Why Governments Fail

The breezy confidence of the White House and CDC is the kind of happy talk that relies on all the links in the chain having the same strength.

—Rick Wilson, “The Uninvited Guest

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  1. I worked for the government briefly. The government is wholly incompetent to deal with this problem. We’ve already seen their cleanup efforts which involved 2 guys in plainclothes aerosolizing the Tx Liberian’s vomit outside his apartment complex. Of course, we can’t restrict travel to/from West Africa because that would be racist. And

    Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Friday said restricting travel between the U.S. and West Africa would likely “backfire” and put Americans more at risk of contracting Ebola.

    Appearing on MSNBC, Frieden was asked about potentially prohibiting air travel between the U.S. and West Africa, where the Ebola outbreak is most widespread. He said that such a restriction would likely be ineffective and would make it harder for health officials to root out the virus.

    Restricting travel from outbreak countries is not a logical step in this bureaucrat’s mind, though every civilization for eons has seen the wisdom in what’s called “A Quarantine.”

  2. Right on cue. Looks like we might have an R > 1.0 in the US; one of Eric Duncan’s nurses contracted it. At least you have a .5 chance of surviving if you contract it.

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