Thursday, March 03, 2005

"but I had good intentions when I blew the $2.5 million"

From the Chicago Tribune (Mary Tallon, AP):
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to buy flu vaccine overseas amounted to a $2.5 million publicity stunt that may have violated state law, some lawmakers charged Thursday.

Rep. Jack Franks, chairman of the House State Government Administration Committee, said he wants an audit of the program because the governor's aides acted as though taxpayer money was "theirs to spend without any oversight or accountability."

Testifying before Franks' committee, administration officials acknowledged that the deal leaves taxpayers on the hook for 250,000 vaccine doses at a cost of $2.5 million, even if the state never receives them.

But they defended it as an attempt to avert a potential health crisis.

"The governor's office took immediate action to ... vaccinate residents who are at the greatest risk of contracting the disease," said Ram Kamath, special advocate for prescription drugs.
Does this sound sorta familiar? Is buying vaccine that can't be used "just in case" sound like invading Iraq "just in case" it had WMD?

Should this kind of defense have a catchy nickname? The "it's unfair to hold us accountable for our actions because our intentions were good even if ever so slightly self-serving" defense....


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