It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mike Pence to the rescue. Are you at home cowering behind a locked door? Work up your courage. Take of your surgical mask and head on down to your local Big Box store and rub elbows with the people of Walmart. Pence is in charge. What could possibly go wrong?
Perhaps you think I’m overconfident here. However, I can assure you that I’m not. Mike Pence has a long history in public health and science. Let’s take a look at his handling of some other crises, shall we?
Mike Pence on smoking and public health.
Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill. In fact, 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer.
Mike Pence on Greenhouse Gases.
Mike has always respected science. Hence, when the government tried to tell you that greenhouse gases were causing warming, he objected. After all, we aren’t the only ones making them. Thus they couldn’t be the cause.
Environmentalists claim that certain ‘greenhouse gases’ like carbon dioxide are mucking up the atmosphere and causing the earth to gradually warm. Despite the fact that CO2 is a naturally occurring phenomenon in nature, the greenpeace folks want to blame it all on coal (another natural mineral) and certain (evil) coal burning power plants.
Mike Pence on HIV.
In 2015, an HIV epidemic was spreading through an Indiana county. It was fueled by intravenous drug use. However, Indiana law prevented needle exchanges. Fortunately, Governor Pence was in charge. When people pressured him to suspend that law, he reacted.
Pence opposed that solution. He believed, despite research to the contrary, that needle exchanges promoted illegal drug use.
Nearly three months into the outbreak, Pence, under mounting pressure, told aides on March 23, 2015 that he would pray about his decision that night at the governor’s mansion.
3 days later, Pence approved the exchange. However, by then the disease had spread to over 200 people in a town of over 2,400.
So who should be in charge?
Pretty much anyone other than Mike Pence. Preferably someone with medical experience. Moreover, someone who believes in science wouldn’t be a bad choice. Here’s a crazy idea. How about a doctor? Or perhaps someone who runs a medical lab at a college or university.