October 2, 2014, - 5:23 pm

MUST READ: Obama’s America Deliberately Glib, Naively “Optimistic” on Ebola

By Debbie Schlussel

Obama and the rest of our LINOs (Leaders In Name Only) are wildly, recklessly “positive” and glib on the potential for destruction by Ebola in America.

While I don’t agree with this guy that America doesn’t spend enough on public health (we spend way too much and it’s wasted) or that we need to send more money and troops to Africa (no, we need to spend more energy and deliberate action on tightening our borders and slowing immigration–but we’ll never do either), everything else in this excellent op-ed in today’s USA Today by David J. Dausey is SPOT ON regarding Ebola and other similar disease. “Think positive” is NOT a solution and won’t keep us safe. Dausey is dean of the School of Health Professions and Public Health at Mercyhurst University. Much of this won’t be new to those of us paying attention, including the facts about mutation, etc. (Ebola may have already mutated on U.S. soil. We’ll never know until it is too late.) But this is a cogent, comprehensive, and concise statement of the incompetence of the Obamaniks on this problem. The headline of this piece in the print editions of the paper was better: “Naive Optimism Won’t Protect You From Ebola: Politicians Downplay the Real Risks.”

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Even after the arrival of Ebola in Texas, the national dialogue in the United States remains naive, overly optimistic and full of misleading assurances from elected officials and public health experts. What the public needs to know and understand is this: Ebola is a deadly virus and like all viruses it can and will mutate and change.

Right now the disease only spreads from person to person by bodily fluids but there is a possibility that could change and the disease could become airborne. If it does, we could face a public health challenge like we haven’t seen in this country since smallpox or polio. Worse yet: even if Ebola doesn’t mutate, there is a good chance that some other novel infectious disease that we know about now (or will find out about in the future) will cause a pandemic and result in a significant loss of life. The public needs to be cognizant of these real and present dangers to calibrate their expectations about the limited capabilities of our health care and public health systems and to increase our community resilience to deal with these threats.







We currently have an overconfident view about the capabilities of our health care and public health systems in this country. This overconfidence comes in part due to willful ignorance and in part due to leaders who want the public to believe they’ve got things more under control than they actually do. . . . There is no other way to slice it — our public health system is not ready to deal with a challenge like Ebola if the situation takes a turn for the worse.

Americans also have an overconfident view of our health care system as a whole. The reality is that the surge capacity of our existing health care system is limited and any large-scale disease outbreak could overwhelm that system. While we have plans to use portable pop-up hospital tents and beds to expand surge capacity, we haven’t yet figured out how to create pop-up nurses and doctors to staff them. In addition, infection control in our hospitals is a concern. The SARS outbreak demonstrated just how hard it is to prevent the spread of some infectious diseases and how easy it can be for those diseases to spread in hospitals despite our best efforts to contain them.

The most significant panacea that gets waved before the public is a miracle vaccine. Given our success with vaccines in Western countries, the public assumes that vaccines can be developed and administered quickly. This is a naive belief that doesn’t match with the facts. It could take a year or more to develop a vaccine for a novel infectious disease that could be ready for widespread use. In the interim, a disease would have free reign to spread through the population with a limited number of non-pharmacological interventions to stop it.

Our leaders seem to be so concerned about avoiding panic that they are willing to give the public any type of assurance to placate them. We were initially told that the current Ebola outbreak would be contained and wouldn’t be that large. Now we are being told that estimates put the number that could get the disease at more than a million.

I know “The Walking Dead” is a fantasy horror TV show and the comparison to the show may be overstating it. But maybe not . . . at least in terms of the amount of death and the degree of power in the contagion. It will spread quickly if it is not kept under control.

And since we don’t exercise any sort of control at the borders–which is how Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian illegal alien with Ebola, got to Dallas–we can expect Ebola to spread and kill many Americans. And, like Mr. Dausey says, if not Ebola, then something else.

