Monday, February 24, 2020

Coronavirus spreads. Can WI's re-election chair justify Trump's public health fail?

All of Trump's Wisconsin enablers, from Ron Johnson to 2020 state Trump re-election co-chair Scott Walker 

to the VosGerald geniuses whom Walker will rely on all year should be asked - - as the coronavirus spreads - - to justify this sequence of Trumpian failings years in the making:

Trump Proposes Deep Cuts In Detecting Disease Outbreaks Worldwide
In Trump's proposal, funding for the program would drop by about two-thirds, from about $180 million each year to about $60 million each year. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to downsize its operations — or even close up shop — in 39 countries by September 2019. It will continue its work in 10 countries. 
Top White House official in charge of pandemic response exits abruptly
The top White House official responsible for leading the U.S. response in the event of a deadly pandemic has left the administration, and the global health security team he oversaw has been disbanded under a reorganization by national security adviser John Bolton.
The abrupt departure of Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer from the National Security Council means no senior administration official is now focused solely on global health security. Ziemer’s departure, along with the breakup of his team, comes at a time when many experts say the country is already underprepared for the increasing risks of a pandemic or bioterrorism attack. 
So time out here: 

You know that coronavirus suffering and body counts, already catastrophic and accelerating elsewhere, are coming to our shores, too.

That is, barring a miracle, or, by the grace of skilled work through scientists and public servants the likes of whom the GOP crew routinely underfund, undervalue and dismiss.

So we'll ask those in Wisconsin GOP 'leadership' who've offered nary an empathetic peep for members of the world family who are sick, nameless, or otherwise can't:

Will there be from you Trump loyalists any acceptance of accountability, or will 2020 be for you a seamless continuation of your easy-peasy political lives while you:

* Enjoy speaking gigs and holidays between cruises and party trains (see Walker's Twitter feed);

* Spend a spring, summer and fall filled with parades and fund-raising picnics  befitting safely-gerrymandered Legislative incumbents;

* Be swept up into privileged hobnobbing with Trump when he floats on Air Fore 1 into the state again and again and again for another and another and another publicly-subsidized ego massage at the Rally Corral;

* Or indulge in Capitol parlor games, like the dulling, deadening distraction now being perpetrated for partisan entertainment at the expense of actual public service, and Democrats: a bar closing extension time for the DNC this summer - - still undecided

What synthetic drama!

Back to what Republicans should have to answer for right now:

US underprepared for coronavirus due to Trump cuts, say health experts
  • Steps put in place after Ebola outbreak have been scrapped
  • Post of global health czar eliminated and CDC funding cut
White House Will Ask Congress for Emergency Coronavirus Funds

The request will arrive at the same time the Trump administration is proposing cuts to health programs across the government and as health officials across the nation struggle to keep up with costs....
Lawmakers are skeptical of the White House’s intentions. The president’s budget request for the fiscal year that begins in October proposed tens of millions of dollars in cuts to health and human services’ Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, in addition to the department’s Hospital Preparedness Program, which helps hospitals handle surges of patients during disease outbreaks. 
The administration also asked to cut more than $85 million from the C.D.C.’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, which directly works on outbreaks like the coronavirus, which is believed to have emerged from live animals in Wuhan, China. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I find the bar closing time bill so funny. The Assembly pushed for a state-wide closing time of 4 am to get it passed while the Senate couldn't find the votes.