It was inevitable. First, they went after the public school teachers, successfully labeling them as overpaid moochers who worked the system, enjoyed “no-show” jobs, and rested comfortably on padded pensions they didn’t deserve. Now they are going after health care workers, volunteers who join groups like Doctors Without Borders and Samaritan’s Purse and journey to the gates of Hell, Ebola ground zero in West Africa.
Governor Christie has diagnosed Nurse Kaci Hickox as “obviously sick” and has ordered her confined to a hospital in New Jersey in an isolation tent, even though she is completely asymptomatic. It began with the noxious Trump commenting that any doctor who goes to West Africa as a volunteer deserves to be barred from the US. Now craven politicians like Christie are demanding that these volunteers be isolated, even without evidence or diagnosis, and against the advice of scientists and physicians.
In part, this is Christie and his partner Cuomo, playing up to fears in an election year critical for them both. In large measure, however, this is part of the trend toward denigrating anyone whose annual compensation is less than that of say, Carl Icahn. We hear it a lot-if you choose to go into teaching or nursing, or social services, or research science, then deal with the fact that your compensation will be low, your working conditions continually degrading, and your job security justifiably iffy. After all, in the world today the philosophy is “you eat what you kill” and elementary school teachers and nurses are at the bottom, not the top, of the food chain.
The irony is that Nurse Kaci Hickox flew to West Africa and actually helped curb a dreaded disease. She flew to New Jersey and was defeated by an unstoppable wall-the cynical politics of our time.