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NIH Director On Sequestration: 'God Help Us If We Get A Worldwide Pandemic' (TEXT and VIDEO)

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: sequestration, NIH, government, Tea Party, congress, ethics, healthcare, economy, politics, news, corruption, americans, republicans )

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An already stagnant budget was made worse this spring when Congress and the White House failed to prevent sequestration. The NIH was forced to cut $1.7 billion from its budget by the end of September, lowering its purchasing power about 25 percent...


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Sheila D (194)
Friday August 23, 2013, 3:21 pm
Noted with very little surprise and thoughts of other cuts more immediate - like Snap will very likely cause health problems for the young and the seniors. Understand the reality of any epidemic but also understand the very real possibilities of starvation.
Michelle Obama thinks we're obese now, just wait. The poor have no choices in the food they can afford - that means GMOs, fructose by the gallons, and mercury in the fish, etc...

Freya H (358)
Friday August 23, 2013, 3:57 pm
Uh-oh, I think Mother Nature just heard. She's rubbing Her hands, thinking of an easily spread ebola or hanta virus - or AIDS getting airborne - or some other lurking horror--

What's really bad, I live in Atlanta, site of the world's busiest airport. EEEEEEEK! Head for the hills!

Roseann d (178)
Friday August 23, 2013, 4:15 pm
That's what happens when ya vote for InsaniTEA. Voting GOP is hazardous to your health.

Birgit W (160)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:17 pm
Don't worry, be happy :-)

Mitchell D (87)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:03 pm
I have convinced myself that the sequestration, rather than a bi-partisan attempt to push congress to a compromise...was a strategic ploy by the insaniTEAs, and their small government-so-that we-can -have-all-the-money-for-ourselves cohorts as their actual goal!
All sorts of programs that would otherwise have helped the middle and working classes are being cut down. including SNAP, and unemployment. The Plutocrat supporting fools do not realize that when you reduce the amount of money ordinary people can spend, they hurt themselves, in the long run. That is, in part, because they can't see, nor do they care to see, the long run.
They only want what they want "NOW!' as Baruga famously said. May they turn into huge, exploding blueberries!

Past Member (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:04 pm
i cannot send a greenstar for GGma Sheila D. (today)

Veronica C (22)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:54 pm
Thanks Carrie, gonna pass this one along.

Gene J (290)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:06 am
""The clock's been ticking on the potential of the next eruption of a pandemic outbreak from South Asia or wherever. And we've gotten lucky so far [that it hasn't happened]. But are we going to stay lucky?"

That IS the question. Dirty Harry, our friend who talks to chairs, made the point a long time ago, "the question is, punk, do ya feel lucky:" I don't. I think the smallish amounts the gop talks about as the sequester continues in individual areas lull the public into believing just what the article said, sure, there's enough waste to cut a little. But the truth is this is much bigger than the NIH alone. We are woefully under prepared in many ways and yes, a pandemic, would decimate the world. But so will cleaning up after billions of dollars of storm damage as 25 super storms ravage the world each year. The effects of the sequester are many and growing, National Guard troops are being furloughed, the same troops Congress uses to fight its bloody little unnecessary wars, 57,000 kids are losing Head Start and so much more. I hope the GOP has gotten an earful during their vacation and comes back understanding the word compromise and willing to do what is necessary to rebuild our infrastructure, end the sequester, put fairness back into the tax code, clean up the banking mess and put this country back to work focused on improving not only the lot of Americans but the world. We could start by paying our dues "If the United Nations figures are accepted, as of April 15, 1998, the United States owed a total of about $1.58 billion for current and past due assessments." to the UN so that organization can begin to be more effective and active around the world. I'm not holding my breath, but this will all come back to haunt us if we do not change our wicked ways beginning with the Congress.

. (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 6:48 am
That would be bad if we did.

Peggy A (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 6:49 am

Lindsey O (19)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 7:27 am
If you aren't already - get vaccinated against that which can be prevented or lessened by vaccination. We need no more pandemics.

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 12:09 pm
Noted with thanks Carrie. Very scary news, but then with the way the money is being handled in this depressed economy, I am not surprised.

Gloria p (304)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:43 pm
But it will be like no school day!

Robert K (31)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 4:31 am
If only Republicans got the pandemic it would be a good way to reinstall sanity into politics. Sadly the sane people would get diseased just like the 'pubs.

Deborah W (6)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 5:32 am
Shortly the motivational drive of equalizing and spreading the wealth to all no matter the methods, will present the truth of 2 sides to every coin ... the same in reverse is already beginning .. actions have consequences, ready?

Amerika is well on its way to becoming just another nation among many, nothing strikingly special or rock solid. Sad, we had it all within reach and squandered it away for the short term benefits.

Robert K (31)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 2:52 pm
Wow! I just took a test at and was rated a pragmatic toward people, animal rights activist who is skeptical about religion. Leaning toward socialist, political progressive centrist with no strong opinions. No strong opinions like every republican should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail and dumped into a pit? Well, when you think about it, that is a truly rational policy, so I guess I am a centrist with rational policies after all. 8^)

Robert K (31)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 3:08 pm
I think Diane O would take issue with that assessment, but as always she would be wrong.
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