Today President Obama declared the swine flu outbreak an emergency. More than a thousand people have died in the U.S. so far this year, nearly a hundred of which were children. The declaration enables the hospitals to, among other things, open off-site facilities to keep non-flu victims from catching the virus while waiting in the ER.
Because, after all, the swine flu epidemic is particularly virulent and the number of casualties is off the charts.
Unless you consider how many people die of the 'regular' flu each year. In the United States alone, 36,000 people on average die from the flu yearly. I'm not saying the deaths from swine flu aren't important, but, in the grand scheme, the numbers just don't add up to an emergency epidemic.
So why has Obama declared it an emergency?
To pass health care, of course.
If there isn't a real emergency, they need to gin one up. But, just like global warming, people aren't buying it.
If only they tried reasoned debate and true bipartisanship, they might be more successful at passing their schemes. Unfortunately, they only know how to operate using intimidation and deception, and so, here we go again -
Crisis, crisis, crisis!