Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Obama is letting diseases enter the United States not out of incompetence, but because he has other priorities.

Barack Obama has refused to prevent foreign nationals from places where the Ebola virus are endemic entering the United States.  It has recently been in the news that a Liberian National flew here, lied about his contact with Ebola, and came here likely to get free medical care courtesy of the US taxpayer.  In the process he ran up a hell of a medical bill, and has already spread the disease to US citizens.

It should be noted that African countries from Kenya to South Africa to Nigeria etc. have closed off travel from countries with endemic Ebola, and it seems to be working.  So African countries close their borders to disease to protect their citizens, but the US border remains wide open.  How's that for a kick in the head?

But it gets better.  Recent news has it that Obama has been actually speeding up the process of giving entry visas to people who want to come here from Liberia!  There are also reports that Obama is considering setting up programs where anyone sick with Ebola can come to the United States for treatment - and of course they will doubtless be able to bring  along their family members, all of whom will be allowed to stay permanently...

I hope that the Ebola virus does not spread widely throughout the United States, but that is the extent of the US government’s plan.  Hope.  (Hey, now Obama’s campaign slogan is finally starting to make sense!)  Maybe Ebola won’t be as contagious in a first world setting as some fear, and all those millions of African refugees swarming into this country won’t set off a pandemic.  Or maybe they will.  I guess we will all find out.

Similarly, the enterovirus D68 has until recently been rare in the United States.  However, it's been endemic in Central America.  

This virus only became significant in the United States after Obama started accepting tens of thousands of accompanied (yes, accompanied, thank you very much) illegal immigrant children from Central America and placing them in schools all across the United States and exempting them from any health screenings.  

Now the federal government could dispel the suspicion that it caused this outbreak of D68 in a second, by showing us a map of places where the illegal immigrant children have been placed and the sites of D68 outbreak foci.  But they won't.  Which sure suggests that they have something to hide.  (Or that they just don’t care what the American people think – that fits as well, I must admit).

Even if you believe that the United States somehow needs to accept the surplus populations of Central America, that doesn't mean that you can't do health screenings.  But that would take some effort and time set up.  Which would, at least temporarily, slow down the rate at which these foreign nationals can enter the United States.  Which would slow down the rate at which wages for the many are pushed down, and profits for the few raised up.  Which is the entire story.

The post-1970 change in the previously restrictive US immigration policy has so far increased the population of the United States by about 80 million more than it otherwise would be, and has significantly reduced wages and increased profits.  However, we have a long way to go to before we reach the levels of impoverishment seen in places like India.  It would really take a population of over a billion to drive the United States down to that level.  That's the plan. 

So people fleeing the ebola epidemic in Liberia are allowed in.  People fleeing the poverty and violence that come from too-rapid population growth are all allowed in.  Guest workers skilled and unskilled are all allowed in - along with their families, and they are allowed to stay permanently.  Women fleeing sexual harassment at the hands of male family members - and said abusive males will also be allowed to follow them here as well (to avoid splitting up families, you know).  People who win US citizenship as a lottery prize.  Gang members.  Physicists.  Sinners.  Saints.  The healthy.  The sick.  Muslim fanatics that hate America.  Russian hockey players.  The point is to just jam in as many people as possible as fast as possible by as many means as possible.  It's all about the numbers.  

The faster you can jam in more people, the faster wages will fall and profits will rise.  It will also accelerate the point of no return, where even if the American people regain control of their government, the population will be so large that permanent poverty will be locked in place.  

Obama is allowing people carrying diseases for which Americans have neither innate immunity nor vaccinations into the country en masse.  That is a fact.  However it works out, this is certainly a great risk to the health of US citizens.  He is not doing this because he is incompetent or stupid.  He’s not doing it because he hates Americans and wants them to die.  He’s doing it because the rich want open borders and they want Obama to dump as many people into the labor market as fast as possible.  Any bad side effects of this are just the cost of business.  Nothing personal.

