August 25, 2010

Bedbug Outbreak - I blame Joe Biden

Bedbugs were largely eradicated in the 1950s thanks to the now-banned synthetic pesticide DDT. As the epidemic grows again, so do fears ("bedbugs" was the 44th most searched term directly on the Centers for Disease Control website in 2009). According to the Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009, bedbug populations in the United States have increased by 500-percent in the past few years. To put things in perspective, there were 537 bedbug complaints in New York in 2004 and only 82 confirmed infestations. In 2009 those numbers skyrocketed to 10,985 complaints and 4,084 confirmed infestations
New York is taking the issue seriously. After forming a 10-member Bedbug Advisory Board, mayor Michael Bloomberg released a 39-page plan outlining bedbug control efforts and resources and guidelines for building managers and residents on how to deal with issues like disposing of infested furniture. And it's not just Manhattan that is fighting back by forming committees that educate the public and business owners to help stop problems from spreading. The Central Ohio Bed Bug Task force oversees issues in Columbus and the surrounding areas. Concerned citizens in Chicago formed a bedbug policy advocacy group. Toronto Public Health provides resources to the city's citizens and co-chairs the Toronto Bed Bug Project action committee.
And just because "bed" is in the bugs' name, hotels and apartments aren't the only victims. A Denver library had to destroy rare books after a September 2009 outbreak. Manhattan saw locations for Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria's Secret close down to fight infestations in summer 2010.
Not Joe Biden.
That's bad. I blame Joe Biden. What? If he can blame Obama's awful economic record, then I can blame the bed bug problem on him. Realistically speaking, Joe Biden wasn't around to participate in the DDT ban, although he was elected in 1972, the year it was banned.  So he didn't participate. But liberals sure did.  He is a liberal. If A=B and B=C, then A=C.

If you're a liberal reading this (some have) and your peeved about the silly association, good. Enjoy.  Enjoy it with much gusto as you enjoy the 'blame Bush' meme.  Seriously though, both ideas are silly.

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