As the American public has begun to grasp the massive ineptitude behind the Obama administration’s response to Ebola, a leftist non-profit, the Agenda Project Action Fund (APAF), has sprung to the rescue. An ad campaign entitled “Republican Cuts Kill” features several prominent Republicans, and implies that budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are responsible for the current Ebola outbreak—all over the world. “Like rabid dogs in a butcher shop, Republicans have indiscriminately shredded everything in their path, including critical programs that could have dealt with the Ebola crisis before it reached our country,” Erica Payne, founder and president of APAF told supporters in an email.
Unfortunately for the American left, research compiled at the twitter feed of CounterMoonbat illuminates a few of those “critical programs” in which the NIH and CDC involved themselves. They include $325,525 for a study showing “wives would be happier if they could calm down faster” during marital spats, $386,000 to study rabbit massage, $939,771 on “why fruit flies fall in love” and $666,905 to study mood relationships with those who watch Seinfeld reruns. Another $350,000 studied the relationship between golfers and their imagination, $702,000 was spent studying the impact of TV’s and gas generators in Vietnam, $150,000 went to China “to learn more about acupuncture” and $423,000 was used to determine why men “don’t like to wear condoms.”
That’s the small stuff. The NIH has a whopping $90 million to fund various health projects in China, including $17 million to learn “whether 420 prostitutes and 241 of their clients were willing to use ‘microbicides’ during sexual activity to combat sexually transmitted diseases.”
Apparently such absurdities were not enough to derail the leftist attempt to demonize Republicans. In a shameless attempt to maintain this effort, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins told the Huffington Post last Sunday an Ebola vaccine “likely” would have been available, were it not for budget cuts. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”