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Good God, now Bush is warning us to stockpile tuna and powdered milk under our beds

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Yes, bird flu is real. But after the infamous duct tape fiasco, we're to take this as anything more than an effort to get attention away from Bush's falling poll numbers?

Planning for a possible flu pandemic shouldn't be just a government task but should be a priority for all households and businesses, officials said at a statewide summit Friday.

"When you go to the store and buy three cans of tuna fish, buy a fourth and put it under the bed," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said. "When you go to the store to buy some milk, pick up a box of powdered milk, put it under the bed. When you do that for a period of four to six months, you are going to have a couple of weeks of food. And that's what we're talking about."

If the bird flu now spreading around the world ever mutates into a flu pandemic strain that spreads easily from human to human, no state or community would be immune, Leavitt said.
But there's something much more troubling about this. Bush is spending the lion's share of the government's resources on continuing the failed war in Iraq, preparing to launch a third war in Iran, and fighting unnecessary culture wars for the far-right at home, while supposedly we're all about to die a bird flu epidemic?


If bird flu is real, then treat it as real. If the country joins the world in facing a threat that could kill tens of millions of people, then wouldn't the Bush administration's time be better spent focusing on real threats to America's well-being, rather than keeping us safe from contraceptive pills, gay marriage, and naughty nipples on TV?

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