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Is it just me, or…?

Mmmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmm.  Am I the only one who thinks the H1N1 virus scare has been overblown times ten to the 23rd power?  I don’t even know somebody who’s sick with it, and now I read the news and discover our Dear Leader has declared an emergency? What emerged?

If I were of a suspicious mind, I might begin to wonder if there was some other motive for declaring an Official Presidential Medical Emergency smack dab in the middle of our national quarrel over ObamaCare®.  The lady on the NPR said it was supposed to give health care agencies the freedom they need to combat this flu.

Quoth my soul, “Say wha…?  Freedom?  Our docs don’t already have the freedom to fight the flu?  They have to wait on an emergency declaration from the government?”  Sounds to me like maybe we’ve got too much government health care already.  The Secretary for Health and Human Services has said we “must” (her word) take the vaccine.  Personally, I don’t intend to.  Last time a government health Druid gave me a flu shot, it was an Air Force tech who did it with one of those pneumatic diesel fuel injectors that’s been corrupted for medical purposes.  Something like a 55-gallon drum of flu juice went missing, and our whole squadron got bad sick.  I’m not doing that again unless the Dear Leader puts his messianic arm under the same injector as the rest of us get.  While I’m watching.

But then the next thing I hear, we were supposed to have 40 million doses of flu juice by now, but we have only 16 million, obviously not all of which have been shot off.  During a typical flu season, I am told, about 100 million shots will be administered to our population of over 300 million Americans, not counting non-American invaders which ACORN hasn’t counted yet.  Me being an engineer and familiar-like with numbers and all, it sounds like we never vaccinate more than about a third of the population.  This year amidst The Crisis, our healthocrats have managed to vaccinate way less than five percent of the population.  To my admittedly jaundiced eye, this isn’t looking like such a big hairy deal.  Maybe it is.  And maybe it isn’t.  But even if it is, the performance of the healthocrats is massively underwhelming.  If the emergency was intended to scare us all into supporting ObamaCare®, well, let’s just say the scheme needs work.

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One Comment

  1. A quote from “The Power of Nightmares,” the BBC documentary that US networks have unsurprisingly refused to air.

    “In the past, politicians promised to create a better world. They had different ways of achieving this, but their power and authority came from the optimistic visions they offered their people. Those dreams failed and today people have lost faith in ideologies. Increasingly, politicians are seen simply as managers of public life, but now they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us: from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand.”

    While I don’t agree with everything that this documentary claims I do believe the basic premise of the series. Most politicians crave power. They would not be in their position if they did not. The only way in a democracy to gain power is to get the people to elect you. You can either promise them more money (something we can no longer sustain), or promise to protect them from a “nightmare.” It has amused me for years (and I ain’t been around that many) that everytime the last “crisis” has been dealt with another one somehow pops up within a few months and in the end the result is ALWAYS more power in the hands the government. This happens regardless of which side of the aisle has more people on it.

    ” World Health Organization said Friday although the H1N1 virus has killed fewer than 5,000 people so far this year worldwide, the influenza remains a cause for concern because of its unpredictable nature.”

    So, the swine flu (which probably isn’t even a swine flu, look it up) is a mild flu that has killed very few people comparitively (on average the “regular” flu kills 300,000 – 500,000 worldwide each year source: and we should be afraid of it and run to the government because it’s unpredictable? I would like to call the government’s bluff and no, I will not be getting a flu shot either.

    Posted on 25-Oct-09 at 18:16 pm | Permalink

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