How stupid can big government get? Dead body unnoticed in public pool for two days!

Dan Mitchell at The Cato Institute is rarely shocked by government incompetence. But this one takes the biscuit.

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Spot the dead body: you've got 2 days.
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Daniel J. Mitchell
On 2 July 2011 07:46

Regular readers know that I don’t have high regard for government. I’m willing to believe just about anything bad about politicians and bureaucrats, and I am not the least bit surprised when I hear horror stories about counterproductive government programs riddled with waste, fraud, and abuse.

So you can imagine that it takes something truly mind-boggling to make me lower my opinion of government.

Well, that’s happened. Apparently, a woman drowned in a government-run pool and it took two days for the bureaucrats to notice her dead body. Here are some excerpts from a Boston news report.

"The body of a Fall River woman was discovered floating in a state run pool late Tuesday night, two days after she apparently drowned in that same pool. Police say lifeguards were on duty and people were swimming in the Veterans Memorial pool at Lafayette Park Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and it appears no one noticed the dead body. …Police say Joseph was watching her 9-year-old neighbor at the pool on Sunday when she apparently had an accident sliding down a waterside. Family friends tell FOX25 the little boy told lifeguards that she did not come up from above water but no action was taken."

I actually hope this story is somehow false. Sure, I enjoy mocking the incompetence of government, but I would hate to think that lifeguards, other staff, and supervisors (not to mention other swimmers) could overlook a dead body for two days.

Daniel J. Mitchell is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, the free-market, Washington D.C. think tank. This piece is cross-posted by agreement on his blog.

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