With Americans increasingly on edge about Ebola, clueless Democrats, led by the hapless Obama, are pushing back against suggestions we temporarily bar flights from Ebola-ravaged countries. Clearly they don’t realize this is a losing issue and, despite our hopes they get buried at the polls on November 4, this isn’t the time to play cheap political games.
House Democrats are pushing back hard against proposals to institute a travel ban in the fight against the Ebola virus.
A growing number of lawmakers — mostly Republicans — are urging the Obama administration to bar travel to the United States for the roughly 13,000 foreign visa holders living in the West African countries where the disease is most rampant.
But Democrats are rejecting that strategy, arguing that it would both be ineffective and could worsen the epidemic in those African hot spots.
Naturally one of the ringleaders of these babbling morons is Houston’s Sheila Jackson Lee, who never, ever fails to play the race card. It’s all she’s got, really.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Wednesday that U.S. officials should instead focus their efforts on enhanced health screenings, both overseas and in domestic airports, and cement the healthcare protocols designed to eliminate the spread of the disease in the United States.
“I don’t think we gain anything by spending our time talking about quarantines” of entire countries, Jackson Lee said in a phone interview. “We don’t have an epidemic, and for that reason I don’t think that calling for a quarantine of countries answers the question. We have to turn internally and look at our own selves and make sure our health infrastructure is where it needs to be.”
Neighboring countries of the Ebola-ravaged nations have banned air travel, but we doubt she is even aware of what countries border them. So when this common sense approach is favored by the overwhelming majority of America, it speaks volumes when even one of the nuttier House Democrats is on board:
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of conservatives in calling on the administration to bar travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — where Ebola has reached epidemic levels — until those countries have eradicated the threat.
“Common sense dictates that we should impose a travel ban on commercial airline flights from nations afflicted by Ebola,” Cruz told the Dallas Morning News. “There’s no reason to allow ongoing commercial air traffic out of those countries.”
Last week, a group of Texas House Republicans wrote to President Obama urging such a ban “until the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has significantly subsided or ended.”
The group joins a separate group of 27 House lawmakers who penned a similar letter to Obama calling for immediate travel restrictions “until such countries have defeated the epidemic.”
Three Democrats — Reps. Alan Grayson (Fla.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Dave Loebsack (Iowa) — were among the 27 endorsing that message.
When even the loony Alan Grayson realizes barring flights makes sense, you know how poorly this will reflect on Democrats. We’d urge them to continue with this insanity, but we have a public health crisis brewing and Americans are quickly nearing the panic stage. Instead, Obama and his merry band of race hustlers continue putting us in danger.
Foreigners must prove that have vax against whooping cough. Why, then, do we admit visitors who may have Ebola? pic.twitter.com/xWpQYaafkY
— Rep. Alan Grayson (@AlanGrayson) October 13, 2014
Good question. Ask the leader of your party, Al.