You'll recall Rove used to be called "Bush' Brain," but in this case, he was not quite a seer when it came to this article, as the current swine flu outbreak seems to show. In an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, Rove brought up the following as wasteful spending:
$2 billion for the National Institutes of Health, $462 million for the Centers for Disease Control, and $900 million for pandemic flu preparations.That $900 million was dropped, but mostly because legislators want to see it as part of the budget, not the stimulus. It should also be noted that pandemic preparedness was actually brought up by Bush, as well.
It's been clear to many, in the wake of scares over SARS and avian flu, that the potential for a global pandemic is high. The way we travel today makes transmission across the planet far easier. Mocking such expeditures essentially places U.S. citizens at risk.
It's also frightening to wonder what will happen if the swine flu spreads further across Mexico. How will the populace react? Will they try to flee to the U.S.? And if so, with border security and illegal immigration already a big issue, how will the U.S. respond?