WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration will conduct a meeting this fall to hear Americans’ advice on how to stem a wave of unsafe imports from China and other countries, officials said on Thursday. The all-day meeting on October 1 at the Agriculture Department in Washington is designed to gather suggestions about how the government and companies can better ensure the safety of imported food and other products
An Agriculture Department official said comments from October’s meeting, made in person or teleconference, will contribute to the second report which will set out specific actions the government can take to safeguard against perilous products.
Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t coming up with ideas on how to ensure food safety something we pay the government to do? I’m really glad about this open door policy and all but we’re kinda spending hundreds of millions of dollars to fund entire government agencies which then turn around, spread their arms and ask us for suggestions? If a government agency solicits us for suggestions, they had better begin refunding some serious tax dollars.
Right now this smacks of three things
1. A publicity attempt to make the public feel involved while the government does nothing
2. An attempt to paint whatever report they come up with as something drawn from the will of the american people, based on the suggestions they cherrypicked (See LMDC World Trade Center rebuilding)
3. Absolute cluelessness
Back in WW2 when the British government solicited the public for ideas on stopping the bombing, it was indeed a sign of desperation and the suggestions such as positioning a mirror to reflect the sky and fool the bombers, tended to be useless
Right now we have a real problem and that means the government needs to take action instead of taking meetings