending keeps climbing. Honorable analysts fear we’re nearing the point of unsustainability. However, it is disingenuous to suggest that government is spending too little ON ANYTHING, with the possible exception of defense, when you look at the chart below.

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2 Comments

  1. oarubio on October 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

    The Left’s concern for “sustainability” is concentrating on the wrong thing (climate vs budget)! They want to control what we really have minor influence over and keep disregarding a truly man-made problem.

    • quinersdiner on October 15, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Boy, that really says it, Tony! Thanks for writing.

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