What it says about the government is that it is either (a) astonishingly inept or (b) astonishingly uncaring about the population it is supposed to represent. Personally, I think it's a little of both. (You can see this starkly in the government's illegal importation of multitudes of kids from Central America, with basically no health screening or precautions.)
The dumbing down of American kids, starting with the baby boomer generation (talkin' 'bout MY generation) in our elementary school years, has now been increasingly implemented for three generations. Americans have been indoctrinated by the leftist-run school system to see themselves as incompetent and government as the answer -- the caretaker. The problem is, officials in government come from the same pool of dumbed down people, and instances of government incompetence that have resulted are paraded before us in the news, day after day.
As low as we have fallen, we still haven't reached the point where we hack to death people (unless, of course, we are Muslim converts) who are trying to help us; but I have seen on Facebook comments by people who suspect, like the Africans Whittle mentions, that efforts to combat the problem are actually efforts to spread it, in disguise.
We are the nation that basically won a global war and put men on the moon... But that was accomplished by the final un-dumbed down generation. By now, the USA has become a parody of itself...