As I said yesterday, the incompetence at the U.S. Secret Service is not limited to a single law enforcement agency in the federal government. It’s an attitude pervasive throughout America–that we are invincible, that there is really no threat to us from outsiders who’ve made it inside, so we might as well do nothing and just let them in . . . whether that’s intruders at the White House or illegal aliens coming into our borders. “Don’t judge” and other similar BS that is fatal to our survival and even our very existence.

Heck, if I were Al-Qaeda or ISIS (which is really Al-Qaeda and was formerly AQI–Al-Qaeda in Iraq), I’d send a whole bunch of Al-Qaeda jihadists with American passports back to the homeland, once I injected ’em with the stuff. Then, I’d tell ’em to practice their future acts with the 72 Helen Thomases on live infidel and infidelette Americans.

He may be in a watery grave, but the ghost of Bin Laden is having the last laugh.

We don’t just have “The Walking Dead” Prez. We have “The Walking Dead” populace that elected him and is too busy Keeping Up with the Kardashians and gushing over Clooney’s wedding to a Jew-hater.

Good luck, America. But luck won’t save you.

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kirche61 on October 2, 2014 at 5:43 pm

i think obamboozle and co wanted to bring it here… what better crisis to manipulate and control everyone. suspend elections for years. martial law when and where needed. punish one of the most conservative and booming states who’s governor defies obama by launching ebola there. it’s sick and evil and the left hates the so-called over population here and i’m sure in their delusional minds they can manipulate this gruesome pandemic to their purposes.

kirche61 on October 2, 2014 at 5:47 pm

When I was young, I read Stephen King’s masterpiece “The Stand” about an America ravaged by a pandemic called Captain Trips.

Back then that was science fiction. Now its a reality. If Ebola does become a pandemic, there is probably little we could do to keep millions of people from dying.

Our survival strategy appears to be to cross our fingers and hope for the best. We’re not really prepared to face a true catastrophe and 9/11 wasn’t a real test of our capacity to respond to one.

Everything you’ve written here is true and more. It presents an alarming picture of a country whistling past a graveyard. Pray for America.

NormanF on October 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Quite right, Norman!

    I read that book too. I re-read it a few years ago. I didn’t enjoy it as much as when I was young but it still was a good book. (I was able as an adult to see the weakness in some of King’s writing style. When he’s good, he’s great but I digress…).

    I was a big thrash-metal fan in the late 80s (still am…). I loved “Anthrax” and they put out an LP “Among The Living” with the weird preacher from “The Stand” on the cover. I think the title track was had lyrics that said…

    “Disease/Disease/Spreading The Disease/And With The Help Of Cap’n Trips/He’ll Bring The World Down To Its Knees”.

    Indeed!

    9Skunky on October 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I wonder how many people at the CDC are affirmative action hires. We’ll probably never know. We know that HHS is full of them.

Little Al on October 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

This is wonderful. It is hard to see anything good, no matter which direction you may look. Our political class has allowed in a potential plague. As Debbie has noted, if it is not Ebola, it will be something else.

Worry on October 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm

And though it is not politically correct, it is common sense that to the extent we have options in jobs, education, transportation, recreation, etc., we should try to minimize our contact with population groups more likely to carry such diseases.

Little Al on October 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm

The Devil may be laughing but Bin Laden isn’t because it’s as hot down there as it was up in those towers in New York.

japple on October 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

The Spanish flu was only 100 years ago. It killed 50 to 100 million people. http://history1900s.about.com/od/1910s/p/spanishflu.htm
Why do we think that we are immune from such things and not take precautions?
I know the answer. Obama wants plenty of new Democrat voters and new immigrants overwhelmingly vote Democrat. So if 10 or 20 million Americans die Obama feels it was worth the cost in order to ensure a Democrat majority.

