By spring of 2014, the CDC was involved in one massive error after another. A highly contagious form of H5N1, bird flu, was sent through the mail which, had it escaped, may have killed millions. Dozens on CDC employees were potentially exposed to live anthrax and botulism bacteria. My favorite was when forgotten samples of smallpox where found in an unlocked, unguarded storage area. Yeah nothing spells trust like a failure to safeguards one of the deadliest diseases known to man.
But with the Ebola crisis, which is simultaneously being overblown and underplayed, Frieden has hot new lows. Everytime he speaks he contradicts himself. My favorite was when, during a press conference, said that while you cannot give Ebola to someone on a crowded bus, you could be infected by it, which makes no sense whatsoever. And the CDC is so poorly run, most likely due to budget cuts, that the country is not safe from anything, let alone a possible outbreak scenario.
The nurse who traveled by plane after being exposed to the disease was never told not to fly. Common sense aside here, the CDC and Texas Presbyterian, have failed AGAIN to run their business correctly, which is to assume that everyone in the building is a moron and should have things spelled out to them in the most direct way possible. The higher ups certainly didn't. Then, when said same nurse called the CDC to report she had a low grade fever, they told her to fly anyway, even though someone symptomatic IS contagious. So someone at the CDC has no idea how Ebola spread, yet works for a group whose job it is to know such things. Unbelievable. But wait, there's more. When the nurse, now infected with Ebola was being transferred to a better hospital, which if history demonstrates from Texas Presbyterian's past, could be a shanty in Bangladesh run by a guy who got his degree on-line, standing next to the gurney, amidst three people on full Hazmat suits, is a guy with NO protective gear whatsoever. This level of incompetence is how worlds end.
Now not all of this is Freiden's fault. But let's face facts, this year he has been at the epicenter of one scandal after another that didn't get the attention it deserved because the GOP was still bitching about Benghazi, the IRS and other pointless talking points that only exist in right-wing land. This guy needs to go if for no other reason than to show some sort of decisive nature from our checked out President. This guy is counting down the days until 2016 something fierce.
Nowhere is that seen better than in Florida where somehow, someway, current governor Rick "Uncle Fester" Scott is still barely behind former governor Charlie Crist. Rick Scott is a felon who stole money from Medicare, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, and should be behind bars. Instead, people are campaigning for him. His idiocy was seen in full force yesterday during a debate when he threw a hissy fit that Crist had a fan under his podium. He refused to come out, siting the rule than "no electronic devices" were allowed on stage. The first problem with that is an electric fan is NOT an electronic device. Second, who cares. Unless the fan was sending him messages in Morse code, which it of course wasn't, then it isn't a problem. When the press tried turning the table of Crist, he responded quite accurately, that questions about a fan were frivolous when things like Ebola, the economy and global warming were far more important. When Rick Scott saw the tide turning against him he decided to go out on stage where he gave a Palin-esque answer. Here it is:
Moderator Elliott Rodriguez asked Scott, “And Governor Scott, why the delay in coming out over a fan?”
Scott’s response as best can be described as this: “I waited to be –’til he — we figured out if he was gonna show up. He said he wasn’t going to come to the uh…uh…he was — he said he wasn’t gonna come to the debate.”