Wonder why the Obama admnistration declared the swine flu epidemic an emergency after only one case had been reported in the U.S.? A few days ago, the Center for Disease Control declared the swine flu epidemic a “public health emergency” comparable to the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1917/18 that killed close to 5% of the population worldwide. It’s because if the government declared it a lesser threat in the U.S., we’d have to proactively take more steps to protect ourselves, like close the border to Mexico completely and put armed troops there. Napolitano and the Obama administration care more about looking politically correct on race than protecting the country from a security threat.
Mexico is reporting 1,995 cases of swine flu and 152 deaths. In contrast, the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. is only at 52, with no deaths. Virtually ever case so far can be traced to Mexico. Most likely, there are many more cases in Mexico that we are unaware of. Their death rate is 11.5% of those affected based on the numbers we have. This is frightening. It is appalling that Napolitano and the Obama administration are not shutting down the border.
We’re hearing nothing from the Mexico government about preventing the spread of swine flu. Europe has issued a travel advisory warning Europeans not to travel to Mexico OR THE U.S. The Europeans realize what’s happening with our politically correct policy – soon we’re going to be in the same boat as Mexico as the flu crosses the border into the U.S., bringing us to epidemic levels too.
How much is the Obama administration’s politically correct response to this epidemic costing the U.S. in tourist dollars? Apparently they’d rather have Mexicans possibly infected with swine flu illegally sneak across the border rather than legitimate business travelers from countries not affected by the outbreak.
According to yesterday’s Yellow Sheet, Napolitano dismissed closing the border –
She says identifying and isolating those who seem ill as they try to cross was an adequate strategy given the circumstances.
“We’re already doing passive surveillance at the border,” Napolitano said. “You would close the border if you thought you could contain the spread of disease, but the disease is already in a number of U.S. states.”
Those infected with swine flu might not show symptoms for a few days, prompting Napolitano to say border closure is “a very difficult judgment to make.”
The acting head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that American authorities were starting to undertake “passive screening” at its borders. Richard Besser declared anew the Obama administration’s call for people to stay calm and take precautions, and he said border officials would start “asking people about fever and illness, looking for people who are ill.”
At this time, the United States is not conducting enhanced entry screening of passengers arriving from Mexico, nor is the United States conducting exit screening of passengers departing for Mexico.
If this was taking place under the Bush administration, you’d be hearing cries of another mishandled Katrina.
We’re hoping that Congress gets some sense and closes the border. A few members of Congress need to take the lead, stand up and demand that the border be closed. The number of those affected keeps increasing every day, and contrary to Napolitano’s politically correct statements, it’s not too late to contain it within Mexico. We don’t need another one of Napolitano’s gaffes to cost thousands of Americans their lives.