Steve G. on October 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm

This man is Glib regardless what the issue is. Glib glib glib. His whole presidency is Glib. Congress Glib. The Border glib. Iraq Glib. Legacy about being the First-Glib. Secret Service breech Glib. Islam Glib. He’s not Glib about his final four bracket, there’s passion behind that. Pure passion. Gtfoh

MrBigBrain on October 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    No THAT was a pugent formulation, Big D.

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Goji Max on October 3, 2014 at 12:54 am

Ebola can live on surfaces outside the human body for several days. The CDC likes to say it can only be spread by contact with bodily fluids – like sneezing into your hand then touching a handrail perhaps? Obama has been intentionally lax in stopping the spread of this disease because I don’t think he understands what a fast-moving pandemic will be like. 2 months ago Britain and France stopped flights in and out of Liberia. The CDC used to have the authority to do so – is Obama overruling them? No doubt he’d like to reduce the Republican population in Dallas, but it will be everywhere in no time at all. Did anyone see the janitor cleaning up the Ebola vomit from the Dallas victim with a pressure washer? Yes, let’s just scatter those Ebola germs all around. Does it survive in the sewer system and will it spread that way in Dallas? Today the Red Cross delivered food to the quarantined people with no gloves, masks, nothing. Should have been the Dept of HHS and should have been in a freaking HAZMAT suit. What a bunch of idiots we have running things.

LRL on October 3, 2014 at 1:14 am

Deb:

What do you recommend?

I have heard there is an Israeli vaccine that is currently undergoing EPA approval and may be ready by November. However, it takes some time for the vaccine to be absorbed by the human body and be effective. Can you confirm whether this is all accurate?

Have an easy fast,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

There is NO Santa Claus on October 3, 2014 at 8:28 am

COMPLETELY OT: SARAH SILVERMAN TO HOST SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE…ON YOM KIPPUR

Sarah Silverman’s sister is a rabbi. Silverman is hosting Saturday Night Live tomorrow. Tomorrow is Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish day of the year. While the show starts at 11:30 p.m. and Yom Kippur ends at sundown, they rehearse the whole show before that and they’re constantly rehearsing the whole day (which is also the Jewish Sabbath).

Maybe she’ll make fun of Jews, as she always does. Is Sarah Silverman ever funny, or is she just obnoxious?

I watched the premiere of SNL’s 40th season last week, and it was one of the worst shows ever. Nothing was funny. The new black comedian (Michael Che) is no Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock and looked stiff. The sketches went nowhere and had awkward endings. After pointing out that Obama had low ratings, they actually gave him a pep talk! There was no mention that he had just started a war without Congressional approval. No jokes there, I guess.

Maybe it’s finally time to end the show.

Barry Popik on October 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

Testing post. Obama sucks.

Ken b on October 3, 2014 at 9:35 am

I’m guessing the infected Liberian’s “family” in Texas and most of their neighbors are illegals. How many people will have to die before citizens pull their heads out of their posteriors.

JustMe on October 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

Ever watch 28 Days Later…?

Rg on October 3, 2014 at 11:15 am

Timing: October Surprise. America is only Nation with ebola loose inside its borders other then the African continent. 2014 Mid Term elections in a month. Democrats stand to lose control of House and Senate and consequentially, impeach and remove Obama, try him for Treason.

You bet there’s an October Surprise underway. Plague = suspended elections.

jack on October 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I didn’t read anywhere else that he was an illegal alien. Is that for sure? If so, how did he get here without a visa? Stole one? Bribed a consul?

margaret on October 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Obama-Putin is deliberately glib about all that effer lies about. A brain-dead USA voted for him TWICE. I’ve become glib about the damage he has done and the wreckage he has wrought because it was obvious to the few paying attention from the get-go. But many chose not to believe cold, hard FACTS.

Don’t get me wrong, I am very alarmed about the outrageous take-down of USA but at this point I’m like John Malkovich near the end of “Dangerous Liasions”…”It’s beyond my control.”

