• Are Trey Gowdy and Jim Jordan the Only Real Lawmakers Around?

    Perhaps what Washington really needs is more former prosecutors

    When it comes to government incompetence and waste, you can always count on Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) of the House Oversight Committee to get to the bottom of it…or at least to ask the questions that no one else seems to want to ask.

    Among those questions are the ones raised by Gowdy in the clip above over so-called “Ebola Czar” Ron Klain, who is clearly a political appointment on the part of President Obama. Rather than pick someone with an actual medical degree to tackle the biggest health crisis we’ve faced in years, Obama decided to use the public calls for a “czar” as an excuse to usher Klain into the White House. He’s widely expected to be the guy appointed to replace John Podesta, once he leaves to start working on Hillary Clinton’s inevitable 2016 presidential campaign. But politics aside, what on earth qualifies The Klainster to be the main “go-to-guy” on Ebola?

    Why in the hell did the president pick a lawyer to be the Ebola Czar and not you?” asked Gowdy of Dr. Nicole Lurie, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). He then proceeded to rattle off a list of all of the qualifications that Mr. Klain DOESN’T have.

    A great question indeed…and not an answer in sight. As Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) pointed out during the opening of the hearing, it was rather disappointing that in his first week on the job, Klain had already declined to testify before the committee.

    Meanwhile, Jim Jordan had some questions of his own regarding the real reasons why we can’t seem to afford the Ebola vaccines that we need right now:

    Are you familiar with the story that says 39 million dollars worth of NIH funding that could have gone to an Ebola vaccine? Are you familiar with that story?” the congressman asked.

    Why, in fact, did we spend so much money on, for example, $374,000 dollars to host fruit and vegetable puppet shows for preschoolers, when, in fact, some of this money could have been used to help with treatment for something like Ebola and potentially a vaccine?

    Jordan also pointed out that $275,000 of NIH money was spent on a “restaurant intervention to develop new children’s menus,” and 2 million bucks were spent on “encouraging the elderly to join choirs,” among other outrageous grant programs.

    That’s right; America is spending money on Muppets and music instead of vaccines. Excellent.

    Meanwhile, the World Health Organization announced today that “millions” of Ebola vaccine doses will indeed become available…

    …by 2015.

    Let’s hope we’re not all dead by then.

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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