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Pandemic response critics trumped by facts

By Dr. Robert Owens
web posted June 15, 2020

In the waning days of 2019 before the onset of the Social Security Flu, according to two separate studies the United States was ranked the nation best-prepared to deal with a pandemic.  Refuting the outlandish and false claims of the Democrats, Fox News reported both the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS) based on  Global Health Security Index found that out of all the countries on this planet, America led by the Trump administration, was more prepared to deal with an international pandemic than any other. 

Fox News added this description of the Global Health Security Index, "It was developed with guidance from an international panel of experts from 13 countries, with research by the Economist Intelligence Unit from 2018 to 2019.”  And as reported ln 2019 by the Washington Post, the Global Health Security Index was compiled by a large group of experts stating, "More than 100 researchers spent a year collecting and validating publicly available data.” 

John Auerbach, president of the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health, an organization that works with the government to improve the nation’s response to health crises stated, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s response has been excellent, as it has been in the past.”  

Mr. Auerbach then added, “The CDC’s top scientific ranks have remained stable during the past three years.”  This is another instance of the facts presenting the exact opposite of numerous charges amplified by the Democrats who identify as journalists that the nation’s public health leadership was removed by the Trump Administration. 

Nancy Pelosi and others in the Democrat leadership have also broadcast through their media megaphone that President Trump drastically cut the CDC budget.  In fact this was the usual smoke and mirrors Democrats use to set the stage for their repetitive and spurious claims that Republicans are plotting to through Grandma over the cliff, starve children, and in general kill anyone they can.  First, they make outlandish proposals for budget increases they know will never pass.  Then, when a more reasonable amount is mutually agreed upon they point the finger and scream, “The Republicans have slashed the budget!” which is dutifully repeated over and over in the echo chamber of the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media.  According to the facts, the budget for the CDC and other health organizations and agencies has increased under President Trump. 

Some public health experts contend the real area for concern is a steady decline of a CDC grant programs for public health emergency preparedness awarded to state and local governments.  Once again returning to those inconvenient facts Fox News reported these reductions in America’s efforts to detect and combat new disease began because of a congressional budget measure, a measure from before Trump entered the White House.  In other words, despite the flatulence that passes for headlines it was the Obama administration that cut these funds. 

And now for something completely different that’s just the same, the Biden campaign repeatedly accuses President Trump of referring to coronavirus as a "hoax."  This scurrilous charge has been proven false by numerous fact-checkers, including by the left-leaning Washington Post.  In point of fact it has been shown that President Trump was instead referring to Democrats' continued efforts to blame him for the pandemic.  He was not referring to the virus itself. ESR

Dr. Robert Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 




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