• President Barack Ebola Now Being Encouraged to Turn Disease Into a Political Strategy

    You’ve kind of got to hand it to Van Jones; the man has no shame. According to the former Obama Czar, “This Ebola thing is the best argument you can make for the kind of government that we believe in.” By “we,” he of course means Democrats. Because, you know, Republicans obviously don’t care about sick people.

    And Mr. Jones is taking that notion one step further, encouraging Obama to turn the virus into an election year political game. “A year ago, Ted Cruz shut down America’s government, shut down the CDC over shenanigans,” Van told ABC’s This Week. “What if that happened this year? You’ve got to start putting the Republicans on the defensive for the fact that they believe that you can take a wrecking ball to America’s government, never pay a price.”

    Ah, so the government shutdown caused Ebola. Got it!

    This reeks of desperation. What Van is encouraging his party to do isn’t to play up certain strengths for the midterms, but rather to simply lie outright, since they haven’t got anything positive to run on. It’s pretty pathetic. Furthermore, when he talks about the “wrecking ball to America’s government,” he conveniently forgets to mention that the sweeping government cuts brought about by sequestration were Obama’s own idea in the first place.

    If Jones and his ilk decide to go down this road politically in the next few weeks, they’d better be prepared for the backlash. As soon as Democrats start blaming Ebola on Republicans, I guarantee you the GOP will counter with political attacks on open-border liberals for promoting policies that helped bring this disease here in the first place. And given the fears that average Americans have about this crisis right now, that strategy might even work.

    Besides, how is the failure by Obama’s government to impose practical travel restrictions the fault of the GOP? It’s the president’s own team who has failed to properly screen people coming into this country time and time again, whether related to concerns about immigration, terrorism, or disease. And it’s his own government who has been sending our troops into Africa to fight this thing. God only knows what they might return with. Interestingly, his reluctance to put troops “in harm’s way” seems to take on a very different meaning when it comes to Ebola.

    The larger point is that as much as Van Jones may want to blame Ted Cruz for this, the Republican party hasn’t had much of a dog in the Ebola fight. President Obama promised the disease wouldn’t come to America…and it has. That had nothing to do with Republicans and everything to do with his own strategy for tackling this thing. No one has blocked the millions he’s been spending on Ebola any more than they’ve blocked the billions he’s been spending to fight ISIS.

    Time to grow up, Van. Will you turn this into a racial issue next?

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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