Carter and Reagan administrations gave us the same kind of assurances about HIV-AIDS that we are getting from the Obama administration concerning Ebola. Einstein wrote something like, "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity." The public statements and behavior of the federal government now seems to be engaging in insanity.
We have big business expedience and self-interest in maintaining trade and a weird kind of political correctness both threatening US legal residents for no good reason. It is possible to support quarantines and tighter borders without being anti-Black or anti-African. Blacks, whites, reds, browns, yellow are all threatened by Ebola or the failure to prevent its widespread dispersal in the US.
It does not require mindless panic to be concerned about the devastating potential of Ebola and the failure to prevent it in the US. One or two victims in the US is one or two too many victims. There is no good excuse for innocent US citizens of any party or race getting Ebola here. Labeling rational concern about the threat of Ebola as mindless panic is dangerous deception. Labeling desire for quarantine as prejudice against Africa and Africans is also dangerous deception. Both are irrespnsible political posturing.
There are also no good excuses for not doing as much as possible to stop the epidemic in Africa. Republican politicos whining about the Obama administration not doing enough are most often those also opposing funding to control Ebola in Africa.
Ebola spread in the US even if just a dozen cases will damage the economy, Christmas sales, reduce taxes and increase government spending, and waste millions of dollars better put into border control and quarantine of travelers.
Even one single more Ebola case in the US is a sign of failure by our government. There are no good excuses.
Here is an NPR link which might provide useful information NPR Shots Blog.
*** Stay tuned...and wash you hands--- Doug Wiken