The Obama-Reid-Pelosi debt bill has a lot of interesting spending items in it, and more are being discovered by the day. Take page 153 for example. That's where you'll find this gem. Out of $3 billion allocated for 'prevention and wellness programs' there's an earmark specifically for combating STDs:
$335,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount to carry out domestic HIV/ AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually-transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis prevention programs
There are good reasons to oppose this, of course. It doesn't belong in a 'stimulus' bill. It ought to make clear that abstinence is the only sure-fire way to prevent such transmission (at least in most cases). It's not a proper role of the federal government.
But there's another reason to oppose it. Look how the CDC has spent such money in the past:
- A transgender beauty pageant in San Francisco that advertised available HIV testing.
- Funded an event, also put on by the Stop AIDS Project, called “Got Love? – Flirt/Date/Score” that taught participants how “to flirt with greater finesse.”
- Funded events called “Booty Call” and “Great Sex” put on by an organization that received $698,000 in government funds.
It's all in the name of public health. Come up with a program and you might get a grant.