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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

St. Louis Post Dispatch - Woe is Donald Trump. The long-suffering, misunderstood president just can't make the world understand what a raw deal he got. (T)he lax U.S. response was President Barack Obama's fault. Except it's a lie of colossal Trumpian proportions. We've taken the time to dissect Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budgets from the year before Obama left office all the way to the present. Trump can lie, but the numbers cannot. Obama left office with an unblemished record of building up the nation's pandemic preparedness. Trump systematically sought to dismantle it.

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Perhaps because of his experience with the 2015 Ebola outbreak, Obama sought to leave his successor fully prepared to confront future pandemics. He asked in his fiscal 2017 budget request to boost federal isolation and quarantine funding by $15 million, to $46.6 million. Congress approved $31.6 million. In Trump's three years in office, he has not requested a dime more in funding.

Obama asked to nearly double his own $40 million outlay for epidemiology and laboratory capacity. Congress balked, but Obama left Trump with that $40 million as a starting point. What did Trump do? In his 2020 budget, he asked Congress to cut that number to: Zero. Zilch. Nothing.

Obama's goal was $629.5 million in funding for pandemic preparedness, though Congress only gave him $612 million. If Trump was so worried about a bare cupboard, why did he ask Congress to cut the 2020 pandemic preparedness budget by $102.9 million? In the 2019 fiscal year budget, he sought a $595.5 million cut in the overall public health preparedness and response outlay.

The CDC budget in Obama's final year mentions "epidemiology" or derivatives of the word 252 times. Under Trump, the word appears 129 times. The phrase "pandemic preparedness" appears exactly once in Trump's 2020 budget.

This is the difference between competent leadership with eyes toward the eventualities of the future and incompetent lazy indifference - a day trader's obsession with the moment's realities - without blueprinted coordination or preparation for what inevitably lies in the future.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-26 08:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

People will whine that Trump only proposed those cuts and that they didn't actually happen.

Which is technically correct.

But it's a window into the mind of a person who not only didn't even think about this stuff but also thought so little of it he wanted to do away with it.

THAT is why we've had the "response" we've had.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-26 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Virus is a hoax! Didn't you hear?

100,000 people died of...other things...

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-26 04:18 PM | Reply

Oh I know!

100,000 people didn't die of Coronavirus!

They were probably murdered by Joe Scarborough or Hillary Clinton!

#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-26 04:19 PM | Reply

Benghazziiiiiii!!!!!!

Republican thought process.

I mean cuz 4 people died! OMG!

#5 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-26 04:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

According to congressional GOP standards, shouldn't there be now 25000 investigations, repeated four times? After all, that was the standard ratio used in Benghazi, and Clinton wasn't even in any way respnsible.

#6 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-05-26 05:09 PM | Reply

"This is the difference between competent leadership with eyes toward the eventualities of the future and incompetent lazy indifference - a day trader's obsession with the moment's realities - without blueprinted coordination or preparation for what inevitably lies in the future."

You're doing it again. tweety's fustercluck cannot be blamed on incompetence.

It was deliberate.

"We must erase that black guy's presence from the history books."

#7 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-05-26 07:50 PM | Reply

I love that media outlets are getting more comfortable calling a lie a lie. Notice it wasn't a "false statement" or some other such whitewashing, it was a "lie of Trumpian proportions." The Resident is the biggest liar to ever occupy the WH. The fact that his press secretaries have to lie for him incessantly makes me wonder about their personal qualities. Yesterday I heard McMuffinani claim that she has never heard Dotard lie. I nearly snarfed my coffee all over my keyboard. I thought she said she would never lie to the media.

#8 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-27 07:11 PM | Reply

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