October 17, 2014 By Greg Campbell
As the world anxiously eyes the Ebola crisis and wonders if it is yet time to panic, Democrats have crusaded to try and not let the crisis go to waste by trying to create a correlation between Republican efforts to rein in unsustainable and out-of-control government spending and the absence of an Ebola vaccine or other prophylactic measures.
In an astonishing new report from The Washington Free Beacon, it seems that our government’s priorities have been out-of-whack for some time. While Ebola loomed, our government spent money that could be used to develop an Ebola vaccine to develop origami condoms and study obese lesbians.
In a tremendous bit of reporting, The Washington Free Beacon details the amazingly-absurd expenditures that took priority over developing a vaccine:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians, origami condoms, texting drunks, and dozens of other projects that could have been scrapped in favor of developing an Ebola vaccine.
“Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” said NIH Director Francis Collins, blaming budget cuts for his agency’s failure to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus.
However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $39,643,352 worth of NIH studies within the past several years that have gone to questionable research.
For instance, the agency has spent $2,873,440 trying to figure out why lesbians are obese, and$466,642 on why fat girls have a tough time getting dates. Another $2,075,611 was spent encouraging old people to join choirs.
Millions have gone to “text message interventions,” including a study where researchers sent texts to drunks at the bar to try to get them to stop drinking. The project received an additional grant this year, for a total of $674,590.
The NIH is also texting older African Americans with HIV ($372,460), HIV and drug users in rural areas ($693,000), HIV smokers ($763,519), pregnant smokers ($380,145), teen moms ($243,839), and meth addicts ($360,113). Text message interventions to try to get obese people to lose weight have cost $2,707,067.
The NIH’s research on obesity has led to spending $2,101,064 on wearable insoles and buttons that can track a person’s weight, and $374,670 to put on fruit and vegetable puppet shows for preschoolers.
A restaurant intervention to develop new children’s menus cost $275,227, and the NIH spent$430,608 for mother-daughter dancing outreach to fight obesity.
Sexual minorities have received a substantial amount from the NIH. The agency has now spent$105,066 following 16 schizophrenic LGBT Canadians around Toronto for a study on their community experiences.
The total for a project on why gay men get syphilis in Peru is now $692,697 after receiving additional $228,425 this year. The NIH is also concerned about postpartum depression in “invisible sexual minority women,” with a study that has cost $718,770.
Millions went to develop “origami condoms,” in male, female, and anal versions. The inventor Danny Resnic, who received $2,466,482 from the NIH, has been accused of massive fraud for using grant money for full-body plastic surgery in Costa Rica and parties at the Playboy mansion.
How transwomen use Facebook is the subject of another NIH study worth $194,788.
The agency has also committed $5 million to “mine and analyze” social media to study American’s attitudes toward drug abuse, and $306,900 to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people.
The NIH has also spent $15,313,372 on cessation studies devoted to every kind of smoker imaginable. Current studies are targeted at American Indians ($2,899,954); Chinese and Vietnamese men ($424,875); postmenopausal women ($4,151,850); the homeless ($558,576);Korean youth ($94,580); young schizophrenics ($397,802); Brazilian women smokers ($955,368);Latino HIV-positive smokers($471,530); and the LGBT community ($2,364,521).
Yale University is studying how to get “Heavy Drinkers” to stop smoking at a cost of $571,799. Other projects seek to use Twitter to provide “social support to smokers” ($659,469), and yoga ($1,763,048) as a way to quit.
An NIH project studying sighs cost taxpayers $53,282.
On Tuesday, Health and Human Services (HHS) had to outsource efforts at an Ebola vaccine to the Baltimore-based Profectus BioSciences Inc. The company will receive $8.6 million to research and test their vaccine, a fraction of NIH funding that went to the above projects.
It’s pretty standard; whenever any crisis occurs, Democrats shrug and say, “If only we had had more money available…”
However, Republican and Tea Party efforts to try and stop the reckless government spending that has condemned our nation’s future to indebtedness has not been rooted in a hatred for all government spending, but rather an urging for prioritization.
For example: spending on stimulus packages to keep a virulent housing market afloat was a bad idea; spending on keeping the auto industry from having to deal with the consequences of four decades of bad business decisions and over-unionization was a bad idea.
Spending on defense to be able to adequately deal with the threat posed by the Muslim world is a good idea. Spending on vouchers to urge school choice and spending to finally secure the border and deport illegals are good ideas, too.
And yes, spending to develop a vaccine for this horrific virus would have been much better than funding any one of the aforementioned absurdities.