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It's Time for an Ebola Travel Ban

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Monday, 20 Oct 2014 01:51 PM Current | Bio | Archive

So now we have an Ebola czar. So what?

The problem is Obama doesn’t need an Ebola czar — he needs a whole new government.

An Ebola czar won’t end the perception that this administration, in foreign and domestic policy, gives the gang that couldn’t shoot straight a run for its money.

The Ebola situation is just the latest proof that this administration is leaderless, incompetent, and lacks credibility.

For example, one would think that, given the importance and visibility of the Czar position that he would report directly to the President. No.

He will report to two other Obama advisers including national security adviser Susan Rice. Given Rice’s history on Benghazi and more recently and her misstatements on Turkey, that doesn’t inspire much confidence.

If she has anything to say or do on Ebola, we had better check our medicine cabinets.

Czars are supposed to cut through bureaucracy and have the ear of the President.

As for faith in the new czar, he has already missed two White House strategy sessions on Ebola. The Ebola crisis and missteps and misstatements by a fumbling and bumbling Center for Disease Control — “go ahead and fly even if you have a temperature” — are just the latest examples of confusion and disarray over very serious matters in both foreign and domestic policy. Remember ISIS?

That’s why this administration has lost the confidence of the American people.

The failure to impose a travel ban or at least restrictions on people holding visas or passports from the countries ravaged by this dreaded disease is an example of the administration’s deaf ear to reality and the public safety of Americans, and its open ear to political correctness.

Many African countries are implementing their own travel restrictions including Angola, the Congo, the Ivory Coast and South Africa. As one who has spent time in these four countries, I can assure the reader that these countries, and the many other African nations that have instituted travel restrictions, are not anti-African and certainly wish no ill will on the economies of fellow black African countries.

They just want to protect their people from a horrible disease.

The same applies to the Caribbean Islands of Jamaica and St. Lucia which have joined in the restrictions as well as a growing number of Latin American nations. These countries are acting in common sense and putting their citizens first.

Not the Obama administration.

It is apparently worried that a ban would lead to worse outcomes by cutting the countries off from international aid workers who can contain the disease. They believe the best way to protect Americans is to control Ebola in Africa.

Keep in mind we are talking about a region where nearly 5,000 people have died and over 200 medical professionals have been victims.

As usual, political correctness and politics rules the day.

It might get points from his left wing base — at least those who do not have family members in the nursing or health care field — but it sure won’t do much for the 67 percent of Americans who support a travel ban.

What about the health, welfare and public safety of Americans?

How many have to fall ill to Ebola and possibly die because the President and his friends on the left want to be politically correct. A few weeks ago we were told that were ready for any threat and that the government was prepared.

That’s why recent polls are showing that significant majorities of Americans are not hopeful and think that the country is going to hell in a hand basket. It’s no wonder.

Naming an Ebola czar with no medical, public health or international credentials is just one more Obama band-aid cover up to try and stop the bleeding of incompetence, mistrust and lack of leadership.

How in the world can you trust a crowd whose noses make Pinocchio’s look like a pimple?

You can’t. Neither do the American people.

The Obama team might think Americans have short memories, but they don’t.
Ebola is just the latest example of the incompetence, deception and lack of leadership.
IRS, Obamacare, the Veterans Administration, NSA, and Department of Justice spying to name a few.

If one more American contracts the Ebola virus or, if just one more person comes into this country with the virus, even the President will have no choice but to impose travel restrictions.

By then it might be too late — at least for those who came in contact with the infected persons.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.

 

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The failure to impose a travel ban or at least restrictions on people holding visas or passports from the countries ravaged by this dreaded disease is an example of the administration’s deaf ear to reality and the public safety of Americans, and its open ear to political correctness.
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