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Sunday, October 19, 2014 ISSUE #810

President seething over Ebola

      The New York Times reported that the President’s staff told them he is really upset about the poor response to Ebola. In fact he’s seething, absolutely seething, at the incompetence of the CDC. How mad was he? He was so mad that ten minutes after yelling at his staff he went out and drove a golf ball 450 yards. Alas, it went far left.

            We may be overreacting to the Ebola crisis. Yes, you can get it from direct contact with “bodily fluids” of a person with Ebola symptoms. But the family that spent days with the man who died apparently has been cleared. None of them got sick.

       But why are we allowing a thousand people a week to fly here from the three countries in West Africa with Ebola? A temporary travel ban will have no effect on how quickly those countries get the crisis under control. We’ll still send in medical experts and millions of dollars to help out. A million dollars spent there on Ebola will be way more effective than spending it here. There are thousands of people in those countries who have survived Ebola. And they can freely work with patients because, like chickenpox, once you get it you are immune from getting it again.

       I have heard experts saying that our hospitals and treatment centers are way better equipped to treat patients than those in Africa. So what?  One man lied to get into the U.S. with Ebola, two of his nurses get infected, and that one incident has cost us Millions! One of those nurses was foolishly allowed to fly home to Cleveland to help pick out dresses for a wedding. As a result of that trip, two Frontier Airlines planes were removed from service and cleaned. Airline passengers and 150 people the nurse was with in Ohio are being tracked. Add in all the others connected with the hospital in Dallas and the CDC is tracking almost as many people as the NSA.

        Does the CDC and the Obama Administration think that if we “accept” a few more Ebola patients that it will reduce the thousands of Africans who die from it?

            The price of gasoline dropped below $3.00. That’s good news to most of us, but it might be an indicator of bad news to follow. Europe is slowly slipping into a recession and that could end up hurting our economy. Enjoy it while it lasts; you can drive to Grandma’s house for the holidays and spend the money you save on more presents.                        

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