“The President is clearly getting the message that he has a big problem on his hands, even though his reaction isn’t fundamentally different from the way he handles every crisis: ignore it for as long as possible, while his media sycophants crank out fawning articles about ‘no-drama Obama,’ until the howls of outrage from the American people grow so loud that he finally has to hop off his golf cart and get photographed doing something.
“It’s the opposite of his scandal protocol, in which he initially claims to have been completely blindsided by something like the corruption of the IRS, declares he’s more outraged than anybody, vows to get to the bottom of it, maybe pretends to fire someone, and then rolls away in his golf cart while the media gets busy declaring the story over. By the time Obama reaches the ninth hole, the press is saying the whole thing is old news, and wonders why obsessive right-wingers are still asking the sort of questions journalists reserve for Republican administrations. …
“The crisis of managerial liberalism has been decades in the making. Ebola arrives on the heels of the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal, the smaller but still astonishing ball-drop at the Secret Service, the stunning failure of the super-State to deliver anything remotely resembling the economic performance we were promised, and the ObamaCare disaster. The website flame-out alone ended up costing taxpayers a billion dollars more than the already mind-boggling budget allocated for the project. How much Ebola protection could that billion dollars have bought us, if Health and Human Services didn’t blow it on patching up a crappy website?
“HealthCareDotGov spotlighted the corruption and incompetence of managerial liberalism. The Ebola faceplant emphasizes how distracted it is. Bales of cash were squandered on countless absurd sideshows while our health agencies not only failed to address their core missions, but became so top-heavy and politicized that their response to a sudden crisis was sluggish and confused. Stupid drunk on taxpayer cash and flabby with bureaucracy, our health agencies got stuck in the floor when they tried to slide down the fire pole and answer the emergency bells.” —John Hayward, Ebola and the Crisis of Managerial Liberalism
“There have been plenty of movies about deadly viruses running amok. But most involve dark conspiracies, or aliens, or at the very least secret agendas and government corruption. The awful 1995 film ‘Outbreak’ is typical of the genre: Good scientists fight an evil military determined to keep its hands on a biological superweapon at all costs, even if it means killing Americans. (Oh, sorry, spoiler alert.)
“‘Contagion’ broke away from the shackles of the genre. Ross Douthat put it well in an essay for National Review, calling it a ‘pro-establishment thriller.’ Government officials, the scientists, even the military were all competent and determined to do the right thing. It was a fascinating departure from the speak-truth-to-power cinema of the Bush years and even Hollywood’s paranoia in the Clinton years. […] In ‘Contagion,’ the only real villain was a blogger, Alan Krumwiede (played by Jude Law). He refuses to take the government at its word. He disseminates lies for personal gain. He questions the motives of the mainstream media. …
“Given the timing, I think it’s no accident Hollywood produced ‘Contagion.’ After all, Obama was going to restore faith in government. The smart and decent people were in charge. Under a different president, ‘Contagion’ might have been a paranoid delusion, a la Oliver Stone’s ‘JFK,’ and Krumwiede might have been a left-wing hero like Edward Snowden or an I.F. Stone-style crusader. But under Obama, he had to be more like a cartoonish Matt Drudge. […] Under Obama, right-thinking people don’t question power like a Krumwiede. They, like Gwyneth Paltrow, wish the already-powerful ‘all of the power’ they need.” —Jonah Goldberg, Ebola Is Much Less Scary Than Hollywood’s ‘Contagion.’ Or Is It?
“Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where Ebola is epidemic. The problem we face is not just one African who entered our country and then died from Ebola. It’s a national health problem that has made our health care personnel carriers of a fatal African disease endangering Americans who never went to Africa.
“Obama sent thousands of U.S. troops to Liberia, a country stricken with Ebola. He ignores the danger to our American troops and also to other Americans when these servicemen and women return home. The safety of the American people is less important to him than posing as a world citizen.
“Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, told the National Defense University in Washington, DC that, if Ebola comes to Central America, ‘it will cause a panic […] there will be mass migration into the United States.’
“Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control reports that ‘By the end of the year, there will be 14 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying.’
“Why doesn’t Obama impose a travel ban on persons flying here from Ebola-infected countries? It’s not enough to take the temperature of airline travelers and have them fill out a written form because we know that the African who died from Ebola after arrival in the U.S. had lied on his form.
“Mark Krikorian points out that the U.S. has issued 13,000 visas for travel to America from the three most Ebola-infected West African countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Will Obama let those 13,000 people into America?” —Phyllis Schlafly, Stop Disease at the Border
“The government assures us there’s nothing to worry about with Ebola. They’ve got it under control. Unfortunately, everything the government says about this disease keeps being proved untrue — usually within a matter of days.
