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Captain Trips Reax

While Michelle Bachman is being her usual lunatic self (see Hal’s post below) the “Saner” Republicans are jumping on the Fortress America bandwagon:

A spokesman for Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said Wednesday night that Franks believes the border should be closed right now except in critical cases or situations involving emergency personnel.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said all options should be considered to end the crisis involving swine flu, “including closing the border if it would prevent further transmission of the deadly virus.”

In a twitter message early Wednesday, McCain wrote “I said to Napolitano, ‘We need to be prepared to close the border with Mexico if the swine flu outbreak escalates further.’”

Now this is just pure grandstanding, with perhaps more than a hint of immigrant bashing in the bargain. I doubt that Maverick would be saying the same thing if he were in office-as Obama noted, closing the borders now would be like closing the barn doors after the horses had been let out. The WHO seems to have the right response:

The emphasis for health officials worldwide should be treating patients and strengthening preparations for outbreaks, said Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security and environment. The Geneva-based WHO isn’t recommending travel restrictions.

Now we come to Joe Biden, who, oddly, also makes sense in a general kind of way:

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would not recommend taking any commercial flight or riding in a subway car “at this point” because swine flu virus can spread “in confined places.” A little more than one hour later, Biden rushed out a statement backing off.

“I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now,” Biden said on NBC’s “Today” show.. “It’s not that it’s going to Mexico. It’s [that] you’re in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. …

“So, from my perspective, what it relates to is mitigation. If you’re out in the middle of a field when someone sneezes, that’s one thing. If you’re in a closed aircraft or closed container or closed car or closed classroom, it’s a different thing.”

He’s not wrong here-if you can find another way to travel that puts you at less risk, or travel less, why not be better safe than sorry? Both of the responses from WHO and the nornally gaffe-prone Veep make more sense than close-the-borders hysteria.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 04/30/09 at 02:13 PM in Health Care • Permalink


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