In his press conference last night, President Barack Obama raised a few eyebrows when he said now is not the time to close our borders with Mexico, comparing it to “locking the barn door after the horse is out.” It was a poor metaphor to begin with. In this case, there are milions of “horses” still in Mexico that would love to leave and come here to get away from the Ground Zero of the Swine Flu… but if they are in the early stages, they could easily be bringing it with them during a time when they are most contagious.
What doesn’t President Obama understand about taking all available steps in a crisis like this? Yes, it’s too late to prevent the flu from entering the country; but it’s another thing altogether to keep out others who might carry it here and spread it even farther or faster. Any type of missed opportunity to slow down or limit the spreading of this disease is unfathomable, and could quite possibly cost more lives.
In his first hundred days, Obama has spent more money than all previous Presidents combined (and that’s money that’s been adjusted for inflation). As he begins his second hundred days, he has shown extremely poor judgement in regards to sealing the borders in an attempt to limit the spread of Swine Flu. This could be a huge mistake in the number of lives needlessly put in jeopardy.
I was going to end by saying we may live to regret this. But I already regret having a President with no guts and no vision as to the consequences of his actions vis–a-vis a pandemic scenario.
So I’ll end by simply saying, some among us may not live to regret this. Bad decision, Mr. President.