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Bush Wants $30B More Tax Dollars For AIDS

From those concerned and generous (with our money) souls at the Associated Press:


Students from the George Washington University chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign, wrap themselves in red tape during a protest outside the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, calling on the federal government to ‘cut the red tape’ around access to AIDS prevention and treatment.

Bush seeks added $30b in AIDS fight

By Jennifer Loven

Associated Press / December 1, 2007

MOUNT AIRY, Md. – President Bush yesterday urged Congress to approve an additional $30 billion for the global fight against AIDS over the next five years, and announced that he would visit Africa early next year to further highlight the need and his administration’s efforts.

“We dedicate ourselves to a great purpose: We will turn the tide against HIV/AIDS – once and for all,” Bush said…

The number of people in sub-Saharan Africa receiving treatment for AIDS has gone from 50,000 five years ago to nearly 1.4 million now, Bush said. In May, he asked Congress to double the $15 billion that the United States committed over the program’s first five years to therapy, testing, and counseling.

In a separate development, the Washington Post reported in today’s editions that new government estimates of the number of Americans who become infected with the AIDS virus each year are 50 percent higher than previously believed.

For more than a decade, epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pegged the number of new HIV infections each year at 40,000.

They now believe it is between 55,000 and 60,000, the Post said, citing sources familiar with research on a new method of testing blood.

Weren’t we just informed that the UN had grossly exaggerated the numbers of AIDS cases in the past? Even to the point of doubling them — or more?

Well, never mind all that. Here are some new numbers designed to evoke hysteria:

In a separate development, the Washington Post reported in today’s editions that new government estimates of the number of Americans who become infected with the AIDS virus each year are 50 percent higher than previously believed

Does anyone believe this? And even if it is true, which is highly doubtful, what is causing it? And how will more taxpayer spending stop it?

How much money will ever be enough?

$45 billion dollars could make a nice tax cut. Or, heck, even go towards doing something about our own health care costs.

Why line the pockets of third world despots even more?

By the way, some Muslims students celebrating World AIDS Day in Indonesia seem to have gotten hold of a different end of the stick.

They don’t seem to think the problem is red tape:

Indonesian Muslim students hold signs during an anti-AIDS demonstration in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. Hundreds of students staged the demonstration to promote HIV/AIDS awareness, marking the World AIDS Day.

They might actually be on to something.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 1st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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