From an article at The Oregonian about how California may shutter its poison control center. Sounds like we’re not much better.
In Washington state, lawmakers have pulled 35 percent of the poison control program’s budget, forcing the layoff of its medical director. Without that position filled, the program risks losing its accreditation, which is needed to qualify for federal money.
For now, outgoing director William Hurley plans to volunteer to help keep it afloat while officials scramble for funding and consider filling the position on a part-time basis.
“We’re hoping this is a temporary problem,” Hurley said. “These cuts don’t leave us in a long-term sustainable position.”
We can’t even do basic shit like have a decent poison control center? That’s beyond pathetic. I suppose all the wee kiddies should just teach themselves to read warning labels in their overcrowded classrooms. Better yet, we can send the center out to an overseas shop but make sure the “free market” works by giving some well-connected, heavy-on-the-lobbyists firm a big old contract to farm it out for us.
This is the price we all pay when politicians make stupid, irresponsible pledges in order to get elected rather than stand up to the know-nothings.
But how good a person is Hurley for helping out gratis? Maybe he should be governor.