When white slaveowners in the ante-bellum American south imported black slaves from Africa, it wasn’t because they hated blacks.  It was because they wanted the easy profits that come from cheap labor.  I mean, without imported slaves, the plantation lifestyle would have been impossible – instead, you would have had middle-class family-owned farms like in the Midwest (and look how badly that turned out).

Now when slaves were shipped from Africa, the mortality rates on the voyages were often atrociously high.  But the slaveship captains were neither stupid nor needlessly cruel: it was all about maximizing profits.  Suppose that, for a given ship and amount of supplies, if you ship 300 slaves, 100 of them die, and 200 survive.  On the other hand, suppose that you ship 100 slaves, and all of them survive.  Well, 200 is more than 100.  That’s it.  Nothing personal.

The terrorists of the 9/11 attacks on the United States were mostly illegal immigrants from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.  Such an attack could never have occurred a decade or two before, when the laws against illegal immigration were actually enforced.  In fact, some of the illegal immigrant terrorists only got on the planes because they had been issued valid US driver’s licenses!  Now I don’t think that George W. Bush wanted terrorists to attack the United States.  It’s just that he had other priorities. 

You might ask, but what if the rich themselves, or their children, get sick?  Good question. 

First, the rich live in gated communities far from the teeming masses, and you can bet the federal government won’t force their children’s schools to accept medically unscreened illegal immigrants.  They fly on private planes from private terminals – no mass exposure there.  And if they do still manage to get sick they will get the best medical care, no questions asked.  

If the policies of the rich make things really bad, the rich can always take their loot and move to some nice safe country with enforced borders.  Kind of like the cruise ship captain that let his boat founder and then was the first into the life rafts.

But if some of the rich themselves do succumb to a disease that they allowed to spread, well, if that risk is the cost of remaining rich then it’s a choice the rich will make.

I am reminded of the following section from Joseph Heller’s book Catch 22.  Nately had been shot while on a bombing mission with Yossarian, and when Yossarian opened the medical kit, he found that it was empty: Milo Minderbinder had stolen the supplies and left behind paper shares of stock in his syndicate.

1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: Nately died a wealthy man, Yossarian. He had over sixty shares in the syndicate.
Yossarian: What difference does that make? He's dead.
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: Then his family will get it.
Yossarian: He didn't have time to have a family.
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: Then his parents will get it.
Yossarian: They don't need it, they're rich.
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: Then they'll understand.

You may think this view of the rich is unrealistically harsh, even cartoonish.  I assure you that it is not.  Consider.  In the ante-bellum American south rich planters maintained people in brutal abject slavery for the sole purpose of lowering their labor costs.  They fought a bloody war to maintain their slavery-dependent profits.  Many of them sacrificed their own sons in this cause. 

Think about that as you read the headlines about Ebola and enterovirus D68 and Dengue fever and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and Chagas and Yellow Fever and Chikungunya and scabies and all the other diseases that are, all of a sudden,  ‘mysteriously’ becoming more common in the United States….

But keep your eye on the prize.  Obama knows that the main event is not Ebola, but the numbers.  In India today there are half a billion people suffering from chronic malnutrition, they live lives that are as miserable as any slave laborer, but with effectively no hope of rescue.  This didn't occur because of Ebola.  This occurred because the Indian government encouraged people to have far more children than they could afford to support.  And whether the hordes of third world refugees that Obama is allowing to enter the Untied States do or do not significantly increase diseases here, they absolutely WILL increase the numbers, which will eventually crush the average American down to the level of India.  

Do not fear Ebola.  Obama's allowing Ebola to enter the United States is more of a warning, a symbol of his total disrespect for the American people.  The main thing is the numbers.  Think on the hopeless misery of the people living in India and Pakistan and Egypt etc.etc.  It can happen here.  And if Obama and his plutocrat sugar daddies get their way, it will.

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