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.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?
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.
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...
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