Monday, November 14, 2011

Another Obama Scandal

"First it was Fast and Furious. Then there was Solyndra. Now get ready for the Smallpox scandal. Today's Los Angeles Times reports that the Obama Administration aggressively pushed through a no-bid $440 million contract to produce 1.7 million doses of smallpox vaccine. 

The Times notes that smallpox was eradicated in 1978 and the U.S. already has "$1 billion worth of smallpox vaccine" at $3.00 a dose. But the drug to be produced under Obama's no-bid contract costs $255 a dose, and "cannot be tested for effectiveness in people because of ethical constraints -- and no one knows whether animal testing could prove it would work in humans." 

So why was it approved? Surprise, surprise -- the company that won the bid is controlled by billionaire Ronald Perelman, a major Democrat Party donor. 

Cronyism and corruption could be a major campaign theme in 2012. A new book out by Peter Schweizer of the Hoover Institution shows that fully 80% of grants made by the Obama Administration for "green jobs" projects have gone to companies "run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers.""

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families