The Zika virus. Yeah. President Obama has asked Congress for $1.9 billion to combat the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. And your friends in the Tea Party Congress say we can't afford it. Because THE DEBT. And because we spent some money last year preventing another dread disease. Ebola. Which, in case you missed it, didn't become a worldwide pandemic. Because the US and other governments spent some money, and dispatched some public health professionals to Africa. Its all but inevitable that there will be cases of Zika in the United States this year. And there shouldn't be. Because its been proven, repeatedly, in the history of modern epidemiology, that inspect-spread diseases can be stopped, and eradicated, via a comprehensive public-health program. Controlling insect-borne diseases, and public-health programs in general, don't really have a "free market" analog. You need to have trained professionals go out into the community; and get people to cooperate with them. Clean up areas on their property (discarded tires, etc.) that are breeding grounds for insects. But we can't afford it. And asking people to clean up their property violates their freedom. Adding to the mix is the profound and widespread scientific ignorance thats a by-product of the Conservative ideology. One tool that has been proven to be amazingly effective has been the release of genetically modified mosquitos. (Short version: The GM mosquitos are all male, and their offspring are sterile. In a single breeding cycle, the population collapses.) No need to spray huge areas with pesticides. No contamination of ground water. No damage to wildlife or agriculture. But, right now, in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, there is opposition to the the release of GM mosquitos, because people have seen the movie Jurassic Park. They think that genetic modification is going to result in "Super Mosquitos" that are going to come and carry away their children. So: Later this year, tens of millions of Americans are going to be living in panic. There will be calls for quarantines. Tens, probably hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private money will be squandered in a nationwide panic that could have been avoided. Its all but inevitable that there will be babies born in the USA in 2017 with horrific brain defects. Courtesy of your family-friendly, fiscally Conservative Republican Congressman.