Archive for January 26th, 2009
When asked what Bush accomplished during his eight years in office, many people point out that he was responsible for putting together a comprehensive AIDS program for Africa. In an article called, “An Unlikely Champion,” found in the January 15, 2009 edition of Nature (available only to subscribers online), the authors discuss the good and the not so good about the Bush AIDS program. That program was called the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (“PEPFAR”).
First of all, the good. PEPFAR put more than 2 million HIV-positive people on anti-retroviral treatments since the beginning of the program (in 2003). By 2008, PEPFAR prevented infection of 240,000 babies born to HIV-infected mothers. It also provided healthcare for 9.7 million people.
On the other hand, PEPFAR “has also been highly controversial because of stipulations on how its funds should be spent.”
Lofty rhetoric aside, after the election dust has settled, President Barack Obama seems to be giving us “Republican Lite” in his proposed economic stimulus package which may go over $850 billion. The package includes some $300 billion in tax cuts and $100 billion in givebacks to big business and other large business tax breaks long sought after by the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
The plan seems to be a shill to allow for more Republican support in the US Senate where President Obama apparently fears a filibuster from a weakened GOP. GOP minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-TN.) has said the bill will likely be passed by mid-February.
Former Senator Obama’s legislative centrist instincts have taken over.
I love the COTG and have been following it since it was in its venerable 80s. There’s always a great range of articles and perspectives and I’ve found quite a few blogs who’ve ended up bookmarked for daily visits, so do get over and have a browse (oh yeah – one of mine’s in this carnival too!).