Obama Botches Border Issue, Could Put Millions At Risk


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 visa-vis a pandemic scenario. 

So I’ll end by simply saying, some among us may not live to regret this.  Bad decision, Mr. President.  

Gerry Ashley


6 Responses to Obama Botches Border Issue, Could Put Millions At Risk

  1. rachel says:

    Obama IS the disaster…he’s worse for Americans than the flu.

  2. Gerry Ashley says:

    Oh now Rachel… he is just BEGINNING. Just wait until you see what he has in store for us during the SECOND hundred days. If he gets his way (and there’s little to stop him), he’ll get his “Cap And Trade” put through and you can expect your electric/gas bills to quadruple (at least). In October, 2007 while speaking at a campaign stop (yes, he spent his entire US Senate career, running for President) in Des Moines, Iowa, Obama said, “On the front end at least, when you set up a cap, that is going to increase the costs, the production costs of electricity, for these companies. What will they do? They are going to pass them on to you,” Obama said. “And so, I hope everybody understands, if we are serious about dealing with global warming, there is going to be a spike in the unit costs of electricity.”

    There’s your “Hope” and “Change.” You’d better HOPE you have some spare CHANGE left in your pocket when we get done paying for Obama’s vision of how things should be. Honestly, our economy simply cannot afford his vision, but he doesn’t seem to notice or care.

  3. Adam L says:

    Hahaha, too much Fox “news” for you folks. Do some research on actual statistics, like how many people swine flu has killed (last time I checked less than 50), especially in comparison to how many people a year the ‘normal’ flu kills. Maybe you can blame the normal flu on Obama, too?

    But, ya – keep fear mongering.

    And for Gerry Ashley: look up some numbers on how much electricity and gas Americans use compared to the rest of the world (in other DEVELOPED countries, they use about 4 times less) and then justify NOT paying more. Gain some perspective.

    • Gerry Ashley says:


      First, if you will note, this rant (and my comment) was written back in April.

      Your reply, dated today (Sept 7th) granted you the luxury of 4 months “hind site.”

      So let’s set the record straight on a couple of things. April was the month that the Swine Flu broke out in the US. At that time ALL the experts predicted this swine flu had a very large chance of becoming pandemic. Pandemic is defined as prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world. What prevents something from becoming pandemic is how each region handles their local situations using whatever tools are appropriate for the level of exposure. This can include quarantining the sick etc.

      Given the fact that this article was written at the beginning of the outbreak (and not 4 months later as you are doing), my position was entirely logical in wanting to secure our borders since Mexico was the “ground zero” of the American continent problem at that time. Securing the borders made perfect sense and it WAS irresponsible for Obama to act in the cavalier fashion he did. The fact that we didn’t have a more serious outbreak is simply his luck. Let me back that up with some information from the Center for Disease Control. Of the contagiousness of the H1N1 flue, they wrote: “People infected with seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be longer in some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems and in people infected with the new H1N1 virus.”

      Given that lengthy an incubation period, and that the United States has a medical community far better qualified to handle outbreaks of this type, it is easy and logical to assume those in areas of outbreak of the H1N1 would seek to flee from that area to the US. Given the fact that the US/Mexico border hasn’t been a priority for either political party, it becomes even more desirable for those in Mexico to head this way… possibly not even knowing they could still be in the development stages of the H1N1 virus and simply bringing with them across the border.

      As for your statistics, I think YOU are the one who needs to be doing your homework. Currently, there are nearly 50,000 LABORATORY DOCUMENTED cases of Swine Flu (H1N1) in the United States alone and your claim of “less than 50 deaths” is shamefully off the mark. There are nearly 500 CONFIRMED DEATHS in the United States with even more suspected and awaiting laboratory results to confirm them. (Center for Disease Control and Wikipedia sources). So there is no need to retract my comment. Given what we knew at the time I wrote that post, I maintain today that it was (and IS) irresponsible to simply look the other way as far as the border is concerned. It only has given the H1N1 virus access to spread out across the US as it is expected to do this fall. If you are going to criticize with 4 months hind site, I suggest you do a better job in checking the real numbers.

      As far as us using more electricity and gas, The United States is the 8th largest consumer, we rank behind Canada, Iceland, and a number of middle east countries in commercially produced energy. Yes we DO use more than a number of other developed countries, but we PRODUCE so much more with it. Further, the United States is far bigger than most of the DEVELOPED countries you imply. Try adjusting to a per-capita basis and see what you come up with.

      But even that’s not the point, which you seem to have missed entirely. The price increases I am referring to are not going to be a natural price increase due to the cost of crude oil. It’s the cap and trade which is artificially induced taxes (i.e.PENALTIES) placed on businesses that produce ANYTHING using electricity or oil. Those penalties (taxes) will be passed on to consumers (when is the last time you saw businesses absorbing huge cost increases and NOT passing it on to customers?). THAT is what will be driving up the costs. That will both kill the economy of a country trying to get control of its debt and it will handicap American companies trying to compete in the global market. If you can find an “up” side to that, you belong in the Obama administration.

      • Adam L says:

        Truly a grand rant – touché.

        I didn’t pay attention to the date, for that I’m sorry. That aside, I wouldn’t think it very prudent to close down borders to a neighboring country that needs help (on the chance that one day we need help) but that’s besides the point. Even with your new statistics and fancy name, 500 deaths is eclipsed by the some 30-40,000 deaths that regular influenza causes yearly; my only point was not to make a witch hunt out of neighbors.

        As far as the gas and energy consumption…I don’t know where you are getting your data, but here’s some actual facts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000-watt_society

        Look around the links if you don’t think it’s credible, but it’s research that’s been going on since the 60’s I believe.

        Basically, Western Europe is the only part of the world that comes close to consuming the amount of energy we do and they use about half as much, and yes – per capita. Soft arguments like “we PRODUCE so much more with it” are neither provable with numbers nor worth trying. (I assume you mean the same amount of energy that goes into making a Canadian product will yield inferior results than making an American product with that same amount of energy?…What?…)

        I understand that Obama is trying to jack up your ‘right’ to cheap and easy electricity – I won’t argue against that. However, the amount that we pay for those resources is drastically less than most the rest of the world. If you don’t want to pay as much, don’t use as much. I also understand that the last sentence isn’t in the vocabulary of most Americans, so it may be falling on deaf ears.

        I don’t claim to know a lot about finances, but if this issue alone can “kill the economy” than I propose to you we may have bigger problems to deal with.

        And just a side note: I’m not the left or the right…I’m the middle finger. I am sincerely tired of hearing people talk from a platform – speak your mind, not your party or your morning talk show.

        One last favor: can you tell me which show you regurgitated “kill the economy of a country trying to get control of its debt and it will handicap American companies trying to compete in the global market.” from? I know I’ve heard that somewhere, just wondering from where … thanks!

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