Channel: ABC News
Date: April 30, 2009
Jonathan Karl: Everywhere on Capitol Hill, members of Congress are raising concerns about swine flu and the Vice President is even saying that he told his family members not to fly on airplanes. But we found one member of Congress who says basically don’t worry about it. Let’s hear what he has to say.
Congressman Ron Paul, thanks for talking with us.
Ron Paul: Okay, very good.
Jonathan Karl: Now, you think we’re going a little bonkers on this swine flu story?
Ron Paul: Well, no doubt about it. I think so. It’s way overboard. Hysteria prevails. I think more harm will come from this attempt to calm the spread of the spread of this infection than the infection itself. So far, there is no evidence that people should be panicking, even though as a physician, I think flu is serious. You know, thousands of people die every year from the flu, but not from the swine flu. I think last year, 37,000 people died from the flu and 644 people died from tuberculosis with 13,000 cases of tuberculosis. I mean, we have all kinds of problems to worry about.
So far, this hasn’t proven to be a whole lot worse than the cold. They claimed so many cases up in New York. Well, but nobody has been admitted, and then WHO comes out, the World Health Organization comes and said, “Oh, there’s 152 deaths” and today I think they’ve changed that, “Oh, there were only seven.”
Now, you know, every time some dies and who happened to have flu, it doesn’t mean that the flu is the only cause. Maybe they had a weakening condition for some other reason. Maybe they had a heart condition. So this is very unscientific. This is all political grandstanding.
Jonathan Karl: The governor of Texas declared a state of emergency over this.
Ron Paul: Well, yeah, I think he’s jumped the gun and it sounds like he’s confused or he wants to get some attention or something. The whole idea of not allowing these kids to finish the baseball season is a little bit crazy.
Jonathan Karl: Wait, they’ve actually cut off the baseball season?
Ron Paul: They’ve cut off the baseball season. Now, I would advise as a physician, if you have some kids, and you say, “what’s the best thing?” I would say keep up your regular routine, make sure they’ve got a lot of sleep, feed them adequately and make sure they go out and play baseball and get into the sun and they’ll probably be a lot better off than if you say, “Oh, don’t move.”
What are the kids going to do? If they don’t go to school, they’re going to get together and if they’re can’t be outside playing, they might be inside looking at video games and exposing each other. So the only attendant consequences of government actions are just overwhelmingly bad. It’s foreign policy, economic policy, or now, the management of healthcare through UN mandates, it’s just outrageous.