Terrance Heath

Week In Review: If Ebola Doesn't Kill You, Wingnuttery Will

Filed By Terrance Heath | October 19, 2014 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Ebola, fear mongering, gay marriage, marriage equality, Peggy Noonan, Scott Brown, week in review

Republicans finally have something to run on: fear. This week, it's fear of Ebola. Of course, right-wing fear-mongers always leave out how conservatism made the Ebola crisis possible.

Fox News contributor Stacey Dash called for the federal government to establish "special centers for Ebola in each state." Dash must have forgotten that the government could just use those empty "FEMA camps."

But we don't have a surgeon general to tell us that, thanks to the gun-loving wingnut brigade. Meanwhile, wingnuts are squawking for an "Ebola Czar," -- after suggesting that the use of "czars" was turning us into Russia -- and then attacking the president for appointing one.

Something else we don't have are national public health institutions sufficiently funded to handle crises like Ebola. Right-wing budget slashing cut the Center for Disease Control's emergency preparedness budget nearly in half. The CDC's discretionary funding was cut by $585 million between 2010 and 2014.

Funding for public health preparedness and response efforts were cut by $1 billion between 2002 and 2013, resulting in about 45,700 job losses at the state and local level -- at a time when vaccine-preventable diseases like Ebola are a growing threat.

Conservatives like Erick Erickson can claim that "fat lesbians got all the Ebola dollars," but it was wingnuttery that got us into this mess.

More of the same wingnuttery isn't going to get us out of it:

  • Fox & Friends contributor Laura Ingraham attacked CDC director Tom Frieden, claiming that he "is on the verge of becoming the Baghdad Bob of the health care community."
  • In an interview with Glenn Beck, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) accused Democrats of throwing nurses with Ebola "under the bus" as part of "the Democrats' new war on women nurses."
  • In an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, right-wing radio host Michael Savage said that Ebola could a "blessing" that prompts President Obama's ouster from office.
  • Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that people in the highest level of our government and media "think Americans deserve to get Ebola."
  • Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) told End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles that President Obama may be delaying the U.S. response to Ebola, and letting the virus spread so that he can "use emergency powers to take over control of the economy and everything."
  • North Carolina Baptist Pastor Ron Baity told his congregation that God will make the Ebola crisis even worse when gay marriage starts in North Carolina. "You think Ebola is bad now, just wait!," Baity told his flock.
  • Televangelist John Hagee said the Ebola crisis is God's punishment on America for President Obama's failure to support Israel.
  • Answering a question from a viewer, John Hagee's son Matthew Hagee said Ebola is a sign of the "End Times" and cited a biblical passage to claim that Jesus said famines and pestilence would precede his return. Pestilence is an illness for which there seems to be no cure," Hagee said. "That would certainly describe Ebola."
  • Father and son duo Ron Paul and Rand Paul have some crazy things to say about Ebola. Rand Paul says Ebola is more transmissible than AIDS, despite what experts say. Meanwhile, Ron Paul says "liberty" will contain Ebola, so everyone can just calm down.
  • Children of God, a "pro-life" group, wants the government to stop fast-tracking two potential Ebola vaccines, because vaccine development includes stem cell research.
  • It fell to Fox News' Shepard Smith to serve as a voice of reason once again, and tell viewers "Do not listen to the hysterical voices" in the media on Ebola.

Here's the rest of the worst in wingnuttia this week:

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