Rand Paul (R-Ironyville) criticized the Obama Administration over its response to the Ebola virus on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Wednesday. He claimed Obama is not taking the ‘threat’ seriously enough and also criticized his decision to send 3,000 troops to Africa to help contain the virus:
“Can you imagine if a whole ship full of our soldiers catch Ebola?
“It’s a big mistake to downplay and act as if, ‘Oh, this is not a big deal, we can control all this.’ This could get beyond our control,” Paul added. [Source]
What Paul forgot to mention while he was bashing the president is that he proposed two budgets cuts that would’ve completely crippled the groups fighting to contain the deadly virus. Whoops!
In his 2012 fiscal budget proposal he suggested that ALL foreign aid be eliminated. That means the U.S. Agency for International Development would no longer exist. This is the agency that has been key in fighting the spread of the virus in West Africa, sending $95.3 million to the area in this fiscal year alone.
But that’s not the only agency Rand would destroy. In his 2014 budget he called for a 20% reduction in Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spending from its 2008 levels. This is the group whose job it is to fight Ebola within the United States.
Oh the irony! He claims that Obama is not taking the threat seriously enough, all while trying to cripple the agencies who are fighting the virus. He obviously thinks it’s free to control an outbreak of this size overseas and to stop it in its tracks here at home.
It would be a good idea if Teapublicans reviewed their own policies before criticizing Obama’s. Ebola isn’t scary to me right now, but it sure would be if ‘fend for yourself’ Republicans were in charge. We’d resemble West Africa.