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Article posted: 12/13/2012 4:40 AM

Meningitis outbreak not Tea Party's fault

Ah, the Tea Party did it again. The FDA, short of funding, was not able to shut down a company after 460 cases of fungal meningitis were reported. If the FDA had been properly funded it could have shut down a New England Compounding Co. back in 2005. A writer offered that in the Fence Post recently, adding that the Republicans, with Tea Party activists pushing for conservative government spending, would not endorse the idea of providing extra funds for the FDA and other government agencies.

The writer goes on to say, as a result, people were needlessly put at risk and some 35 have died due to the right-wing ideology that big government is bad. I have to wonder how much responsibility belongs with the workforce of this company and their management?

Most companies that produce a product for sale have product liability insurance to cover any unexpected damage to a user of their product. Why would a government agency be needed? Excessive claims by injured consumers would trigger an investigation by the insurance company and that should have corrected the issue.

The Tea Party is fighting for fiscal responsibility. That is it. How can that make these Tea Party folks responsible for the poor and possible dangerous product made by a workforce that is not responsible enough to turn out a good product?

Remember the date of 2005? Sir, the Tea Party did not exist back then.

Ron Petrucci

St. Charles

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