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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Obama Fails to Protect Us

Of all the examples of incompetence and failure to protect Americans that the Obama Administration has displayed, its failure to keep Ebola out of our country may be the worst. Obama’s number-one job is to keep dangers from coming into America, and he has flunked the test. Ebola is a particularly horrible disease. Infected patients face a death rate of 25 to 90 percent.

Long ago, our country designated Ellis Island in New York harbor as a place where people could be held until we decided whether or not to let them in. Disease is one of the major reasons why, over the years, thousands of people have been denied entry and returned to wherever they came from. Anyone suspected of having been exposed to Ebola, or who comes from a country where Ebola is a problem, should be denied entry. But Obama’s priority is apparently not protecting the safety of Americans. Remember, his proclaimed goal is the fundamental transformation of the United States to make us more like other countries. In 2010, the Obama Administration scrapped regulations that might have prevented Ebola from entering the U.S.

The response of Obama’s Director of the Centers for Disease Control shows what’s wrong with the current administration. Director Tom Frieden said the only way to eliminate Americans’ risk to Ebola is to stop the virus “at the source” in Africa. No, that’s not the only way. The best, surest and cheapest way is to make sure that visitors from Ebola-infected countries do not step off a plane in the United States. It would be very costly, both in dollars and American lives, to try to eradicate diseases in distant areas of the world hostile to the United States, and that is not Obama’s job. His job is to protect Americans and he should keep Ebola out of the U.S.

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