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“Travel Ban” is the new Republican “Cut and Run”

Remember the Cut and Run vote?  I do.  If I recall correctly, some Congress people nearly came to blows over it.

But just because Republicans keep saying “Travel Ban” doesn’t mean it makes any damn sense.

So, let me try to explain why the travel ban is counterproductive:

As Friedan and Fauci tried to explain, the West African countries affected have very porous borders.  People can get out of them and into them without much trouble.  If you impose a travel ban, you restrict direct flights to the US.  But the routes out of other African countries are not affected.  Heck, you can cross over into Europe or the Middle East pretty easily from Africa.  So, imposing a travel ban does not restrict people in the hot zone from coming here.  What it does is prevent those who would otherwise take the quickest and most direct route from being monitored.

Therefore, a travel ban could actually backfire and allow the entry of unmonitored hot zone travelers.  That is not to say that quarantine is out of the question.  It’s perfectly reasonable.  But try to explain all of that to someone scared senseless by E-B-O-L-A!!!

But the biggest problem with the travel ban argument is that it is so successful at portraying Democrats as being lax, unconcerned and callous.  Congratulations, Republicans.  You have once again pummeled an unarmed opponent silly because, to this date, I have yet to see Democrats come up with two or three word phrases that cut to the amygdala as effectively as the Republicans do.

I can repeat over and over that friends don’t let friends vote Republican but I am having a hard time endorsing the student body presidents on the other side.  They are becoming more and more feckless and can barely defend themselves.

{{exasperated sigh}}

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  1. I’m equally frustrated. We need a big thinker to come up with a good quarantine plan – mostly for Africa at this point. How are those poor people supposed to beat Ebola back without a humane quarantine system?

    Without it – and it should probably be multilevel scary/close contact people vs possible/not-likely people – how does it stop? Each patient infects 2 patients and the whole continent gets wiped out?

    But, quarantine is scary. Threatening – to jobs possessions – families. How do we make it better?

    Don’t they need it NOW in Africa? While it doesn’t hurt to give it some thought all over the world.

  2. I’m with you.
    There is a small evil group of people sitting on trillions of dollars in cash. What could it hurt to fork over some of that money so infection doesn’t spread?
    This is the chocolate growing area of the world. Surely Hershey, nestle, and Mars can pay the tab. These are not rich nations and people don’t make a lot of money. It would be the moral choice. I wonder why our religious leaders aren’t putting pressure on them to do it.

    • Also, pay survivors generously to care for the sick. … Get some money back into those economies that they’re losing.

    • One would think the chocolate corporations would at least be concerned for the health of their slaves, er, workers.

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