And of course DS has her brain right on the pulse of this atrocity. Anyone who believes Obama-Putin and his Empire, you’re a f***ing retard. I hope all those who love Obama-Putin get Ebola. I don’t have any patience or sympathy left for retarded stupidity anymore. (Remember in “Alien” when Sigourney Weaver didn’t want to let the infected back on the craft? She was right! And only she survived!)

That guy came here on PURPOSE! He wanted to save his own life. Be damned anyone else. It pisses me off even though on a very wee level I can understand his plan. You don’t take down many to save your own skin. It’s immoral and selfish.

From the get-go I haven’t thought ANY Ebola sufferers should have been brought back here. Of course I feel sorry for them but as I stated above, you can’t sacrifice many for your own hide.

We are the land of the stupid. And it lets all the evil, greedy and selfish figuratively rape this nation ’til it’s nothing. It’s disgusting.

If you haven’t figured out by now that humans are very evil beings you had better take a good look around. When you meet a truly good sort, you’re seeing the exception and NOT the rule.

People ruin EVERYTHING!

8Skunky on October 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Of course a majority of voters are morons for voting in Barky. But there is a key problem regarding illegals (and Islam): these issues are not “partisan,” meaning that there is no party difference (“partisan cleavage”) about them.

This is deliberate. Each party’s elites gaining from the agreement not to make these issues “political.” That’s why the average Joe is very limited in what he can do, as parties are the main vehicle for change.

We need to make life a hell for “Republicans” who are bad on immigration and Islam. If we make this partisan, there are plenty of Democratic voters who will vote Republican. Nowadays, elite institutions (e.g., universities and the media) cover for party elites. We need to go after them as well.

P.S.: Note that Debbie actually does all of this.

skzion on October 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm

As soon as the ebola thing hit I envisaged it being used by islamniks, has played right into their hands in changing the face of the world. Originated in Africa by who…nah that’s a ‘conspiracy theory’…would never happen? Say I from the Great Land Down Under (well at this time). Just been announced on our news that islamic groups are planning demonstrations against Australia’s involvement in Iraq. Why am I not surprised! Keep up the good work Debbie!

NightHunter on October 4, 2014 at 3:52 am

Skunky is right on with assessment. Right ON!
oh yeah she was an Anthax fan, come on Skunky-Pantera wins

MrBigBrain on October 4, 2014 at 7:43 am

Yes we all know that the Obamanation is full of glib, arrogant, incompetent ashclowns but I have a question. What is the USAMRIID otherwise known as the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases doing at Fort Detrick? I know just like the Secret Service they have/had a woman in charge but surely they have something to say about Ebola. All I hear on the libnews (Fox News included) is about the WHO and the CDC. We know that both of those organizations are run by bureaucratic nitwits who don’t have a clue. It just might be that since Obola is such an awesome CinC he told the Army to shut up and say nothing. It still boggles my mind as to how much a a naive fool that he is.

Ken B on October 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Given that we are BUILDING DOWN our medical system to be leaner and less hospital intense, and reducing access to specialists, and our non-vaccine approaches to viruses are not that effective, this looks interesting.

Occam's Tool on October 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Ken B., you just gave me great info on the USAMRIID! I didn’t know that. And Fort Detrick was where the ANTHRAX was stolen in 2001, I believe. Got lots of research to do on that!

And BDD, we’ve been thru this before. I do not like Pantera. Don’t know why others do when there is so much better trash from late 80’s. Like Exodus!

12Skunky on October 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

If Ebolobama sez it, it must be true.

DS_ROCKS! on October 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Might also note that a major containment lab is located in Galveston, Texas— right in the middle of Hurricane country, and 50 miles from Houston…

Occam's Tool on October 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm

The first person dying in America from Ebola has been recorded. This person is Black. Now his family and Jesse Jackson are accusing the hospital and America, that because he was Black, the hospital wouldn’t help him, so he died. Gtfoh. Jesse Jackson is a buffoon. A clown. A silly court jester that everyone points at and laughs. He really should stop.

MrBigBrain on October 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

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