At a joint Senate hearing on Sept 16, Dr. Beth Bell, director of CDC, said with regard to the ebola outbreak, "It's a disaster when it's declared a disaster".
presentation might lead one to mistake her for a conservative. But, the issue she addresses seems not to be one of 'what is the nature of the threat, and what do we need to do about it?' , rather her statement seems more to say, 'the government will decide when it's a problem, and until we do, it isn't a problem.' For progressives, a group which may or may not include Dr. Bell, reality isn't a concrete fact to be dealt with, it's a much more pliable substance that can be defined and molded to suit one's needs. Like some kind of ideological silly putty.