With the presidential candidates jockeying for position on all the issues, it was inevitable that someone was going to say something about reappropriating funds to finance a pet project or two. Earlier this week at a townhall in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton, the yet to be crowned heir apparent to the Democratic presidential nomination, gave us her solution to funding research to cure Alzheimer’s Disease: treat it like a military asset.
“You know, if we put the money into Alzheimer’s that we otherwise would put into some additional military asset, just think of the lives it would save,” Clinton said, “and the potential that it would, perhaps, create for dealing with tragedies like yours.”
The response was given as part of a discussion with a woman who lost her husband to Alzheimer’s. Having lost several relatives to the disease, this writer can sympathize with the passion of those who seek relief for all those involved. Honestly.
There is nothing wrong with having as a goal the eventual cure of one of the biggest killers in American life. At this writing, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. None of us is going to get out of here alive, so in one way, “curing” Alzheimer’s just puts off the inevitable. In another, caregivers to the people who are victims of this disease go through hell on earth. The patient may look healthy on the outside, but on the inside, the brain is being eaten away, dementia sets in, the patient can be VERY difficult to deal with…it is exhausting. Research into the causes other than genetics of the disease and an eventual slowing down of the process, or stopping it altogether, is not a bad thing.
Financing that research at the expense of national security, or treating a disease like a military asset, on the other hand, is questionable at best.
After eight years of the Obama Regime, to say that the United States military is not exactly at ready levels for a multi-theater war is not an understatement. Reading between the lines of the reporting, it sounds more like the entire command structure has been gutted. Equipment is not being replaced at decent levels. The push for women in combat is reducing the effectiveness of the fighting force whether the people pushing for it want to believe it or not. And Hillary Clinton is running for president hinting at advocating for taking the precious funds needed to defend the nation from real adversaries to fund disease research. Not cash from the Environmental Protection Agency or welfare or the Department of Education, but defense.
And people out there think Hillary is one smart cookie. Um-hmm.