Nov 1, 2009 Political
The terrorists at Gitmo are considered high risk for the H1N1 swine flu so they will be getting inoculated (it will be offered to them) before many people who are citizens of this country and who did not try to do us harm because inmates are considered a higher risk group.
Besides, we can’t have Muslims getting the Swine Flu. That might be considered a hate crime or something.
If the distribution of the vaccine has been like it is here then they will probably have gotten the flu or the threat will be over before they do.
A little flu hits and the government gins up an emergency. People are prioritized so the medication can be rationed and then we end up with lines all over the place as people stand in line hoping they will get the vaccine before it runs out.
Of course, if people are worried about getting the vaccine or if they do not have health care for that matter, they can always get arrested.
Criminals get free health care and are a higher priority for vaccines.
Oct 22, 2009 Political
In April of this year the world was hit with a flu virus and it spread rapidly. The Swine flu (H1N1 variant) struck late in the year and was fairly mild. Concern over the virus reemerging during flu season and being even stronger led to rapid production of a swine flu vaccine. The private industry that developed the vaccine and got it to market quickly is to be commended. The efficacy and safety of the vaccine are a different issue (last time there was a rush the vaccine killed more people than the flu) and the decision to get it is one that should be made between a patient and a doctor. Suffice it to say that the private industry responded quickly.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told us that there was plenty of vaccine, the government is distributing it, and that everyone who wants it will be able to get it. Sounds good so far.
The problem is, government is involved in getting it out and ensuring that everyone who wants it, gets it. There are now regional shortages of the vaccine and there is concern that it will not be available in time to be effective. There is a possibility that by the time some are vaccinated (or have the opportunity to be vaccinated) they will have gotten the flu or the threat will have passed.
Remember, the government is in charge of this. The same people who want to take over the health care system and run every aspect of it are not able to distribute a flu vaccine.
Someone on TV (I can’t remember who) said that he believes that Sebelius has the safety of our children in mind but it is not at the top of her list. The person said it might be number two but her number one thought is “Please don’t let this be our Katrina.”
That is probably accurate. The government is showing that it is not very efficient at the small task of distributing vaccine (it is small compared to running health care) but it expects us to believe it will be able to run all of health care. The Obama administration wants this to go well so that it can crow like a rooster about how well it did and that the government is capable of handling our health care. The reality is that the administration is failing in the mission it took on.
It is true that there are shortages of the seasonal flu vaccine each year but then again no one tells us that there is enough for every man, woman, or child who wants it. In the case if H1N1, the government assured us there is enough for everyone
We have already seen plans for a state government to ration care in the event of a severe flu outbreak. Those plans call for those in certain categories (like those with terminal cancer) to be denied care. That is how government run health care works everywhere it is tried.
The vaccine distribution is strike two in government’s latest attempt to demonstrate it can handle health care (it struck out with Medicare a long time ago).
In baseball, three strikes and you are out. Let us hope that the third strike of government is not demonstrated by failure after it passes a complete health care overhaul. Because then we will be the ones who lose.
Oppose the government takeover of our health care. It will add to the deficit, it will not cover everyone (which they said they would do) and it will lead to poor service and rationing.
Then again, if their ineptitude leads to a huge number of deaths they will be able to save some money.
ObaMao wants complete control and the health care takeover is one big way in which he will do it.
Wake up America.
Suozzi lashes out at Feds, state over flu vaccine shortages
Swine Flu Vaccine: Enough to Go Around?
Swine Flu Vaccine: Too Little, Too Late?
H1N1 Running Rampant Amid Shortage of Vaccine
U.S. Faces Swine Flu Vaccine Shortage
Remember, they said we have enough. So, how are there shortages?
Oct 19, 2009 Political
The federal government wants to run health care. It is the desire of the Obamatons to take control of this large part of our economy so that it can take control of the people. This is what happens with Social Security and Medicare. Every time there is an election old people are scared to death over threats about cuts in services if the right candidate does not win. They also hear the doom and gloom as excuses for tax increases come into play. The government realizes that a large portion of the elderly vote so the politicians try to placate them.
This year there will be no cost of living increase because the cost of living has not gone up. The Congress is looking to give each SS recipient a $250 check because there will be no COLA. The law says that benefits cannot be reduced so the SS never goes down regardless of how well the economy is doing. The law also says that there is no COLA increase if the COL does not go up so why don’t we stick with the law? The Congress wants to placate the elderly by buying them off.
The real concern should be what will happen to them if the government controls health care. Rationing WILL take place. If the government needs to control costs or if there is a disaster then people not deemed worthy, per Ezekiel Emanuel, will be denied care.
The state of Florida is a prime example. The Florida Department of Health, a state government agency, has issued guidelines to hospitals regarding who is to receive care and who is not should the H1N1 flu cause a shortage of hospital beds.
Florida health officials are drawing up guidelines that recommend barring patients with incurable cancer, end-stage multiple sclerosis and other conditions from being admitted to hospitals if the state is overwhelmed by flu cases. Sun Sentinel
A state government agency has drawn up guidelines on who should be refused care should the flu overwhelm the system. The state agency has given guidance for rationing care.
