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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola In America: Day 14 | Democrats: "It's The Republican's Fault

by Gary Bauer: Ebola In America: Day 14 - There is dismay at the disappointing news in Dallas that a nurse who treated Thomas Duncan has contracted the deadly Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control's initial reaction was to blame the nurse for a "breach of protocol." But the breach has yet to be identified and how the nurse became infected remains a mystery.

Needless to say, there is growing concern for the other health workers who helped to treat Mr. Duncan. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said, "We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection control, because even a single infection is unacceptable." Dr. Frieden added, "We're concerned, and unfortunately would not be surprised if we did see additional [Ebola] cases in healthcare workers." And this is coming from the very folks who repeatedly assured us that everything was under control.

Adding to the confusion, and the lack of confidence in the government's efforts, is the fact that the CDC doesn't know exactly how many hospital workers were treating Thomas Duncan. The Associated Press suggests it could be as many as 70 people.

Unfortunately, the nurse's unexplained infection is raising disturbing concerns, including the possibility that the virus may somehow spread through droplets in the air. That still seems unlikely, but the CDC's credibility is dropping by the day.

How Nigeria Succeeded - When news of Thomas Duncan's Ebola infection broke, priority number one for the Obama Administration was to reassure the public. But Ebola seemed to be such a low priority at the White House that it was nearly a week before Obama told the American people that his administration would be "working on protocols to do additional passenger screening" at airports. It took several days for the geniuses at the White House to come up with that?

When news of the second infection broke, Mr. Obama was -- of course -- on the golf course for his 200th round.

Out of curiosity, I re-read press accounts of how Nigeria responded after its first confirmed Ebola case this year. According to USA Today, Nigeria succeeded in stopping Ebola from spreading because, "The government immediately imposed strict measures to quarantine those who were ill and to screen thousands of their contacts. . ." Nigeria also imposed flight restrictions on "Ebola-infected countries," something the Obama Administration isn't even considering.

Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, suggested Sunday that the U.S. should consider "temporarily suspending the 13,000 visas" currently held by individuals in the most afflicted countries. Such a proposal would be widely popular with the American people -- and it is the right thing to do.

A new ABC News / Washington Post poll finds that nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about an Ebola outbreak in this country and only 33% believe the Obama Administration is doing enough to prevent it. When asked whether they would support "restricting entry to the United States by people who've been in affected countries," 67% of those surveyed said "Yes."

Editorial Cartoon by AF "Tony" Branco
Democrats Blame Republicans - Democrats are now running ads blaming Republicans for the Ebola outbreak in Dallas. The ad, entitled "Republican Cuts Kill," blames budget cuts at the CDC for Ebola. The ad will begin airing in Kentucky and will run in at least three other states. Not surprisingly, the ad was produced by the same group that created a spot depicting Rep. Paul Ryan pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair off a cliff.

Democrats know they are vulnerable on the issue and they are doing what they usually do when in trouble -- attacking conservatives.

The charge that budget cuts are responsible for the Ebola outbreak is, of course, ludicrous. It was also predictable. And at least one Republican Senate candidate was prepared to respond to it.

During a debate last night, Democrat Senator Mark Warner of Virginia suggested that sequestration budgets cuts prevented the CDC from creating an Ebola vaccine. His GOP challenger, Ed Gillespie, shot back, noting that Senator Warner voted for the sequestration cuts. Gillespie also said, "It's time to impose a flight ban . . . that's what this administration should do."

Responding to the Ebola ad this morning, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said, "They're walking this dangerous path. . . if you look at the president's record on anything from ISIS to the Secret Service to the CDC to Syria to the border . . . every single thing the administration . . . touches, it's not turning to gold, I can tell you that. It's turning into something else."

Priebus is right. Republicans could have a field day talking about the myriad ways in which Democrats have politicized health care. As we have pointed out before, it was Obama who cancelled quarantine regulations drafted by the Bush Administration.

Meanwhile, the government seems to have plenty of money for politically correct studies including one examining why lesbians are obese. After the Sandy Hook shootings, you may recall that Barack Obama ordered the CDC to conduct a study on gun violence as if it were some sort of disease. (The results were not what he had hoped for.)

The government also spent your tax dollars studying the health risks of dating a Mexican prostitute. Nearly $900,000 was spent on a cost/benefit analysis of snail sex. (Did they interview the snails?)

Budget cuts aren't the problem. It's left-wing bureaucrats with blank checks we need to be worried about.
Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families

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