Friday, May 01, 2009

While wiping the meringue from her eyes

Fresh from scoffing at the idea that we need to spend some money to get ready for a swine flu pandemic, Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine), tries to redeem herself:

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the committee’s top Republican, said she is not advocating a closure, but does want to see a stepped up medical presence and tighter surveillance at the border.

Earlier in the hearing, Collins noted that countries including Singapore, Thailand and Japan were being “far more aggressive in their screening,” using such technologies as thermal scanners, which can detect whether a person has a fever.

“I think there are steps that can be taken between what we’re doing now, which I do not consider to be adequate, versus closing the border,” she said.

How these steps can be taken without money was not explained by the senator.

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