The threat of bioterrorism is real. Every day, Americans from all walks of life live under the constant threat of contracting smallpox grown in the labs of tinpot dictators around the world, and smuggled in containers as small as a tube of toothpaste or an ounce bottle of 5 Hour Energy. That is why programs like the one to stockpile Smallpox Drugs are so vitally important to National Security.

As usual, the tax cut ingrates are out in force opposing this, questioning why we even need to protect ourselves from smallpox when there is a $3 per dose vaccine already stockpiled. Or pointing out that the new drug is still experimental and has never been tested in humans. In other words, they are questioning the work of the brave scientists of Siga Technologies Inc., and their intrepid senior shareholder, billionaire Ronald O. Perelman.

But for a mere $443 million put up by taxpayers, billionaires like Perleman wouldn’t think it worth their time or effort to risk their huge amounts of capital on companies like Siga Technologies, and that is why we had to bring out the big guns. Andy Stern, formerly of SEIU, joined the SIGA board of directors in 2010. At the price of $255 per dose for a life, Americans can rest easy about the threat of bioterrorism from smallpox.

So a big THANK YOU to American taxpayers for helping to make it financially safe for billionaires like Ronald Perleman to produce a smallpox drug. Plus it has the side benefits of protecting our dairy workers from contracting smallpox at the farm. But the tax cut ingrates refuse to see that. It is as if the greediest among us cannot acknowledge true sacrifice.