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This editorial spells it out clearly. 

https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-if-the-pandemic-preparedness-cupboard-was-bare-it-was-trumps-doing/article_bd1bb8d6-7477-590d-af72-ae4e305de601.html

Editorial: If the pandemic-preparedness cupboard was bare, it was Trump's doing

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Woe is Donald Trump. The long-suffering, misunderstood president just can’t make the world understand what a raw deal he got. The pandemic was China’s fault. Or was it the World Health Organization’s fault? One thing we know for sure, the lax U.S. response was President Barack Obama’s fault.

“We inherited a broken, terrible system …,” Trump told reporters on April 18. “Our cupboards were bare. We had very little in our stockpile.” That was Trump’s attempt, frequently repeated by the president and recycled in White House presentations, to lay responsibility for the inept pandemic response at Obama’s feet, as if three years in office were insufficient for Trump to repair all the supposed damage his predecessor wrought.

Except it’s a lie of colossal Trumpian proportions.

We’ve taken the time to dissect Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budgets from the year before Obama left office all the way to the present. Trump can lie, but the numbers cannot. Obama left office with an unblemished record of building up the nation’s pandemic preparedness. Trump systematically sought to dismantle it.

Perhaps because of his experience with the 2015 Ebola outbreak, Obama sought to leave his successor fully prepared to confront future pandemics. He asked in his fiscal 2017 budget request to boost federal isolation and quarantine funding by $15 million, to $46.6 million. Congress approved $31.6 million. In Trump’s three years in office, he has not requested a dime more in funding.

 

Obama asked to nearly double his own $40 million outlay for epidemiology and laboratory capacity. Congress balked, but Obama left Trump with that $40 million as a starting point. What did Trump do? In his 2020 budget, he asked Congress to cut that number to: Zero. Zilch. Nothing.

 

Obama’s goal was $629.5 million in funding for pandemic preparedness, though Congress only gave him $612 million. If Trump was so worried about a bare cupboard, why did he ask Congress to cut the 2020 pandemic preparedness budget by $102.9 million? In the 2019 fiscal year budget, he sought a $595.5 million cut in the overall public health preparedness and response outlay.

 

The CDC budget in Obama’s final year mentions “epidemiology” or derivatives of the word 252 times. Under Trump, the word appears 129 times. The phrase “pandemic preparedness” appears exactly once in Trump’s 2020 budget.Interestingly, Trump’s own 2020 budget contains a chart comparing the nation’s public health emergency preparedness before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and where it stood in 2016 (why it stops with Obama’s final year is unclear). Before 9/11, the nation had a 20% ability to mobilize in response to a health emergency, a 5% ability to establish an incident-command system, and 0% storage and distribution capacity for critical medicines and supplies. By Obama’s final year, the nation’s preparedness on all measurements was 98% to 100%. That’s by the Trump administration’s own assessment.

 
 

If the cupboard was bare, it’s because Trump swept it clean.

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1 hour ago, BarryLaverty said:

This editorial spells it out clearly. 

https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-if-the-pandemic-preparedness-cupboard-was-bare-it-was-trumps-doing/article_bd1bb8d6-7477-590d-af72-ae4e305de601.html

Editorial: If the pandemic-preparedness cupboard was bare, it was Trump's doing

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Woe is Donald Trump. The long-suffering, misunderstood president just can’t make the world understand what a raw deal he got. The pandemic was China’s fault. Or was it the World Health Organization’s fault? One thing we know for sure, the lax U.S. response was President Barack Obama’s fault.

“We inherited a broken, terrible system …,” Trump told reporters on April 18. “Our cupboards were bare. We had very little in our stockpile.” That was Trump’s attempt, frequently repeated by the president and recycled in White House presentations, to lay responsibility for the inept pandemic response at Obama’s feet, as if three years in office were insufficient for Trump to repair all the supposed damage his predecessor wrought.

Except it’s a lie of colossal Trumpian proportions.

We’ve taken the time to dissect Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budgets from the year before Obama left office all the way to the present. Trump can lie, but the numbers cannot. Obama left office with an unblemished record of building up the nation’s pandemic preparedness. Trump systematically sought to dismantle it.

Perhaps because of his experience with the 2015 Ebola outbreak, Obama sought to leave his successor fully prepared to confront future pandemics. He asked in his fiscal 2017 budget request to boost federal isolation and quarantine funding by $15 million, to $46.6 million. Congress approved $31.6 million. In Trump’s three years in office, he has not requested a dime more in funding.

 

Obama asked to nearly double his own $40 million outlay for epidemiology and laboratory capacity. Congress balked, but Obama left Trump with that $40 million as a starting point. What did Trump do? In his 2020 budget, he asked Congress to cut that number to: Zero. Zilch. Nothing.

 

Obama’s goal was $629.5 million in funding for pandemic preparedness, though Congress only gave him $612 million. If Trump was so worried about a bare cupboard, why did he ask Congress to cut the 2020 pandemic preparedness budget by $102.9 million? In the 2019 fiscal year budget, he sought a $595.5 million cut in the overall public health preparedness and response outlay.

