Showing posts with label Immigration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Immigration. Show all posts

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vaccinations and the Wealthy




I took this shot a few weeks ago when visiting the Tyson's Corner mall. This advertisement was prominently displayed and targeted at the wealthy patrons of one of the most high-end malls on the East Coast.




There are probably nicer malls and malls with more elite clientele, but you would have a hard time outclassing Tyson's Corner. This ad wasn't directed at anyone who doesn't already make a comfortable living, by the way. Given the rules for public schools and the improved access to medical care (thanks to Obamacare and other reforms), those who make less money have more of an incentive and opportunity to vaccinate their children. America still lags behind much of the world, of course. Immigrant children from Guatemala are more likely to be vaccinated against disease than children from Texas.





This sign had me wondering--are we ever going to reach wealthier people who insist on avoiding immunizations against disease? Have we lost the Whole Foods crowd entirely, despite the science and the need for common sense? 





If you're seeing mall ads like this one, then we have lost too many people to the idea that they do not need to participate in the betterment of society. Their status has isolated them from the economic and social realities of modern life. I don't think they are reachable anymore--the idea that parents know what is best for their kids, and that their kids are somehow "too good" for the same immunizations given to "regular" children is an idea like racism. No matter how hard you try, you're not going to convince people that they're not special.

Anyway, I think these ads are useless. Far too many people have caught on to the belief that they are wealthy because they are special and thus do not need to do what everyone else has done. We are looking at a future where fighting diseases that we nearly wiped out is going to look like a bad science fiction movie.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Remember When Conservatives Wanted Latin American Kids to Come Here?




I remember when there was a kid named Elian Gonzalez, and I remember when he came here as an illegal immigrant. I remember how conservatives railed against the rule of law, which forced him to go back to Cuba to live with his communist relatives. They didn't scream at him and tell him to go. They hid him in a closet and tried to keep the government from sending him back to where he came from. I remember how they went crazy and hated the government and ignored the actual laws and wanted him to stay so he could live a better life in this country.

What happened?

Oh, yeah. That's right. Instead of Cuba, the new wave of little kids comes from Central America where they are fleeing the predators in violent gangs, and where they are trying to get away from narco-terrorists. And not only are they not coming here to seek freedom, they're bringing their diseases with them, right?

Except that they're not:

With thousands of children from Central America arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, an old plague is once again sweeping the country—the fear of the diseased immigrant.


“Our schools cannot handle this influx, we don’t even know what all diseases they have,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)said recently. “Our health care systems can’t withstand this influx.” [Except that they can, thanks to Obamacare]


Fox News commentator Cal Thomas asks, for example, if “the unaccompanied minors pouring over the border…have brought with them proof of vaccination?” Thomas accuses the border-crossers of harboring vaccine-preventable diseases such as “mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus and diphtheria.”


Before demonizing undocumented children, we should look at the facts: The vast majority of Central Americans are vaccinated against all these diseases. Governments concerned about health, and good parents investing in their kids, have made Central American kids better-vaccinated than Texan kids. We fear them not because they are actually sick, but because of powerful anti-immigration narratives that link foreigners to disease.


Consider, for example, Guatemala. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Guatemalan kids are more likely than Texans to be immunized for most infectious diseases. Guatemala has universal health care. Vaccines are 100 percent funded by the government.


By comparison, one in six kids in Texas is uninsured, and even insured families often must pay for vaccination. That means that many Texas kids fall behind on vaccinations, or miss them altogether when their family can’t afford a doctor’s visit. Other families refuse vaccination.


Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, a Fox News commentator and former director of the ultra-conservative political group Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, writes in the McAllen Monitor that measles is among the “diseases the United States had controlled or virtually eradicated” that are “carried across the border by this tsunami of illegals.”


Fact check: UNICEF reports that 93 percent of kids in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are vaccinated against measles. That’s better than American kids (92 percent).

Oh, but American Exceptionalism and They're Going to Take All the Jobs and They're Going to Get Welfare Checks All Day Long. The bullshit gets so thick you can't even stand looking at a computer half the time. Thanks again, Jenny McCarthy.




Good God. 





You mean that Texas is now a third world country run by lunatics? Again, this happens? And that means it's time for the citizens of Texas to vote in another Republican who will continue to destroy the environment, the education system, and give handouts to corporations? Again?

I guess so.

Somewhere in Cuba a young man is grateful he didn't end up living in a Florida subdivision where you can shot for walking around with Skittles. And he's probably thrilled he didn't end up in Texas, either.