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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

GOP-backed budget cuts are explicitly to blame for the deaths caused by the Ebola virus, according to a startling new attack ad from the liberal 501(c)(4) “dark money” group The Agenda Project Action Fund.

The ad, titled “Republican Cuts Kill,” directly ties the Republican Party’s single-minded focus on slashing the federal budget to the Ebola outbreak. The one-minute spot, which will air on television in battleground states, mixes footage of top Republicans calling for spending cuts with clips of government officials and news organizations detailing the decline in public health funding, and images of body bags and health-care workers in hazmat suits.

Republican leaders will surely protest that the ad is exploitative and unfair (indeed, a spokesman for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) immediately responded to the attack by dismissing The Agenda Project as “a shadowy group of progressive political hit men” who “should be ashamed of themselves for blaming a whole political party for the Ebola virus”). But GOP-backed budget cuts have had a clear, negative impact on the nation’s ability to respond to the crisis.

“NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'” National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins told The Huffington Post in an interview last week. “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.”

This is not the first time that The Agenda Project has attracted headlines with a controversial campaign ad. In 2011, the group infamously criticized Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed Medicare cuts by depicting him pushing a grandmother off a cliff.

Photo: Speaker Boehner via Flickr

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  • Budjob

    All I can say is,the ad is ONLY SAYING what every informed American already knows and,the misinformed Americans should be made aware o!.

    • FT66

      The ad is going to be aired everywhere don’t worry. There is no doubt the message will sink in everyone’s mind. Republicans actions can’t go unpunished.

    • Kanawah

      Bull’s eye, budjob.

  • Nature Girl

    And the ad doesn’t even mention the funding cuts to the DEA, which allowed the drug cartels to take over Mexico and Central America, sending thousands of “illegal” immigrants fleeing across out borders, and heroine addiction in the U.S. to rise to unprecedented levels. Republicans act like there are no consequences to the “cuts”. Their lack of foresight is putting our country in serious jeopardy.

  • DAK27

    The truth hurts, huh? Perhaps you should try some of that truth yourself… Oh, wait. You can’t because FOX would be off the air and no Republican would be able to speak. The GOP is only made up of liars and haters.
    But seriously, perhaps if you concentrated on telling us the TRUTH about Obama and his policies, highlighted the ACTUAL differences between the two positions other than lie, lie and then telling more lies, we might believe you. It is like the boy who cried “Wolf!” and then when the wolf actually did show up, no one listened. That’s how it is for me with the GOP. Even if Obama was planning on taking over the world tomorrow and the GOP told me about it today, I’d not believe them. Too many bullshit lies for the one truth to slip out.

    • EaglesGlen

      If Obama’s Special Forces #2 are now attacking Obama’s Special Forces #1 (ISIS); in this case would Obama be spreading or stopping Ebola up front, and then later?

      • Kanawah

        What 855 Obama lies, corruptions, cronyisms.
        The Obama administration is the most truthful and honest administration in decades.

        The only “lies from the Obama administration are the ones that the teatard republicans told, and then said that “Obama did it”.

  • EaglesGlen

    Claim appears wrong or fraudulent as it does not cite any treaty to supply medical services to foreign powers for Ebola or other.

    • Kanawah

      Hey fool, Ebola knows no borders. There are 2 confirmed cases in the US. One of them is DEAD.

      Yes, the republican cut KILL

  • ExRadioGuy15

    EaglesGlen must be trying to kid us with his logically fallacious argument.

    What many people don’t realize is the budget- and tax-cutting philosophy of the GOP, known as “Starve the Beast” (STB), has its genesis in a 1970 meeting between radical Republican Conservative politicians, captains of industry and some of the super-wealthy who didn’t run corporations.

    The philosophy was simple: by cutting taxes and spending, aka, “Starving the Beast”, the size of government can be reduced to a point where the government can be overthrown by the wealthy and big corporations. The plan called for big corporations to take over the former functions of government, which makes the STB philosophy an act of Sedition.

    STB is behind the GOP’s psychopathic obsession with cutting taxes and spending. So, it can’t be a surprise that the GOP are truly responsible for situations like this because of their greedy and Seditious philosophies.

    The GOP’s financial philosophies can be explained with the use of just one term: upward wealth redistribution.

  • Kanawah

    This ad should be run at every opertunity in every race one of the insane budget cuttes is running.
    May be change it a little to make it a little more personal.
    Such as “republican cuts can kill YOU!

  • elw

    That is the best ad I have seen in years. The tax cutting philosophy has its down side, and Ebola is a good example of that. If you choose to cut, then take responsibility for the results. Democrats should be not let the GOPs protests stop them from speaking the truth. Any way you look at it if you take half the agency’s money away it will be half as affective and some things are more important than money, you know like your health and protecting it.

  • Allan Richardson

    If you are running a city and you lay off most the firefighters, sell the fire trucks, and leave the few remaining firefighters nothing but a few buckets, then don’t complain when the city burns down.

    • Independent1

      In addition to having the worst health care delivery system in America, Texas also ranks in the bottom five of the states in America for the protection provided by its police and fire departments. And a great deal of that is due to Rick Perry creating bare bones budgets and even shuttling what money are in the budget to suckering businesses into moving to Texas.

  • mah101

    That ad is one hundred percent correct. There is a reason we have government and it is to provide for the public good. Republicans don’t seem to care about public good, only corporate profits and political power – oh, and avoiding responsibility.

    Vote in November.

    and, NEVER vote republican.

  • Wedge Shot

    Yes and maybe the reason for the nurse getting sick in the Dallas hospital is because there wasn’t enough money to provide the safety items and equipment needed to contain the virus. Oh, and by the way Texas has the most uninsured people of any state in the union. And Texas refused to expand Medicaid. What if one sick person, that can not afford to go to a doctor or hospital, has Ebola or some other serious illness and spreads it around at some large group gathering?

    • Independent1

      One of the unfortunate reasons that two nurses now have tested positive for Ebola in Texas, is because as you point out, Rick Perry’s budgets along with cuts from Washington, have strapped the majority of health care facilities in Texas, such that the national organization that rates the effectiveness of our nations health care facilities, awarded Texas the dubious distinction of having the worst health care delivery system in America for 2013. And unfortunately, evidence of that is showing up in these two unfortunate nurses contracting Ebola.

  • charles king

    People, How? can you allow irresponsible Republicans and anyother AssH**** to make decisions for our Nation to allow a desease like Ebola to spread because the cuts that were made by these ASSH**** in our Congress and Senate that is Why? we have a Govt. to protect its citizens Not to do Nothing, You Do Not Do Nothing When? you are suppose to be running the goodwill of our Country. Why? are the GOP allow to get away with this S***. The VOTE is still Supreme so V O T E these Ignort A**** O U T, O U T, O U T, WE the People Do Not need these kinds of ANTI-Government greedy Capitalistic Pigs. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING