Screen All Passengers
Since Ebola is the new terrorism, beefing up airport security is a must. Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tim Murphy described Ebola carriers as if they were infiltrators at a recent congressional hearing, noting that they could mask their fevers with ibuprofen to sneak through checkpoints.
Republicans on the committee complained that screening 94 percent of passengers didn’t go far enough. What’s frightening is that some Democrats — including Sen. Connie Johnson, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Oklahoma — co-signed, with statements like “I don’t think any measure is too extreme.”
Pretend They’re on the Case
Having ignored Ebola until it reached the United States, elected officials are scrambling to make it look as though they’re on the ball. They’re consulting experts, holding hearings and demanding action.
The number of politicians claiming to have spoken in the last week with Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seems almost mathematically impossible.