The UNHealthy Home Economist
I have seen references to an entity known as Sarah, “The Healthy Home Economist”, from time to time around the anti-vax world, but this time she caught my attention. Somehow, this person has attracted over 60,000 likes to her Facebook page, on which she opines on everything from nutrition to vaccinations. This despite the fact that she has no training in any area even remotely related to science or health. Rather, she has a BA in economics and a graduate degree in “governmental administration” from Penn, a school which she cannot resist emphasizing is an Ivy. As a side note, I have always found that those who feel compelled to brag about their university are usually the least qualified to do much of anything, but that’s for another day.
Sarah’s latest rant is in regard to a change in Australia’s law that would deprive any family that refuses to vaccination their children from a tax benefit. It’s not a paltry figure, either, as the total benefit may add up to $2000/child. For what it’s worth, I applaud PM Kevin* Rudd for forcing this issue out into the open and taking action. He is a total boss, and I am sure he is thrilled with my support and will print out this post and put it on his fridge and stuff.
But anyway, not surprisingly, the apparently ill-informed “Home Economist” disagrees with my position on this topic. On her blog, she states that
“One wonders if doctors like Dr. Steve Hambleton spouting their nonscientific propaganda all in the name of science would be surprised to learn that immunization rates below 50% have existed for decades without any resurgence in widespread epidemics? [emphasis hers]“.
I was absolutely thrilled to see that she had a source for this claim, until I read further and saw that the source was the dubious Russell Blaylock, about whom you can read more here and here. One wonders if Sarah could discern a person who is “spouting their nonscientific propaganda all in the name of science” if that person walked up and stared back at her from a mirror.
Regardless, I’m not sure at all why the Healthy Home Economist would be bothered in the least by the enforcement of a law that, let’s face it, is little more than a slap on the wrist for the types of people who eschew vaccination. These people tend to be middle class, white, and suffering from a blazing entitlement complex.
Thanks for stopping by, reader.
* Thanks Retro for the correction!