Tom Borelli

It’s no wonder Americans don’t trust the government. Sandwiched between ideological zealots at the IRS and the EPA and massive corruption at the Veterans Administration, the public is being exposed to the consequences of bureaucracies running wild.

President Obama is adding to the public’s discontent with the government. Obama’s high profile lies about his health-care plan and his insistence that there is “not even a smidgen of corruption” regarding the IRS targeting Tea Party groups are most certainly adding to the public’s distrust of government.

According to a recent CNN poll, only 12 percent feel the government can be trusted most of the time while a whopping 75 percent trust the government only some of the time.

Distrust of government will only increase because of its handling of the Ebola virus, specifically, by allowing infected patients to be transported from Africa for treatment in the U.S.

In a shocking example of negligence and bureaucratic incompetence, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was not prepared to deal with the implications for Americans affected by the Ebola epidemic raging in Africa.

In absence of a clear policy, it appears the Christian charities that sponsored the two Ebola infected Americans’ work in Africa made the decision to transport them to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Shockingly, the CDC abdicated its infectious disease control mandate to nonprofit organizations; in doing so, it violated the main principle of addressing communicable diseases: isolation.

CDC’s lack of preparation for dealing with Ebola was exposed in a July 28 letter from Franklin Graham, President and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, to Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Director of the CDC.

Samaritan’s Purse is a charity that operates the medical center with Serving In Mission (SIM) in Monrovia, Liberia, where Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol got infected by treating Ebola patients.

In addition to the infected patients,  SIM evacuated other staff members including Writebol’s husband and two doctors who were caring for Ebola patients. These individuals are being held in quarantine in RV vehicles on SIM’s campus in Charlotte, NC.


Tom Borelli

Tom Borelli, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow with FreedomWorks.

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