NIH Director Francis Collins said last week that cuts to his agency’s budget prevented researchers from developing a vaccine for Ebola.
The claim by Dr. Collins in an interview with The Huffington Post angered some knowledgeable observers. They pointed to questionable NIH-funded studies and research initiatives over the years: one exploring why lesbians tend to be overweight compared to gay men, another on the sex lives of fruit flies and another looking into the communication skills of chimpanzees that throw their own feces.
Romina Boccia, a Heritage Foundation expert on the federal budget, noted that the government’s own documents show NIH spending hovered around $30 billion from 2010 to 2013. The current request puts spending at the same level.
Over that period, the budget of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the relevant unit within NIH for Ebola, fluctuated between $4.3 billion and $4.8 billion. In his request for fiscal year 2015, President Obama proposed $4.4 billion.
Read the full article at The Daily Signal.
The Freedom Socialist Party has fought to increase the minimum wage to $20 an hour. Any less is obviously exploitation of the proletariat (do they use that word any more?)
This month, however, the Freedom Socialist Party placed an ad on both Indeed.com and Craigslist seeking a part-time web content manager in Seattle. The job pays $13 per hour (or more, maybe, if you are really good).
In 2012, the Freedom Socialist Party’s national platform championed “full employment” — not part-time — and an increase in the minimum wage “to $20 an hour” for all employees in all jobs.
If you are interested in applying for the $13-per-hour web content manager job, it won’t be easy. For starters, you’ll need to be “familiarity with HTML/CSS” and Photoshop. The latter is a graphics editor developed by Adobe Systems, an $18 billion private company. You’ll also need “ability to self-manage and problem-solve independently.” Proficiency in Spanish and social media as well as “an interest in ongoing political events” are desirable. And absolutely no telecommuting!
NOTE TO LIBERALS: This is satire. Carrying a clipboard does not actually make you invulnerable to Ebola.