 

The CDC budget in Obama’s final year mentions “epidemiology” or derivatives of the word 252 times. Under Trump, the word appears 129 times. The phrase “pandemic preparedness” appears exactly once in Trump’s 2020 budget.Interestingly, Trump’s own 2020 budget contains a chart comparing the nation’s public health emergency preparedness before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and where it stood in 2016 (why it stops with Obama’s final year is unclear). Before 9/11, the nation had a 20% ability to mobilize in response to a health emergency, a 5% ability to establish an incident-command system, and 0% storage and distribution capacity for critical medicines and supplies. By Obama’s final year, the nation’s preparedness on all measurements was 98% to 100%. That’s by the Trump administration’s own assessment.

 
 

If the cupboard was bare, it’s because Trump swept it clean.

It clearly says “opinion” right up front, Mildred. Everybody’s got one...

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5 minutes ago, CarthDawg77 said:

It clears says “opinion” right up front, Mildred. Everybody’s got one...

Did you read those fancy stats within the editorial? Those were FACT. 

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5 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

Did you read those fancy stats within the editorial? Those were FACT. 

So, according to your own article, you have to give both Obama AND Bush credit for building it up.

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10 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

Did you read those fancy stats within the editorial? Those were FACT. 

Those stats seem to lean towards research, not actual stockpiling masks and hand sanitizer and ventilators...  

We get it, you are a liberal.  Trump is Satan.  Trump created COVID-19.  Racist Trump sneezed COVID straight into Wuhan China to destroy the world's economy.  Easy Liberal Caveman speak: Red Man Bad.

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5 minutes ago, Monte1076 said:

So, according to your own article, you have to give both Obama AND Bush credit for building it up.

Well, sure, why not? 

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3 minutes ago, MavGrad99 said:

Those stats seem to lean towards research, not actual stockpiling masks and hand sanitizer and ventilators...  

We get it, you are a liberal.  Trump is Satan.  Trump created COVID-19.  Racist Trump sneezed COVID straight into Wuhan China to destroy the world's economy.  Easy Liberal Caveman speak: Red Man Bad.

That's kind of harsh and simplistic for someone normally more thoughtful. Obama planned for a horrible day coming, and Trump didn't want to acknowledge it might happen and attempted to slash the budget for it. That's directly counter to what he and his administration have said. Why does that make you angry at me? 

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3 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

That's kind of harsh and simplistic for someone normally more thoughtful. Obama planned for a horrible day coming, and Trump didn't want to acknowledge it might happen and attempted to slash the budget for it. That's directly counter to what he and his administration have said. Why does that make you angry at me? 

Obama set aside funds to study for it, prepare mentally, according to what I can see in your article.  It says nothing about surplus supplies that is making this difficult ON THE WORLD!

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6 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

Well, sure, why not? 

Just checking for consistency. I'm glad you acknowledge Bush had a hand in replenishment, though.

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2 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

From your article it says that Obama wasn't prepared enough...

 

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    • While the stockpile had a lot of goods, it didn’t have all the needed supplies for the nationwide 2020 pandemic.

    • Reports show that N95 masks were depleted as a result of H1N1 in 2009, and experts warned they should be replenished.

     

     

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10 minutes ago, MavGrad99 said:

From your article it says that Obama wasn't prepared enough...

 

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Yep, for the overall good, Congress and the White House couldn't get their budget priorities straight. 

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1 minute ago, BarryLaverty said:

Yep, for the overall good, Congress and the White House couldn't get their budget priorities straight. 

Look at our deficit...  That has been going on for over 20 years... the one year that things were going good for our country, Bush sent us some cash to piss away.

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10 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

Yep, for the overall good, Congress and the White House couldn't get their budget priorities straight. 

The House was too busy trying to Impeach a duly elected President to give 💩💩’s about ANYTHING ELSE....

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This is a laughably misleading article that totally misses the point.  Presidents and congresses "budget" for all sorts of things that never materialize or see the light of day.  In reality, all Obama did was throw up a bunch of big numbers in a budget on his way out the door that never happened.  It's a political game Presidents and congresses do so they can claim their predecessors cut funding .... I saw this game played for over 20 years in the military.  When President Trump accurately stated "the cupboard was bare" he was talking about actual on hand tangible assets, not a bunch of phony "budget numbers" that Obama threw out there knowing they would never be funded or purchased ... that's the political games they are playing ... the libtard media and dims are throwing up a phony fake news narrative that's total bologna and this article is low grade birdcage liner ... same thing with those Obama game plan binders, nothing but a hastily thrown together bunch of bs for somebody else to do, they sure as hell didn't follow their own plans .... tru storie  .....

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1 hour ago, BarryLaverty said:

This editorial spells it out clearly. 

https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-if-the-pandemic-preparedness-cupboard-was-bare-it-was-trumps-doing/article_bd1bb8d6-7477-590d-af72-ae4e305de601.html

Editorial: If the pandemic-preparedness cupboard was bare, it was Trump's doing

  •  
    •  

Woe is Donald Trump. The long-suffering, misunderstood president just can’t make the world understand what a raw deal he got. The pandemic was China’s fault. Or was it the World Health Organization’s fault? One thing we know for sure, the lax U.S. response was President Barack Obama’s fault.

