If only there was someone around who could educate the American public about the actual level of risk. Someone who was trusted as a public health expert and whose job it was to help us understand what we really need to worry about and what precautions we should take.And yet:
Actually, that is one of the primary responsibilities of the United States surgeon general. There’s just one problem: Thanks to Senate dysfunction and NRA opposition, we don’t have a surgeon general right now. In fact, we haven’t had a surgeon general for more than a year now — even though the president nominated the eminently qualified Dr. Vivek Murthy back in November 2013.
Surgeon general nominee Vivek Murthy, opposed by gun lobby, confirmed
President Obama's pick to serve as the next surgeon general was confirmed Monday evening more than a year and half after being nominated, the first of nearly a half dozen of the president's picks set for confirmation this week as Democrats prepare to cede control of the U.S. Senate.So, basically, the media was/is full of s**t. Back when they were claiming that the NRA was responsible for holding up Murthy's nomination, that was a big wet sack of horse manure lie. Nothing changed in the Senate from the time that first story came out. Heck, nothing changed in the Senate from the initial nomination of Murthy.
Senators voted 51 to 43 to confirm Vivek Murthy, a Harvard and Yale-educated doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, whose nomination had been in limbo amid concerns about his experience, and opposition from the gun lobby.
Except, of course, that in about a month the Senate gets handed over to the GOP. You know, the party that the American people overwhelmingly elected last month? And before the Senate changes hands, it's one big middle finger to the GOP and the people that elected them. Top. Men. They could have confirmed Murthy literally at any time after he was nominated. ANY. TIME. Yet they didn't, because by and large the Surgeon General position is a useless figurehead, and far better for it to be a bludgeon with which to beat the GOP about the head and shoulders should something go wrong.
Like, you know, letting a bunch of people from a region experiencing an ebola outbreak come to the U.S. with no rules of quarantine...
Don't change the rules. Keep them exactly as Harry Reid changed them. No more "nuclear option." They're the ones that removed it when they were in power. Let them deal with the consequences of their actions now that they are no longer the majority party. This is one of the few battles you can win - it is THEIR actions that did this. You quite literally need to do NOTHING - why should you change the rules back?
Just sit back and - for once - let the Democrats reap the consequences they have sown...
That is all.