President Obama gets a lot of scrutiny from conservative media sites like The Daily Caller.
It’s a daily occurrence, in fact, to the point that supporters and Independents alike, usually, roll their eyes and move on to the next news story any time they see an inflammatory headline.
However, a new report from TDC actually makes a compelling case that the Ebola virus arriving in Dallas (or anywhere in the U.S.) is all on one man’s shoulders — Barack Obama.
According to the report, in 2010, President Obama “moved with virtually no fanfare to abandon a comprehensive set of regulations which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had called essential to preventing international travelers from spreading deadly diseases inside the United States.”
The regulations were proposed in 2005 to combat the spread of avian flu to the United States.
They would have also guarded against “smallpox, yellow fever, diphtheria, pandemic flu, infectious tuberculosis, cholera — and viral fevers such as Ebola,” writes TDC‘s Eric Owens.
Among those opposed to the rules were airline lobbyists and civil liberties advocates on the grounds that the regulations would have allowed for “provisional quarantine… to confine airline passengers involuntarily for up to three days if they exhibit symptoms of certain infectious diseases. Federal officials would also have been able to quarantine passengers exposed to people with those symptoms,” Owens added.
“The fact that they’re backing away from this very coercive style of quarantine is good news,” said Christopher Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in comments to USA Today circa 2010.
With the arrival of Ebola in the U.S., it makes a certain degree of sense that something like the Ebola Dallas case could have been prevented with these regulations in place.
Now as many as 100 people are estimated to have been exposed, and that number could climb higher, even though at present only two have actually been diagnosed.
But will flights be restricted from West Africa? An Obama administration official had this to say via Washington Times.
“I don’t believe that’s something we’re considering.”
What do you think should be done about the Ebola virus arriving in the U.S.? Are flight restrictions a breach of human rights? And do you think the Ebola Dallas case is the fault of President Obama? Share your thoughts in our comments section below.