Uh-oh. It looks like our virgin friends at Red State are upset because the stimulus package contains money to help states maintain their spending rates on public health programs. Most galling is the fact that the government is spending money aimed at stopping diseases that are spread by… TEH SEXXX!!!!!!
Posted by Brian Faughnan
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.
O rly. I’d love to hear reasons why the government shouldn’t be spending money to control the spread of life-threatening diseases.
It doesn’t belong in a ’stimulus’ bill.
Sure it do. See, state governments are not allowed to run fiscal deficits. Ergo, whenever a recession hits, most states are forced to raise taxes or make significant budget cuts. This has the effect of further hurting the states’ economies, since government spending counts as part of GDP. So one of the best things any federal stimulus bill can do is to give extra funding to states until revenues start rising again.
This isn’t hard to understand. Which is why Red State doesn’t understand it.
It ought to make clear that abstinence is the only sure-fire way to prevent such transmission (at least in most cases).
And this is what it really comes down to: our Red Staters don’t want to help prevent the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases because people who have had sex simply don’t deserve our sympathy.
Why Obama and the Dems feel the need to cave to these clowns is beyond my understanding.