So, how do you fight the Zika virus? Stay away from Brazilians.
The first recorded case of the Zika virus in Georgia was not from mosquitoes sneaking across the Georgia – Florida state line on I-95, it was from a woman who had sex with a man from Brazil.
The effort against the Zika virus has erupted into another partisan political fight. Obama insists that he needs $1.9 Billion to fight the virus, and the Congressional Republicans are taking their good time in approving the request.
First, the Congress is just doing its job. If the Congress does not investigate budget requests, then they are derelict in doing their job. That’s why we send our Congressional Reps to Washington.
Second, the Federal Government has unspent money allocated previously for the Ebola virus scare. Congress suggested that Obama use that pool of cash of $600 Million while his $1.9 Billion request was investigated. This is nothing more than due-diligence on the part of the Republicans.
The Zika virus seems to be another crisis to be milked. The long established pattern is to take a seemingly urgent situation, scream that it is an absolute emergency, and then force the Congress into allocating money not only to “fight” the emergency, but to fund other programs that would never get funded in the light of an ordinary budget bill.
Remember climate change, carbon taxes, and the EPA forcing power companies and mining companies out of business? This is the same sort of made-up emergency. There may be a grain of truth at the bottom, but the history of Stalin and Hitler tell us that the most powerful propaganda has only a grain of truth. All else is manufactured.
The available $600 Million from the Ebola-scare program is more than enough to take care of whatever near-term things we can do. Besides, the real fight against Zika is on the local government level. Cities, counties, and states have to spray, and eliminate local habitats of the insect. What will the Feds do, buy a billion cans of bug spray? Ridiculous!
The proposed research programs for the CDC are not near term projects. They are all long term, and will take months to get going. So, why is the whole $1.9 Billion needed immediately?
The Ebola-scare money is more than enough for a great start against the Zika-scare emergency. The money is there, and now is the time to put it to good use. Waiting a couple of weeks for the Congress to do its job is not a big deal.