Ol' BC was scanning the local paper and ran across this Dan Carpenter column.
Almost always, Carpenter is on the wrong side of any issue. This is no exception.
"We said theirs would be difficult to get the Democrats to go along with,"
Andy Fisher, the senator's press secretary, recalled last week. "They let us
offer our own as a start."
They, as in the White House, sought PEPFAR funding
of $30 billion over five years ending in 2013. What they got, after Lugar,
Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden and like-minded leaders in the
House finished making their case and arduously building consensus, was a public
health breakthrough for the ages: $48 billion.
The sum -- $39 billion for
AIDS and $9 billion combined for related killers malaria and tuberculosis --
compares to $19.7 billion spent in the first five years, which funded treatment
for 1.4 million people with HIV/AIDS. The goal of the new bill is care for 12
million, plus prevention of 12 million new cases. The Senate passed it
overwhelmingly July 17; the House followed suit Thursday; President Bush
has said he'll sign it.
Of course Dubya will sign it. He said when he campaigned in 2000 and in 2004 that he was going to spend, spend, spend. He's kept his word. (Ol' BC has written on this earlier.) He campaigned on how much he was going to send to Africa for AIDS. He's kept his word. Here's some more. Forty-eight billion (48,000,000,000) more dollars. (Ol' BC just can figure out why the wild eyed left doesn't like this guy.) What does all this money stolen from the taxpayers being sent overseas mean for the United States?
The moooslem nations still don't like us. The communist nations still don't like us. Most of the socialist nations still don't like us. Of our allies, most of the people in those countries still don't like us. Sending all this money away may make some feel better, but the world is still jealous of the United States and her success. They have been sucked into the socialist or communist farce and have no way out. They realize it doesn't work and now they're jealous of the fact that the U.S. has been able to somewhat stall the adoption of it here. This money going to Africa will have about as much impact as the old woman pissing in the ocean. It just makes some feel better.
This makes about as much sense as the algorians and the tree huggers demonstrating in the United States when Asia and Europe pollute to a much greater degree. Hey guys and gals, there's an agenda here. For the record, it is not a pro-United States agenda. The good news for the anti-U.S. crowd, Obama is just around the corner.
Just an observation.