Austin Hill

Where did the swine flu vaccinations go?

They went the way of the “stimulus money” – that is to say, they were sent here, and shipped there. And, of course, they were “administered” and “disbursed” and “distributed” by high ranking officials who work in very important positions in vital departments of our U.S. Government.

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But nobody in our government – no one, specific individual – can say with certainty how many flu shots there are, or where they are, or where they might be headed. And the same is true for the billions of dollars that were entailed in President Obama’s all-important, so-called “stimulus bill.”

On a weekend where the U.S. Congress is inching closer and closer to legislating (against the collective will of the American people, I might add) a government-run healthcare system, the flu shot fiasco should provide a vivid illustration of just how inept government is – our U.S . Federal Government specifically in this case, but government, in general, as well - at distributing vital goods and services.

Owing to the discovery of “swine flu” here in the U.S. by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano declared a “Public Health Emergency” during the last week of April. A few days after making her “emergency” declaration, Secretary Napolitano, in a seeming contradiction, stated in a press conference on May 4th that the “swine flu” is actually no more dangerous than “the regular flu.”

Then in July, federal health officials stepped-up the “emergency” rhetoric again by announcing that 160 million doses of a swine flu vaccination would be available by the end of October. On October 7th, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius assured Americans that the vaccination is “safe and secure” and admonished all Americans to get a shot. And on October 25th, President Obama himself declared, not a “Public Health Emergency,” but this time a “National Emergency” over the swine flu.

Austin Hill

Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.