Barbra Streisand on HuffPost: GOP Budget Cuts Stopped Ebola Vaccine

October 15th, 2014 9:32 AM

Barbra Streisand has a new album out of her old hits as duets, called "Partners." She didn't drag out her classic Democratic Party version of "The Way We Were." But her rabid partisanship is getting the better of her on The Huffington Post, dragging out the silly canard that "Republican budget cuts" stopped an Ebola vaccine. She was pleading with women to turn out and vote for liberals, since they're so much smarter than men.

Remember, it only takes a few votes to make all the difference. In the presidential election of 2000, 104 million people voted and only 537 votes in Florida triggered events that changed the world. Would we have become involved in the unnecessary war in Iraq if Al Gore became President? Would America be falling so far behind on tackling climate change?

....But this is far from my only area of concern. By the way, if not for Republicans austere budget cuts, the NIH could have possibly had an Ebola vaccine by now. Unbelievably, I never thought we’d see the day when contraception was once again controversial, but this is what is happening. We are still fighting to have control of our own bodies! The right-wing is pushing these so-called "personhood" initiatives and bills in Congress and the states, which take away rights from women and give full legal rights to a fertilized egg!

Barbra, a passionate fan of Bill Clinton, even speaks out against domestic violence...but did she ask Bill about Juanita Broaddrick: "At a time when domestic violence is on the front pages, it took Congress a full year and a half to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. 160 Republicans voted against it! Women make up 51% of the country, but only 19% of Congress. We need more representation!"