Dear Kevin Yoder,
I have to applaud you. You managed to take my attention away from the Royals with your “Special Ebola Virus Update” (dum…dum…dum….) that you issued. This isn’t just a regular Ebola Virus Update, this one is “special” so I had to pay close attention.
Special Ebola Virus Update
In recent weeks my office has received numerous contacts from constituents regarding the potential for an Ebola Outbreak in the United States. The current Ebola outbreak is a serious threat to the American people, and I believe that it is important that the President take certain commonsense steps to protect U.S. citizens from this Ebola epidemic.
Immediately restrict travel of foreign nationals attempting to enter the United States from any country with an Ebola outbreak.
Suspend any previously issued visas for U.S. travel for those coming from or having been to those countries during an outbreak.
Test, monitor, or quarantine as necessary for any individual who has traveled to or from affected countries in West Africa or who has been exposed to the virus for the 21 day period afterwards.
This is not a political issue. This is a human health issue, but I’m concerned the administration has underplayed the risk associated with exposure to Ebola in the United States and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were woefully unprepared for this deadly virus to reach our shores. We must act to make sure further exposure risk is eliminated. In addition to health related concerns, our State Department and Customs agencies must act deliberately to make sure that this virus can not be shipped over our borders again.
Further, allowing our nation to continue to have a porous northern and southern border is symptomatic of our inability to prevent diseases and other dangerous threats from finding their way into America.
This week I sent a follow up letter to President Obama calling for him to implement these simple changes to protect our nation from Ebola:
Click here to read my full letter to President Obama…
Kind of like most campaign promises, the link to President Obama’s letter was broken. Oh well…I can only imagine what it said. It probably went something like this-
Dear President Obama,
You are probably surprised to hear from me right now since most of the time, Republicans spend time being a pain in your butt, but we need something from you right now. No, it’s not just a chance to gain valuable points from our constituents looking like we are trying to do something about an “outbreak” that isn’t really an outbreak since it’s only infected a total of 4 people in the United States. We really need a coordinated government response for this Ebola crisis. I know, I know that Republicans spend countless hours yelling about less big government and more states rights, but that’s only when it gains us popularity and not in times of crisis when in actuality big government serves a purpose. I won’t go into how it makes me look like a hypocrite in this case, because that’s besides the point.
We need a coordinated government response to this outbreak of Ebola. Well, like I said earlier it’s not really an outbreak in the United States more like a few people infected that we’ve actually been able to cure all, but one. So, we can’t have anyone traveling from West Africa here without testing, monitoring and quarantined all people from West Africa. I know that is super expensive, and Republicans yell all the time that we need to cut government costs, but in this case I guess that doesn’t matter. So give the United States a blank check to make this happen please and then when the next Presidential election comes around we will again yell about wasteful government spending. I know, it doesn’t make sense, but that’s the GOP for you.
I’m also fine with the fact that we have cut spending to the CDC, but now we can yell that there hasn’t been a coordinated response to this effort. Had Ebola not shown up in America and had the CDC spent money on a coordinated effort, I’m fully aware that the GOP would have been screaming about the wasteful spending by the CDC on an Ebola outbreak that never arrived in the US. Details….details.
Also, we will ignore the fact that we want a ban on travel from West Africa here, but we are in no way calling for a travel ban of Americans to other countries even though we have an “outbreak” of Ebola in the United States. Again, it doesn’t make any sense, but I’m fine with that. I’m also fine with the fact that I’m calling out an issue of our “porous borders”, but in no way has Ebola come through our borders and infected anyone. I just thought I would make another political point for the sake of making a political point. I’m hoping it will gain me a few more votes come election time.
Anyway, thanks for listening to my concerns even though they don’t make much sense. I guess that’s politics!
Yours for a coordinated, big government response to Ebola.
Of course, that’s just my take on this. I could be wrong.