Big story today from the LA Times:
Says that Pres. Trump ended a program that could have helped identify the virus early, etc. But, it's hard for me to believe that he did this spontaneously or on his own. He's not the kind of guy who looks at the budget himself, line by line, and figures out where to cut. The questions for me are a) who in the administration at the time recommended to the President that the program be cut and b) who opposed it? Did any Democrats or others in Congress or in the Senate who serve on science and health committees notice and complain?
Trump was elected to "drain the swamp." This is just of another version of Reagan's anti-government stance. From his inaugural address, "Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem. Also this infamous line, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help." This attitude has driven the Republican agenda since and the chickens have come home to roost.
Now off course the current president doesn't have the brains to review the budget and make decisions, but besides his agreement with Reagan's philosophy (and the former Republican party's general agenda) he has one more mission: Destroy everything Obama has done. His sycophants and minions know this and everyday do whatever they can to make the Great Leader happy. Such as take the teeth out of the EPA and FDA.
So I'm not sure what the Democrats could have done and perhaps they didn't really notice this while trying to tamp down the daily horrors that have come out of the WH in the last three and a half years. So it was: science program (science bad) Obama program (Obama bad) a government program that didn't help the 1% (government bad, however not when it serves the rich.)
The chickens have come home to roost indeed.