On the one hand, the whole point of modern U.S. politics seems to be for the candidates to rip opponents to shreds.
The idea that U.S. parties should care more about the country than partisan rivalry is gone. Members of the House, in particular, seem to find excuses to clobber each other even though secretly, they probably agree with each other.
If members of the House had to unite to save the Earth from destruction by evil space aliens, they would probably do it. But only with a few seconds to spare, after many timid souls had already died from fright.
On the other hand, Zika could end up ranking up there in frightfulness with evil space aliens. It could press its luck with our immune systems and pharmaceutical companies a little too far and get vaccinated away. Or, it could educate itself, learn how to spread more efficiently from person to person, and get scarier.
It appears to have the capacity to destroy the minds of the fetuses of a high percentage of the pregnant women it infects.
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New research seems to suggest that the virus might damage of the brains of 13 percent of the pregnant women who suffer from Zika early in the course of pregnancy.
It also appears to have some capacity to cause paralysis in adults.
The idea that bickering over how the Obama administration pays for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) programs should delay the effort to keep infected mosquitoes from destroying babies’ lives and paralyzing adults is absurd.
Aside from horrifying misery Zika could cause, if, say, Zika led to permanent brain damage in about one out of 1,000 babies born in 2017, that could easily lead to about $40 billion in lifetime acute health care and long-term care (LTC) costs for those babies — 4,000 babies times $10 million in lifetime LTC costs each.