Obama skips golf, fundraisers for WH meeting....
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I just explained to them that the nature of this disease -- the good news is, is that it’s not an airborne disease. We are familiar with the protocols that are needed to isolate and greatly reduce the risks of anybody catching this disease, but it requires us to follow those protocols strictly, and that’s exactly what we are in the process of doing. And the CDC is familiar with dealing with infectious diseases and viruses like this. We know what has to be done and we’ve got the medical infrastructure to do it. But this is an extraordinarily virulent disease when you don’t follow the protocols.
And so the key here is just to make sure that each step along the way -- whether it’s a hospital admissions desk, whether it is the doctors, the nurses, public health officials -- that everybody has the right information. If they have the right information and they’re following those protocols, then this is something that we’re going to be able to make sure does not have the kind of impact here in the United States that a lot of people are worried about. But that requires everybody to make sure that they stay informed. Most particularly, we’ve got to make sure that our health workers are informed.
We’re also going to be working on protocols to do additional passenger screening, both at the source and here in the United States. All of these things make me confident that here in the United States, at least, the chances of an outbreak, of an epidemic here are extraordinarily low.
But let’s keep in mind that, as we speak, there are children on the streets dying of this disease -- thousands of them. And so obviously my first job is to make sure that we’re taking care of the American people, but we have a larger role than that. We also have an obligation to make sure that those children and their families are safe as well, because ultimately the best thing we can do for our public health is also to extend the kind of empathy, compassion and effort so that folks in those countries as well can be rid of this disease.
A Fox News poll shows the public deeply distrustful of the gov't on Ebola, hiding things & behind the curve on responding. Voters want flight bans. Five percent have already altered their travel plans.
Ann Coulter sees Obama punting Ebola past the election.
A WSJ editorial notes that the World Health Organization has focused on non-Ebola health risks like "energy drinks" & caffeine & tobacco. WSJ pundit Dan Henninger sees America 2014 "on the brink" due to multiple crises. And our incompetent federal gov't rakes in $3 TRILLION in FY2014 (ended 9/30):
Individual income tax receipts rose by 5.9% to a record $1.394 trillion, while payroll taxes rose 8% to pass $1 trillion for the first time, and corporate income taxes had a blowout 16% increase to $321 billion, the third highest total in history and the most since $370.2 billion in 2007.
And Obama, the WSJ editors note, wants another $1 TR in new revenues.
Bottom Line. The president seems to have doubled down, adjusting his Ebola strategy at the margins, but not fundamentally changing course. Time will vindicate or condemn his choice.
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