The Ebola virus is not a threat, but ISIS is. That's what some of our leaders tell us. Should we believe them? Do they have a track record for truth-telling that would lend them credibility?
ISIS hasn't (yet) invaded America, but Ebola has. We are bombing ISIS in
Sometimes it seems the priority of our elected officials and experts is self-protection rather than the protection of the public, which they are supposed to serve. We only know what they tell us. We presume they have access to accurate information, but we only get their version of the truth.
Government officials testify before congressional committees and either deny responsibility for their own incompetence and malfeasance, blame others, hide behind the all-purpose "mistakes were made," or take the Fifth. A few accept "responsibility," but only in rare cases does anyone lose their job, unless their transgressions are so glaring they can't be ignored, like
In the case of Ebola, our leaders want us to remain unconcerned. They have it under control, they say. And yet infected people keep popping up. Not to worry, they say. We can trust West African nations to examine those leaving their countries, even though it appears we can't.
The dumbest analysis so far came recently on
Here's Quammen: "You can't isolate neighborhoods, you can't isolate nations. It doesn't work ... how dare we turn our backs on
We are "staying connected." The Obama administration may send 4,000 troops to
Public health should not be held hostage to any other consideration. The practice of quarantine -- separating the sick from the healthy -- goes back as far as the year
Failure to tell the truth about a whole range of things has contributed to public distrust, even cynicism, about government.
Take for instance the latest unemployment figures spun by the Obama administration. We are told a 5.9 percent unemployment rate and the addition of 248,000 nonfarm payroll jobs last month proves the economic recovery continues. Left out of most news coverage is a labor force participation rate of 62.7 percent, the lowest it has been since the 1970s and down from 66.1 percent in
Our leaders underestimate the ability and desire of the public to respond to the truth with sober minds. We can handle the truth, if our government will only tell it to us.