The Centers for Disease Control has bungled its response to the Ebola virus. But in true bureaucratic fashion, the CDC and its sister organization, the National Institutes of Health, say that if they only had more money, they would have found a vaccine by now and everything would be fine. The problem is the federal government's health bureaucrats have been given plenty of money over the years. They just decided to spend it on other things:
"For instance, the agency has spent $2,873,440 trying to figure out why lesbians are obese, and $466,642 on why fat girls have a tough time getting dates. Another $2,075,611 was spent encouraging old people to join choirs.
"Millions have gone to 'text message interventions,' including a studywhere researchers sent texts to drunks at the bar to try to get them to stop drinking. The project received an additional grant this year, for a total of $674,590.
"The NIH is also texting older African Americans with HIV ($372,460), HIV and drug users in rural areas ($693,000), HIV smokers ($763,519), pregnant smokers ($380,145), teen moms ($243,839), and meth addicts ($360,113). Text message interventions to try to get obese people to lose weight have cost $2,707,067."
There are many more examples of very questionable spending - totally over $39 million. But what about an Ebola vaccine?
" . . . Health and Human Services (HHS) had to outsource efforts at an Ebola vaccine to the Baltimore-based Profectus BioSciences Inc. The company will receive $8.6 million to research and test their vaccine, a fraction of NIH funding that went to the above projects."
by Response Action Network