The local news reported this morning that in Utah only 3 percent of the population has received their H1N1 (swine flu) vaccination. I for one have opted not to get the vaccination thinking that I am not at high risk, I work from home most of the time and frankly, it's the flu. It happens. Fewer people have died from swine flu than they do from the seasonal influenza virus so I don't buy into the "hype" either.
The news report mentioned a poll that asked if the poor response with swine flu vaccinations had any negative effect on Obama. Republicans voted on the poll and democrats voted. It seems that both parties feel that the flu is not something that should be politicized. Well I say everything can be politicized.
What I say is, if the swine flu is really a national emergency as Obama has declared it to be so, then only 3 percent of our local population being treated is a terrible response to a national emergency. What if only 3 percent of people were treated or given protection during hurricane Katrina in New Orleans? What if 3 percent of the people were shielded from the 9/11 terror attacks? What if someone poisoned our drinking water supply and only 3 percent of the people were able to get remedy from that emergency?
So either the swine flu isn't really a national emergency and Obama is using this as some sort of power play or political opportunity to show he is "taking care of America's health", or the swine flu is a national emergency and the government has failed miserably to combat the problem. If swine flu is not a national emergency, then Obama has abused his power and turned this issue into a waste of government funds and is the political equivalent to "the boy who cried wolf." If there is a national emergency and the government's swine flu response is what we can expect as protection from our government, consider yourself dead - at least 97 percent of us that is. And we are lead to believe that national health care is a good idea?