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Which are the Worst Bloodsuckers: Bedbugs or Politicians?

Lest you fear that the government is unprepared to address the next scourge sure to shake the nation to its core, rest assured that federal officials are using your tax dollars to address the serious problem of . . . bedbugs.  According to an Associated Press article,

With the most effective pesticides banned, the government is trying to figure out how to respond to the biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II.

Bedbugs live in the crevices and folds of mattresses, sofas and sheets. Then, most often before dawn, they emerge to feed on human blood.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently hosted its first-ever National Bed Bug Summit.  And, as the AP article reports, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) is planning to reintroduce legislation to "expand grant programs to help public housing authorities cope with infestations."  The bill will be called the-- I kid you not--"Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite Act."

It seems that the real bloodsuckers are the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington wasting taxpayer money on such programs.  Then again, wasn't it the Founding Fathers who said that "all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness--and the Freedom from Bedbugs"?

Adam Summers is Senior Policy Analyst

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Comments to "Which are the Worst Bloodsuckers: Bedbugs or Politicians?":

gil gingell | April 21, 2009, 7:10am | #

And all they need to do is use some Blitz Bed Bugs and they will go away 100% mortality within 48 hours. so what's the problem!
However it is harmless to politicians and bureaucrats sorry.

Philip Moseley | April 21, 2009, 11:01am | #

. . .Blitz Bed Bugs is 100% natural, it doesn't rely upon banned pesticides.
However, when it comes to Politicians the only remedy is "sack the bloody lot of 'em. . ."
did anyone hear Margaret Beckett this morning on Radio 5? As she was told after next week she will probably be earning half what she does presently - you could physically hear the blood drain from her on live radio, a brilliant moment.Phil

Ant... | April 21, 2009, 11:11am | #

I've tried both - Politicians(SUCK) Blitz (WORKS)

Peter | April 21, 2009, 3:41pm | #

Maintaining public health, like policing the community, is one of the few functions that government is uniquely qualified to perform. Before you mock efforts to control the "biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II" you might want to consider what the alternative is. Or perhaps you'd prefer a "free market" approach to the problem: lay off all the government workers involved in this project, and then hire them back via a private contractor at the same salary plus a 20% pass through rate.

Christopher | April 21, 2009, 4:29pm | #

*Somebody* lives in the burbs and has never had bedbugs.

DavidT | April 22, 2009, 12:28am | #

Obviously Megan McArdle is an Eevul Socialist:

"I know I'm a squish, but isn't this the sort of thing that governments should do? Pest infestations are genuine public health problems--the kind where your tolerating a bedbug infestation means that I might end up with critters. Indeed, I'm stalking a mouse right now that seems to be feasting in the neighboring row house, then coming over to our place to sleep. Public health has made titanic achievements in sanitation, under which rubric pest infestations fall, and even most libertarians recognize this.

"Maybe you don't think we ought to have public housing. But as long as we do, isn't it a good thing that we're trying to keep it from being the epicenter of a bedbug epidemic?"


F | April 28, 2009, 7:43pm | #


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