“They told us that you’d basically have to roll in an infected person’s vomit to catch the disease. Then, nurses at two first-world hospitals in Spain and the U.S. contracted Ebola from patients. With no evidence, the CDC simply announced that the nurses were not following proper protocol. The disease didn’t operate the way CDC said it would, so the hospitals must be lying.
“The government told us that national quarantines won’t work, but then they quarantine everyone with Ebola — or who has been near someone with Ebola, such as an entire NBC crew. To me, this suggests that there’s some value in keeping people who have been near Ebola away from people who have not.
“Quite obviously, the only way to protect Americans is to prevent Ebola from coming here in the first place. The problem isn’t that Ebola will leap across oceans to infect Americans; it’s that Obama doesn’t want to protect Americans.” —Ann Coulter, We’ll Tell You How Dangerous Ebola Is After the Election
“Iraq, Syria, ISIS and now Ebola. Isn’t there anyone in Washington who’s qualified to do anything right?
“The president made fun of ISIS last year when he called them ‘the JV team,’ but it turns out the real JV team is based in DC and he’s the captain.
“I don’t pretend to know the best way to keep the USA safe from Ebola. That’s supposed to be the CDC’s mission. But I do know that the best way for the federal government to deal with this or any problem is to put qualified people in charge of solving it.
“We’ve known for six years that the president isn’t qualified to be where he’s at. We know Susan Rice isn’t qualified to be his national security advisor. And now we’re finding out that Dr. Frieden of the CDC isn’t qualified to take your temperature.” —Michael Reagan, Government Malpractice
“As the American public has begun to grasp the massive ineptitude behind the Obama administration’s response to Ebola, a leftist non-profit, the Agenda Project Action Fund (APAF), has sprung to the rescue. An ad campaign entitled “Republican Cuts Kill” features several prominent Republicans, and implies that budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are responsible for the current Ebola outbreak – all over the world. ‘Like rabid dogs in a butcher shop, Republicans have indiscriminately shredded everything in their path, including critical programs that could have dealt with the Ebola crisis before it reached our country,’ Erica Payne, founder and president of APAF told supporters in an email.
“Unfortunately for the American left, research compiled at the twitter feed of CounterMoonbat illuminates a few of those ‘critical programs’ in which the NIH and CDC involved themselves. They include $325,525 for a study showing wives would be happier if they could calm down faster during marital spats, $386,000 to study rabbit massage, $939,771 on why fruit flies fall in love, and $666,905 to study mood relationships with those who watch Seinfeld reruns. Another $350,000 studied the relationship between golfers and their imagination, $702,000 was spent studying the impact of TV’s and gas generators in Vietnam, $150,000 went to China to learn more about acupuncture, and $423,000 was used to determine why men don’t like to wear condoms.
That’s the small stuff. The NIH has a whopping $90 million to fund various health projects in China, including $17 million to learn whether 420 prostitutes and 241 of their clients were willing to use microbicides during sexual activity to combat sexually transmitted diseases.” —Arnold Ahlert, The GOP Caused the Ebola Outbreak?
“The Ebola crisis in the United States has become an anchor threatening to sink the Obama presidency.
“Already under fire from critics who saw the federal response to the outbreak as disorganized and timid, things went from bad to worse on Wednesday, when it was revealed a second nurse had contracted the disease while treating a Liberian man at a Dallas-area hospital.
“More alarmingly, the diagnosis was made just hours after the nurse, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, had flown from Cleveland to Dallas on a commercial airliner, despite reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that she had a fever.
“That Vinson was allowed to travel at all — along with continued questions about why federal procedures for Ebola treatment appear not to have been implemented in Dallas — have prompted serious questions about the administration’s handling of the disease less than three weeks before the midterm elections. Democrats are expected to lose significant ground in those contests, in no small part due to public dissatisfaction with Obama and resilient questions about the president’s competency.” —Justin Sink, President Obama’s Ebola Problem
For further enlightenment:
Protocol Theater, by Mark Steyn
The Centers for Everything But Disease Control, by Michelle Malkin
Ebola vs. Civil Liberties, by Charles Krauthammer
The Ebola Twilight of Public Institutions (Wall Street Journal Editorial)
Glenn Beck Uses Spaghetti to Demonstrate How Quickly Ebola Can Spread (video at link; do not attempt to eat or drink anything while watching this one)
Bill Whittle: Fear of Ebola (video)