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Late breaking, but hardly surprising, corruption news, reported by the ever-so-liberal Los Angeles Times, no less:


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Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal: A company controlled by a longtime political donor gets a no-bid contract to supply an experimental remedy for a threat that may not exist.

It seems that in spite of being caught flat-footed and red-handed pouring taxpayer dollars into failing, mismanaged, Democrat-donor run “green” energy company Solyndra, the Obama-Soetoro Gang threw caution to the wind, and engineered a highly unethical and perhaps also illegal deal for another fat cat Democrat donor.

Siga Technologies is run by one of the richest men on the planet, ranked 52nd richest in 2010, and thus, clearly a One-percenter, billionaire and long-time Democrat and big donor, Ronald O. Perelman. It is ironic how many big Democratic donors are the same super-rich Jews that anti-Semitic Occupy Wall Street protesters hate so much. But I digress….

Siga was trying to get a contract to sell the government 1.7 million doses of smallpox vaccine, but ran into some major problems. For example, their drug is experimental and has never been tested on humans, so no one has any idea of whether or not it works. Then, there’s the fact that smallpox was eradicated, wiped out, back in 1978, except for small samples kept locked away by the Russians and us. And to top it off, Siga wanted $255 per dose, for a total of $433,500,000.

For us as taxpayers, another huge question is why this came up at all. It seems that the government already has a billion-dollar stockpile of a smallpox vaccine that is known to work. With only a vague and extremely remote possibility that somehow a terrorist group might get their hands on live smallpox virus — a possibility which the LA Times reports, “There is no credible evidence that any other country or a terrorist group possesses smallpox” — it looks as if this is a needless project to begin with.


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Even before they rigged the deal so Siga and Perelman would get it, this thing stank like month-old fish.

Apparently several other companies put in bids significantly lower, so the Obama-Soetoro Gang changed the rules to make Siga the only bidder under a sole source procurement. It is amazing how easily government regulations can be bent and twisted, when the benders and twisters are powerful Democrats. One wonders, too, where money for this patently political payoff was supposed to come from? Yet the Obama-Soetoro/Reid/Pelosi cabal demand that we continue to raise the debt ceiling, when it should be obvious to even the most willfully blind that vast majority of the money is going into the pockets of their fat cat and big union puppet masters.

It calls to mind a similar Obama scandal. The National Biodefense Safety Board (NBSB) recently voted to move forward with an administration plan to test an anthrax vaccine on American children. Bioethicists warn the vaccine could prove deadly. The administration rigged a recent application in favor of PharmAthene, Inc. of Annapolis, Maryland. The firm and its owners have donated more than $100,000 to the Democratic Party and its candidates, including Barack Obama, over the last decade.

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