Trump Guarantees Ebola Outbreak in the US – No, It’s Not the Onion.

February 02, 2018 By: El Jefe Category: Trump

Yesterday, the Trump administration announced that it would like to guarantee an Ebola outbreak in the US this year.  As we all know, Ebola is a highly contagious and deadly disease.  During the last African outbreak, the US lead the way with other OECD countries to fund prevention, treatment, and screening at the source to protect our own shores.  We only had one actual case of Ebola and a couple of American doctors treated here who had contracted the disease in Africa.

Welp, ol’ Trumpie thinks all that disease prevention stuff is a waste of money, and to make it easier for Ebola to reach our shores next time, he’s just slashed 80 PERCENT of disease outbreak prevention spending from the CDC’s budget.  Isn’t that just a fine idea?  Yeah, I think the same thing.


Trump Appointee Abruptly Resigns Due to “Complex Financial Interests”

January 31, 2018 By: El Jefe Category: Trump

Brenda Fitzgerald, Trump appointee to head the Center for Disease Control has abruptly resigned.  In the announcement, the administration cited her reason as “complex financial interests”.  OK, let’s translate that into English…Fitzgerald owns tobacco company stocks and other investments that conflict her with the mission of the CDC.  As we all know, fighting tobacco use and its associated diseases is one of the CDC’s flagship missions.  And, it gets better…Because of her investments, she has conflicted herself out of testifying before Congress.  Interesting strategy – “I’m so conflicted in my job that I can’t testify as to what I’m doing in my job.”  Anyhoo, she finally caved and has resigned rather than divest as required.  What better person to fight tobacco use than someone invested in tobacco, right?

Here’s the good part.  She bought the tobacco company stock…wait for it…AFTER she was appointed head of CDC and had toured the agency’s tobacco research lab.  That’s rich.