Take this to the next level and you have the federal government. The federal government will also have guidelines that determine who gets what treatment based on age and general health. A 90 year old person stands little chance of getting a hip replacement or heart surgery if the procedure costs too much based on life expectancy. The big difference is that an emergency need not exist for the feds to ration care. The budget will be a major consideration as a cost is placed on human life. If they only expect you to live a few years more then you will not get what you need.
We see it in place in Florida based on a flu outbreak but the fact that they are deciding now who lives and who dies is a foreshadowing of things to come should government take control of the health care in this country.
No longer will a doctor and patient decide. It will be some bean counter in DC who decides based on life expectancy charts and the budget.
We, as a nation, need to decide that it is time for all members of Congress to be denied what they need to exist. That, of course, would be elected office.
Vote them all out in 2010.
And say no to government run health care.
May 10, 2009 Political
Well- the time is coming where critical mass will be achieved in the population, and this will be known when there is not enough water for the world to consume. Fast upon the heels of a lack of water will come a lack of food, and famine will ensue. There are only so many people who can exist at any one time.
This is a given, especially when you have the population of the Middle East Muslims, and the Hispanic populations growing at a four to one pace versus everyone else. The Chinese have had a cap on their population, but we have gone from 3 billion people in the 1950s to over 6 billion people now- double the amount in just 50 something years- a fact that is distressing, when you think that another doubling could come in twenty more years.
And here we have corn being siphoned from the food chain to make ethanol, when sugarcane could do this better and not affect the food cycle. I have to wonder at the lack of intelligence- could this be intentional, or are they just that stupid? I vote for the stupidity- it’s more hopeful.
But I am going to play Devil’s Advocate here- a little “What If” sort of guessing game where I think of the scenarios that might be possible under this administration and Barama’s fellow travelers in other governments.
First, the economy is not going to get much better globally, until there is a culling of people worldwide- how this is done could be iffy- a bio- weapon might get the job done, but what if it was to change, to morph into something that there was no vaccine for? That makes that scenario not so sure. The virus might double back on the instigators. There would have to be a vaccine prepped ahead of time.
Still, at least half of the populace would need to go- armed conflict? That gets chancy also, as the various powers would begin to take it seriously, and jockey for territory, not just culling people, so no government could trust another in this exercise- greed takes over, and the violence would inevitably escalate, and the landscape gets altered in negative ways- not a good alternative.
That leaves a natural killer, one that has been around since day one- cancer. Cancer affects everyone at one time or another. Everyone has had someone they knew who has been at least affected by this in one form or another.
If there was an enhanced version or versions of cancer, that could not be cured ( and there are already several versions of cancer that are difficult to treat), and if people at an advanced rate got these cancers, soon the problem would begin to solve itself as the death rate inevitably rose above the present levels.
Now, I know that this is an unpleasant subject for anyone who has had to deal with cancer. I have had to deal with it twice, so I am sensitive to the emotional impact- but we are talking Devil’s Advocate here, so the problem is, how do they (the Governments of this world) deal with over- population? Something will have to be done eventually- whether it is disease, war, or mass emigration to another planet (yeah- not real high on the list of possibles), the problem will need to be addressed within the next fifty years at the most.
In the wake of the Swine Flu, weak though that was, the question remains, because our population density as well as our modes of travel have produced a faster than expected spread of this virus. In addition, the 24/7 news cycle has kept a fine map, if you will, that demonstrates how this disease has spread. We have been lucky in that this version of the flu was weak, and it has come during the spring, rather than the winter, when peoples immune systems are compromised, and people are staying inside.
Could the Swine Flu have been a test run for some other, more lethal strain of disease to be unleashed at a later date? Sure- I rather doubt it, but in this governmental environment, I truly believe that there are no ethical limits that would not be crossed by the people in power now, and that is something I never thought I would say about ANY American, ever. So, could they kill (or cull, if you will) a percentage of people in this country, in order to stay in power? Yes, I believe they could.
Look at how little they are doing to ease the monetary crisis- as long as the public believes the crisis is still here, this administration has basically carte blanche to do as they will. They like that.
After all, as Rhomboid Emmanuel is very fond of saying, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”
With cynicism like that, ANY scenario becomes possible.
May 4, 2009 Political
As I have been saying all along, the H1N1 Swine Flu does not appear to be the massive killer that people feared. Mexico is reporting that the flu is on the decline and that the worst might be over. It would appear as if people are cautiously optimistic that there will not be widespread outbreak and death.
Officials are now saying that the H1N1 might be no more of a problem than the normal flu we experience during flu season.
However, the head of the World Health Organization is saying that she would rather be overly cautious than unprepared and that the virus might reappear with a vengeance in a few months.
“We hope the virus fizzles out, because if it doesn’t we are heading for a big outbreak.” But she said: “I’m not predicting the pandemic will blow up, but if I miss it and we don’t prepare, I fail. I’d rather over-prepare than not prepare.” FT.com
There is a possibility the flu will die down during the warm summer months and then return when the weather gets cooler and it is certainly a good idea to keep looking for a vaccine and way of combating an outbreak. People should remain vigilant and wash hands frequently.
So far everything I have discussed in past posts has been accurate including predictions that this will not be terribly bad.