For John, BLUF: The Federal problem isn't so much total spending, but how it is allocated. Nothing to see here; just move along.
In this Day by Day cartoon (Chris Muir drawing) we see Damon and Jan discussing the accusation out there that the reason we are behind the power curve♠ on Ebola is because the Republicans wouldn't provide the money the CDC needed.
This is one where I actually don't blame the President per se, but the many administrative units below him, each pursuing agendas that they have devised, in their belief that they have found the important points in need of study.♥
It is up to the members of the various Congressional Committees and sub-committees (and the ≈2,500 unelected staffers assigned to support such committees) to keep an eye on this.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Leading to the infamous "Sabre Dance". Film Here.
♥ Yes, they do attempt to align with what they see as the current Administration's priorities, so as not to draw undue attention, or because of partisan alignment. They are not dumb.