Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Ebola Democrats - WSJ - WSJ

The Ebola Democrats - WSJ - WSJ: "This portrait of CDC poverty is even dumber than the notion that Republicans are to blame. Liberals focus on the agency’s base budget authority, which has fallen to $5.792 billion in 2014 from $6.389 billion in 2010.

But a lot of the CDC’s funding arrives outside of the normal budget process, with Congress making emergency and supplemental appropriations as the need arises, as with Ebola. The Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) has also supplanted dollars that used to be distributed through regular order.

Counting all sources, the CDC and its sister unit the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ran a budget of $10.791 billion in 2014. The average for the Obama years is $10.823 billion including the stimulus, while the average for George W. Bush ’s second term was $8.721 billion (all-in data are available only as far back as 2003). This year’s CDC budget is a 35.2% increase over a decade ago. What austerity?"

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