Thursday, February 01, 2007

Categorizing common sense

AOLNews is reporting an AP story about government unveiling its new ranking system. The "pandemic severity index" will categorize potential flu outbreaks according to possible loss of life. If more than 900,000 deaths are predicted -- a Category 5 outbreak, the new government guidelines recommend that community members avoid crowded gatherings and work from home if possible.

All right, we are talking about common sense actions here. Question: Why do we need a government bureaucracy to pronounce such recommendations to its citizens? The bureaucrats must really believe that we are simple naives in need of a big nanny to watch out over us. The sad part is that we pay for this.

My, oh, my ... We've come a long way from "Don't Tread on Me!"

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