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AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort coronavirus readiness

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. Revmitchell

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders are describing the federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed leadership by President Donald Trump. That’s a distorted picture. For starters, Trump hasn’t succeeded in cutting the budget.

    He’s proposed cuts but Congress ignored him and increased financing instead. The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aren’t suffering from budget cuts that never took effect.

    MIKE BLOOMBERG: “There’s nobody here to figure out what the hell we should be doing. And he’s defunded — he’s defunded Centers for Disease Control, CDC, so we don’t have the organization we need. This is a very serious thing.” — debate Tuesday night.

    JOE BIDEN, comparing the Obama-Biden administration with now: “We increased the budget of the CDC. We increased the NIH budget. ... He’s wiped all that out. ... He cut the funding for the entire effort.”

    THE FACTS: They’re both wrong to say the agencies have seen their money cut. Bloomberg is repeating the false allegation in a new ad that states the U.S. is unprepared for the virus because of “reckless cuts” to the CDC. Trump’s budgets have proposed cuts to public health, only to be overruled by Congress, where there’s strong bipartisan support for agencies such as the CDC and NIH. Instead, financing has increased.

    Indeed, the money that government disease detectives first tapped to fight the latest outbreak was a congressional fund created for health emergencies.

    Some public health experts say a bigger concern than White House budgets is the steady erosion of a CDC grant program for state and local public health emergency preparedness — the front lines in detecting and battling new disease. But that decline was set in motion by a congressional budget measure that predates Trump.

    The broader point about there being “nobody here” to coordinate the response sells short what’s in place to handle an outbreak.

    AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort coronavirus readiness
     
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    I saw that article in my news feed and I almost fell over. The Associated Press actually fact checking Democrats.

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    'Another case in point: 38% of American beer drinkers surveyed this week said they wouldn'y buy Corona "under any circumstances" at the moment.' (according to CBS.)

    The corporation where I work asks visitors to sign a paper saying that they haven't been in China in the last two weeks.

    I don't think that there has been a cut in the budget in the last 80 years....
     
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