Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Ineptness of Government Institutions and the Ebola Administration

That's the name Michael Walsh uses for the current collection of criminals in the White House and their pathetic response to the Ebola Crisis.  Indeed, Walsh provides us with ten excellent insights that stem from the Obama response to the Ebola Crisis.  Here are the first three:
  1. If a retread party hack like Klain is the best Obama can do, then the Democrat talent pool is incredibly shallow. Naturally, though, Obama wouldn’t think of going outside it.
  2. The President considers Ebola a political/messaging problem, not a medical problem. Klain is an an insider process guy, not an expert in the field.
  3. The fact that we need a “Czar” to cut across federal agency red-tape and make things happen expeditiously is an indictment of the federal agencies themselves, although no Democrat would ever dare to suggest such a thing. The choice signals that, as Ronald Reagan said, government itself is the problem, not the solution. [Emphasis Marc Street]
This is a really good article and is strongly recommended.

Next up, an excerpt from an article at The Week that argues the Ebola debacle is just the latest in a long list of government institutional failures:
Liberal democratic government depends on trust in public institutions. That trust stands at record lows today, and it's been falling for years. This week's news shows why. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an annual budget of more than $6 billion. It exists in large measure to help combat outbreaks precisely like this one. And yet here is its director, Thomas R. Frieden, at a Tuesday news conference, before the Ebola diagnosis of the second nurse, on the CDC's horribly flawed response to the situation in Dallas: "I think we could, in retrospect, with 20/20 hindsight, have sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed."
Twenty/twenty hindsight? Was the director of the CDC somehow unaware that Ebola has been ravaging nations in Africa for months? Is there any possible explanation beyond rank incompetence for why Frieden's agency would respond with anything other than a "hands-on" control team to a case within the United States?
That really is a disgrace.