A recent Reuters article reports that 2012 is turning out to be a very bad year for the West Nile virus (click here). As part of their efforts to combat the spread of disease, the Centers for Disease Control helps the states "develop and carry out improved mosquito prevention and control programs," and suggests various mosquito population control measures (see, e.g., http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/wnv_factSheet.htm).
During the Great Depression, both the WPA and CCC worked on mosquito control projects. Today, we have a mosquito problem and about 5 million long-term unemployed Americans.
Is it just me, or does anyone else think we used to be a lot better at connecting the dots?