Heres a photograph of Governor Christie trying to come up with one good reason why children should be forced to travel in car seats. (Just kidding; he believes in auto safety laws. I think. On second thought, who knows?)
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  • Here's a photograph of Governor Christie trying to come up with one good reason why children should be forced to travel in car seats. (Just kidding; he believes in auto safety laws. I think. On second thought, who knows?)

President Obama's been busy lately. The splashiest event, of course, is the unveiling of his $4 trillion budget. (You can read a basic explainer about what's in the budget at the Washington Post.) In the budget, Obama is also proposing a tax on foreign profits to help fix our infrastructure, which is decaying at an alarming rate. Republicans, of course, hate this idea, because Republicans love American corporations dumping money into foreign countries, and they also want our infrastructure to crumble into dust. But that's not all Obama has done over the past few days. He also gave an interview with NBC urging parents to get their kids vaccinated.

"There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not," Obama said, calling "the science" behind vaccinations "indisputable." Obama is responding to a measles outbreak and a New York Times story packed with damning quotes from anti-vaccination parents including:

“Do you want to wake up one morning and the light is gone from her eyes with autism or something?”

and

“Vaccines don’t feel right for me and my family.”

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So of course we expect the president of the United States to come out strong for vaccination. The president is supposed to be concerned with the welfare of the nation, right? And shouldn't that apply to people who want to be president, too?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that parents should have a “measure of choice” in whether their children are vaccinated — remarks that appeared to break with President Barack Obama and public health officials worried about a measles outbreak.

Christie's statement was quickly walked back by one of his spokespeople, who said Christie "believes vaccines are an important public health protection and with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated." But the damage has already been done. What the fuck was Christie thinking? Was he trying to be a small-government Republican? (For that matter, what do Rand Paul and Ted Cruz think about vaccinations? I'm genuinely curious.) But isn't that a hypocritical move for Christie, who tried to forcibly quarantine a woman who tested negative for Ebola last fall? How does he draw the line between Ebola—which has killed nearly 9,000 people—and measles, which killed more than 145,000 people, mostly children, in 2013? If Republicans can't even force themselves to agree with Obama on vaccinations, we're totally fucked.