Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Shocked Face Is Around Here Somewhere...

Fortunately, this story doesn't surprise me in the least, so I don't need it...

Homeland Security botched pandemic preparedness : U.S. report
The Department of Homeland Security failed to assess the supplies it needed to deal with a potential pandemic and now has expired stockpiles including medications, 200,000 respirators and 4,184 bottles of hand sanitizers, an inspector general report showed.

The department bought 16 million surgical masks and 350,000 white coverall suits without establishing the need for them, according to its inspector general's report, which included photographs of stacks of unopened boxes piled high in a storeroom.
More than 80% of the antivirus medication will expire in less than one year. Hear that? That's the sound of our tax dollars being pissed away. Any bets on whether or not anyone will be disciplined for this gross dereliction of duty?

Okay, okay, stop laughing.

And yet this is the same federal government that some feel is the only entity qualified to entrust with our health care. The same people that can't perform basic tasks like rotate stock on medicine - vital medicine necessary to the security of the nation, mind you - are going to magically become competent and not-shiftless and lazy when it comes time to administer health care.

I see you've stopped laughing, now...


That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

5 comments:

Ted said...

The explanation is simple. As a senior government official explained to me.

"No one ever got re-elected / promoted by promising to " rotate the stock / maintain the Bridge /. Clean the park / etc.".

You get elected / promoted by pointing out what a screwup the last guy was and how you will be better.

Anonymous said...

Government run healthcare, we already have a working example.

Tricare.

Let that sink in.

We let the government run healthcare for all and we get the VA.

We need to fix the VA before we even THINK about taking over healthcare for all. (and sooner rather than later)

Joseph in IL

Anonymous said...

Anybody thinking about shipping that stuff to Africa where it's needed?

ProudHillbilly said...

Um... the facemasks...During a hyped-up bug thing a few years ago some people started wearing surgical facemasks on public transportation and such. The problem being that the generally available masks have a mesh that is larger than the bug that was going around. Soooo....

I have worked for the gummit for nearly 35 years. ARE LIBERALS INSANE?!

Geodkyt said...

ProudHillbilly -- but the masks could provide some protection.

Mostly, protection from the guy wearing the mask, as on first sneeze or cough, the bug is likely not fully aerolsilized and is traveling in a mucous bubble.