Thursday, November 05, 2009

Wall Street Swine

Federal officials finally targeted Wall Street swine for intervention, only it's not the SEC or Justice Department calling. It's public health with H1N1 flu shots. While doctors, nurses, pregnant women and other high risk groups wait for vaccine, Goldman Sachs and CitiBank received 1,400 doses.

Don't say the Government-Industrial Monstrosity, Eisenhower's MIC on steroids, won't take care of its own. The GIM is way past the military, now encompassing infrastructure, financial, and health care industries. It's a remarkably insular group, where money and favors freely flow.

While I may have said "stick it to 'em," I didn't mean inoculate them from contagion.

Update: HHS contracted with The Carlyle Group's Booz, Allen & Hamilton for Vaccine Management Business Improvement. The contract began in 2005 and was renewed in 2008. The system sets criteria for who gets vaccine and directs shipments from manufacturers. Are the big money boys looking after one another?

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