I know you are all waiting anxiously for the latest statistics on the Swine Flu Epidemic. (In case you forget, there was a Swine Flu pandemic going on!)
The World Health Organization has reported that as of mid December 2009, just over 10,000 people have died from causes related to Swine Flu. That is a large number of people, but far less than the average +/- 36,000 people that die yearly from the ordinary, typical, run-of-the-mill winter flu.
What is also fascinating is that the vaccine can not be credited with keeping the numbers down as the vaccine was very late in making its way to the needed marketplaces, and in millions of cases the vaccine was useless and consequently recalled.
So what was all the hoopla about? Why were there WHO comparisons to the 1918 epidemic that took 40 million lives around the world? Why were there predictions that hospitals would be pushed to the limits in trying to handle the predicted 90 million cases of which 1.8 million people will need to be hospitalized?
The truth is that at this point there are only 7 US states left showing any signs of widespread cases. The great big scare that the media and government used to get everyone worked into a frenzy is over. Was the prepackaged panic used as a tool to help Obama and the Moonbat liberals push the House and Senate versions of the ObamaCare health reform bill? Ron Paul thought so back in April and he said this:
“Step back and think for a minute before rushing and panicking” is the message coming from Texas Congressman Ron Paul who has warned that the swine flu scare will once again be used as a precedent for big government intrusion.
“It makes me think back to 1976, the first year I served in the Congress,” Paul has said in a video update. “We had a vote on the swine flu. Back then there was panic, they said it was going to sweep the nation and they rapidly came up with some flu shots and the government was going to inoculate everybody and save the world from this disaster.”
In other words, government was wrong about it back in 1976 and they were wrong about it again this year. It’s a bad thing when government doesn’t learn from its own mistakes. Government doesn’t have the intellectual bandwidth to predict problems and it doesn’t have the faintest idea how to solve the problems once they happen.
But its hard to determine whether government didn’t learn from its mistake, or whether government purposely got people in a panic. There are some that benefited from all the hoopla. They are the drug companies, Chemists, Soap and tissue manufacturers, health advice firms and, of course, the media. But know that for every dollar those organizations gained we gave something up in tax dollars. Perhaps nobody will be charged with calculating the total government cost of preparing for the disaster that never happened. But can’t we all agree that it will end up in the $10s, perhaps $100s, of billions.
Government and the mainstream news media has successfully yanked our chain one more time. They will keep doing it as long as we keep letting them. They will do it with Y2K, Global Warming, Health care, and pretty much anything else they can use to separate you from your hard earned cash. Isn’t it time to make it stop?