Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Inside View of the Ebola Czar

This week, the President finally decided to appoint a Ebola Czar.  Now, you'd think fine.....but isn't there already a person in charge of infectious diseases for the government?  Yes, but apparently, they aren't the person to manage Ebola.  Go figure.

The guy chosen?  A heavy-weight in science or medicine?  No.  Ron Klain.  He's the former chief of staff for Joe Biden.  A political guy.

The general reaction?  A few senators came out within hours to comment that this really wasn't a good answer.  The media reaction?  Mostly negative.  The guy has no experience with medicine, hospitals, or the science involved.  He's a political player, that's it.

What's the deal?  This is a bit complicated.

This week, the President got yanked into a meeting and forced to sit there and listen to various issues on CDC guidance which was WRONG.  They admitted this.  There appears to be a public stance, and a private stance.  There also appears to be White House staff direction going in one way....while the science guys advocate a totally different view.

I think the President just said enough, and refuses to meet in any meeting with the medical or science guys.....making his Ebola Czar do this, and thump on them as necessary.  He can blame everything that goes wrong....back on the E-Czar (my title for the guy).

 I'm also of the mind that this is more of delay tactic.  The Senate will ask to meet this guy, and he can truthfully say that he's just gotten the job and needs to get his staff together.  No meetings until after Thanksgiving will likely be the talk for a while.

By the time that early December rolls around....either the efforts of the CDC will be successful, or we will have four-hundred folks in some type of quarantine.  The science questions for the E-Czar?  Forget about him answering.....he'll have five guys hired to just answer those.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I think the Senate will play along with this until early January, when the majority are then Republican....and then they will start a process to make him a marginal player, or force the President to hire a real scientist or doctor.

This all leads back.....if you don't get it.....to the ban on incoming people from the five countries affected.  The President won't go this direction and the political establishment just aren't pushing it.  Why?

This goes to an odd detail of thousands of visa-carriers in America who come from the five African countries in question.....who paid political donations to get their visa for themselves and their forty closest relatives.  Go around the south today......count up various upscale houses and neighborhoods which have been bought by wealthy African businessmen.  They come here for the safety and stability....flying back to conduct business as needed.  The political donations keep coming.....the visas keep getting approved, and I would imagine that both political parties benefit off this in some fashion.

By February of next year....I anticipate the pressure will be such....that a ban will have to be pushed into place.  But by that time.....it'll be too late.