s skippy the bush kangaroo: if you get swine flu, thank susan collins and the republicans

skippy the bush kangaroo



Monday, April 27, 2009

if you get swine flu, thank susan collins and the republicans

ds wanted pandemic planning $ in the stimulus, rs fought to keep it out.

gop know-nothings fought pandemic preparedness: 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."



you already know the story, but the whole thing's worth reading.

posted by Pudentilla at 4:19 AM |

2 Comments:

Right now, I'd be happy to just not get sick...
but this is the same party that thought Volcano monitoring was stupid...and wasteful...

and Bush tried to do away with National Weather bureau.....and a week later Katrina hit....

Insight is not their speciality...
commented by Blogger enigma4ever, 9:27 PM PDT  

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