“We inherited a broken, terrible system …,” Trump told reporters on April 18. “Our cupboards were bare. We had very little in our stockpile.” That was Trump’s attempt, frequently repeated by the president and recycled in White House presentations, to lay responsibility for the inept pandemic response at Obama’s feet, as if three years in office were insufficient for Trump to repair all the supposed damage his predecessor wrought.

Except it’s a lie of colossal Trumpian proportions.

We’ve taken the time to dissect Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budgets from the year before Obama left office all the way to the present. Trump can lie, but the numbers cannot. Obama left office with an unblemished record of building up the nation’s pandemic preparedness. Trump systematically sought to dismantle it.

Perhaps because of his experience with the 2015 Ebola outbreak, Obama sought to leave his successor fully prepared to confront future pandemics. He asked in his fiscal 2017 budget request to boost federal isolation and quarantine funding by $15 million, to $46.6 million. Congress approved $31.6 million. In Trump’s three years in office, he has not requested a dime more in funding.

 

Obama asked to nearly double his own $40 million outlay for epidemiology and laboratory capacity. Congress balked, but Obama left Trump with that $40 million as a starting point. What did Trump do? In his 2020 budget, he asked Congress to cut that number to: Zero. Zilch. Nothing.

 

Obama’s goal was $629.5 million in funding for pandemic preparedness, though Congress only gave him $612 million. If Trump was so worried about a bare cupboard, why did he ask Congress to cut the 2020 pandemic preparedness budget by $102.9 million? In the 2019 fiscal year budget, he sought a $595.5 million cut in the overall public health preparedness and response outlay.

 

The CDC budget in Obama’s final year mentions “epidemiology” or derivatives of the word 252 times. Under Trump, the word appears 129 times. The phrase “pandemic preparedness” appears exactly once in Trump’s 2020 budget.Interestingly, Trump’s own 2020 budget contains a chart comparing the nation’s public health emergency preparedness before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and where it stood in 2016 (why it stops with Obama’s final year is unclear). Before 9/11, the nation had a 20% ability to mobilize in response to a health emergency, a 5% ability to establish an incident-command system, and 0% storage and distribution capacity for critical medicines and supplies. By Obama’s final year, the nation’s preparedness on all measurements was 98% to 100%. That’s by the Trump administration’s own assessment.

 
 

If the cupboard was bare, it’s because Trump swept it clean.

Another OP-ED piece by the biggest hater in the United States. But what do you do when the MSM tells you to do something, you parrot it. SSDD!!!!!

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11 minutes ago, DannyZuco said:

Another OP-ED piece by the biggest hater in the United States. But what do you do when the MSM tells you to do something, you parrot it. SSDD!!!!!

 

1 hour ago, CarthDawg77 said:

Before 9/11, the nation had a 20% ability to mobilize in response to a health emergency, a 5% ability to establish an incident-command system, and 0% storage and distribution capacity for critical medicines and supplies. By Obama’s final year, the nation’s preparedness on all measurements was 98% to 100%.

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^^I guess he will come up with another article on "the great shape" Obama left the military?

He was so anti American it makes most people sick to their stomach.

#theworstpresidentEVER

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1 hour ago, CarthDawg77 said:

The House was too busy trying to Impeach a duly elected President to give 💩💩’s about ANYTHING ELSE....

someone else always to blame.... SAD

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1 minute ago, JETT said:

someone else always to blame.... SAD

and IRONIC

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1 minute ago, Sportsfanatic1 said:

it makes most people sick to their stomach.

I think you may be using hyperbole there a bit, as MOST people had a favorable view of him, and most, again, a majority, would have loved for him to still be in the White House. He ended with a 59% approval rating. 

 

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1 minute ago, BarryLaverty said:

I think you may be using hyperbole there a bit, as MOST people had a favorable view of him, and most, again, a majority, would have loved for him to still be in the White House. He ended with a 59% approval rating. 

 

LMAO!!!!! You and your favorable polls.

I tell you what, call up Jimmy Carter and GW Bush and ask them if they were glad to see Obama getting elected.

The worst EVER

1- Obama

2- Carter

3- GW Bush

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3 minutes ago, Sportsfanatic1 said:

LMAO!!!!! You and your favorable polls.

I tell you what, call up Jimmy Carter and GW Bush and ask them if they were glad to see Obama getting elected.

The worst EVER

1- Obama

2- Carter

3- GW Bush

What a thoughtful sharing of insight. Thanks. 

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4 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

What a thoughtful sharing of insight. Thanks. 

Well thank you Barry! Made my day.

I all seriousness, I have a very good friend that is as left as it gets. We bicker all the time lol. But at least he doesn't claim to be an "independent" 🙄

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Just now, Sportsfanatic1 said:

Well thank you Barry! Made my day.

I all seriousness, I have a very good friend that is as left as it gets. We bicker all the time lol

There's hope for you, then! 😁

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