WILSON’S H1N1 ATTACK…. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) — you know, the “you lie” heckler — has some interesting thoughts on the public health emergency posed by the H1N1 flu virus. Naturally, he blames President Obama, not for the virus, but for the scarcity of the vaccine.
“The current administration is solely responsible. They can’t blame this on any prior administration,” Wilson said. “This is the responsibility of the current administration. They’ve put the lives of Americans at risk.”
Putting aside the fact that no one has tried to blame Bush/Cheney for a flu virus, Wilson was a little vague as to how the president and his team put American lives at risk. He can’t point to anything in particular — probably because the administration has done everything it could to this point — but Wilson still insists the White House is “solely responsible” for the problem. Just because.
Of course, the criticism does offer Dems an opportunity to take a closer look at Wilson’s record on the same subject.
In a release issued on Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee claimed that any criticism of H1N1 policy by the GOP would amount to hypocrisy.
The DCCC pointed to a June vote on a supplementary appropriations bill as evidence. Wilson joined 95% of Republicans and voted against the bill, which contained special funding to combat H1N1 both domestically and internationally. But the bill also contained other much more money for other plans and programs Republicans at the time viewed as wasteful, including the Cash-For-Clunkers car purchase incentive program.
Still, the DCCC says that a vote against the bill essentially equaled a vote against combating H1N1 and means Republicans who voted against it like Wilson favored a public health program that would have resulted in even less vaccine than is available now.
“The families, schools, and businesses fighting against the H1N1 flu pandemic deserve better than House Republicans’ reckless, knee jerk partisanship and just-say-no approach to helping prepare for this national emergency,” DCCC spokesperson Ryan Rudominer said in a statement released Oct. 27.
Here’s guessing Wilson hadn’t remembered this vote when he decided to describe Obama as “solely responsible” for the problem.