“The sky is falling, the sky is falling.” Cried Chicken Little.
How quickly we adults forget the lessons of childhood. The new crisis (that we should not let go to waste) is being foisted upon us with dire predictions of a global catastrophe. Spurred on by an administration trying to direct our attention away from its ever-increasing lust for power, and assisted by a more than willing media, Americans are being duped again. “The pandemic is coming, the pandemic is coming.” Cry the headlines.
Let’s get some facts (I know libs don’t like those pesky facts. They always manage to get in the way):
As of this writing, there are 6,777,220,110 people alive on Planet Earth; there have been 717 reported (not confirmed) cases of swine flu, mexican flu (for the politically incorrect) or, as our sympathetic to our illegal immigrant population administration calls it–the H1N1 virus. Now I did go to public school, so thank God I have a calculator. That is exactly .00000010579% of the world’s population. Out of that 717, only 10 unlucky folks have died. That’s 10 deaths out of over 6 billion people! That’s not a pandemic; it’s not even an epidemic, a trend or a surge.
It’s estimated that between 250,000 to 500,000 lives are lost each year to the regular old common flu. That’s somewhere between 25,000 and 50,000 times the number of dead from the swine flu and nobody seems to care a whit about it.
No fanfares, no blistering news reports on CNN of a worldwide regular old flu pandemic. Nope, just hundreds of thousands of poor souls ignored because there is no crisis that we can let go to waste.