Michael Walsh identifies ten things Americans can learn from the Obama Administration’s handling of the Ebola crisis.
2) The President considers Ebola a political/messaging problem, not a medical problem. Klain is an an insider process guy, not an expert in the field.
3) The fact that we need a â€œCzarâ€ to cut across federal agency red-tape and make things happen expeditiously is an indictment of the federal agencies themselves, although no Democrat would ever dare to suggest such a thing. The choice signals that, as Ronald Reagan said, government itself is the problem, not the solution.
4) The reason they wonâ€™t dare is that the federal agencies â€” unelected hives of beetling bureaucrats, scurrying beneath the media surface â€” are the sources of their power. You donâ€™t alienate or fire your most ardent union voters and financial supporters.
5) This is a government devoted to process, not results. Its most deeply held belief â€” a by-product of its quasi-Marxist belief in the â€œlabor theory of valueâ€ â€” is that putting in hours and hitting â€œmetricsâ€ is the job itself, not whatever it ostensibly happens to be about; hey, even if you die, they get paid. In this sense, bureaucrats are similar to to the education majors who teach our children in the public schools, with no particular expertise in anything but theory. And the results speak for themselves.
6) With theory ascendant over common sense, the governmentâ€™s adamant refusal so far to ban travel to and from West Africa and its affected nations proves conclusively that Leftists are perfectly willing to have you die for their ideological beliefs.
8) Regarding the open borders and open airports, a larger issue: why is the Left so adamantly opposed to the peopleâ€™s right to defend themselves? There is nothing â€œracistâ€ about closing the country to travelers from certain countries in west Africa â€” heck, the Africans have already done it themselves.
9) In twice electing Barack Obama president Americans made a choice: professional politicians over men of integrity. Symbolism over substance (hello, Nobel Peace Prize). Potential over accomplishment. Guilt over responsibility.
10) If the naked malevolence of the Leftist project for America isnâ€™t visible to you now, then youâ€™re beyond help.
But hey, not to worry â€” Kevin Spacey played Ron Klain in a movie. So itâ€™s all good.