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May 18, 2009

Attack of the Bedbugs

McClatchy reports that doom is descending on America in the form of a plague of bedbugs:

The biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II has sent a collective shudder among apartment dwellers, college students and business travelers across the nation. The bugs — reddish brown, flat and about the size of a grain of rice — suck human blood.

But speaking of bloodsuckers, government bureauweenies are on the case:

Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield just introduced legislation that would authorize $50 million that's already in the Department of Commerce budget to train health inspectors how to recognize signs of the insects.
The Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009 also would require public housing agencies to submit bedbug inspection plans to the federal government. It would add bedbugs to a rodent and cockroach program in the Department of Health and Human Services. It also would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research bedbugs' impact on public mental health.

It doesn't take much to upset the mental health of Democrats' constituents. The EPA has gotten involved too, by holding a "bedbug summit."

The EPA comes up again in paragraph 21 of the 22-paragraph article, where we discover what caused the bedbug outbreak:

Since the EPA restricted the use of several effective pesticides in the 1980s, bedbugs have built resistance to the chemicals that now are on the market, said [Michael] Potter, [a] University of Kentucky entomologist.

Surprise: this problem that bureaucrats want to spend $millions of our money to solve was caused by bureaucrats. It's reassuring to know that Big Government is always there to hand you a crutch at your own expense after breaking your leg.

Brought to you by the EPA.

On a tip from Franco.

Posted by Van Helsing at May 18, 2009 7:48 AM


Barak the blood sucking bedbug.

Posted by: Greg at May 18, 2009 9:32 AM

Bedbug vote for Democrats.

Posted by: LoneWolfArcher at May 18, 2009 9:48 AM

if bedbugs would control their population by abortion, the problem would be solved

Posted by: eat me at May 18, 2009 10:23 AM

yea, which is worse, having bugs in your bed or having bedbugs abort their unborn young??

Posted by: Anonymous at May 18, 2009 10:24 AM

The banning of DDT has resulted in the death of millions world-wide from Malaria. And now this. Envirowhackos strike again. It's ALWAYS the unintended consequences.

Posted by: Karin at May 18, 2009 10:28 AM

When the Federal bureaucracy allows the rise of that noted parasite, Cimex lectularius, it is only professional courtesy. Nothing to see here, please move along.

Posted by: Viking04 at May 18, 2009 10:32 AM

Your so right about that one KARIN that facts are the RACHEAL CARSON lied big time in her book SILENT SPRING and a good pesticide was banned becuase of a BIG FAT GREEN LIE

Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at May 18, 2009 11:18 AM

The only thing that comes to mind is the saying "Crazy as a bedbug".

Posted by: Bear at May 18, 2009 1:04 PM

"The biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II"

Is that right? I thought there was a serious outbreak back in the 60s not just of bedbugs but all kinds of things basic hygiene had controlled until the hippie generation decided clean was not cool.

Posted by: bertie at May 18, 2009 5:14 PM

You'd think Democrats would extend professional courtesy to bedbugs, and make common cause with them. There's plenty of productive people's blood to go around.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 18, 2009 5:54 PM

Banning DDT has lead to the resurgance of malaria and bed bugs. Banning the sale of produce from genetically altered seeds has lead to starvation in Africa. Banning the hunting of predatory animals has lead to the overkilling of other species. Banning logging to save the spotted owl led to wide spread job losses and the economic collapse of the logging community and the towns they supported in the northwest. Banning hunting has lead to widespread forest damage and starvation of deer in many parts of the northeast. Saving a fish has cut off water to southern California and farmers are going belly up. Mandating bio-fuels has lead to a food shortages and food riots in Central and South America and an increase in the clear cutting of the Amazon basin rain forest to grow crops to turn into bio-fuels. Environmental extremism has given us the myth of man made global warming which they promise to cured with higher taxes and a lower standard of living, especially hard hit will be the poorest amoung us. Homes and businesses have been burned to the ground in the name of saving the planet. Overkill by environmentalist wackos has starved and killed millions people around the world (second only to war), destroyed the economic lives of people, damaged the economies around the world and has damaged the planet they profess to love. All this destruction in my lifetime and they arrogantly accuse anyone who dare question their policies of not caring or just hating the earth.

Posted by: tired of liberal lies at May 18, 2009 11:35 PM