Monday, February 8, 2010
Nancy Pelosi continues to rack up astronomical bills to fly her family around on military jets , spending over two million dollars on military flights for herself and her family over a two year period according to the Judicial Watch web site, which reported as follows on January 28 of this year.
"Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Air Force detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of United States Air Force aircraft for Congressional Delegations (CODELs). According to the documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. The following are highlights from the recent release of about 2,000 documents:"
The figure included private travel for adult members of Pelosi's family that was entirely unrelated to government business. But don't worry. The Obama administration has found a way to balance the budget, by freezing the spending on AIDS treatment in Africa, According to Breitbart News, which reports as follows.
'President George W. Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), launched in 2003, focused largely on treating patients in urgent need of medicine, but the new US administration's programme has shifted away from emergency treatment. "George W. Bush is a hero in this country," said Peter Mugyenyi, who heads Uganda's Joint Clinical Research Centre, a leading AIDS treatment clinic. Uganda received 929 million dollars (678 million euros) from PEPFAR between 2003-2008 and used much of those funds to provide some 150,000 people with Antiretroviral therapy. But the US switch in emphasis means that clinics are now being forced to turn new patients away. "
For many AIDS sufferers in Uganda, the freeze on accepting new patients will be a death sentence for those who are newly diagnosed with the disease. In some cases, a family member who is being treated with AIDS medications might resort to sharing medication with afflicted family members. This can result in the creation of drug resistant strains of the virus, which would require costly research for new and effective medications.
The PEPFAR program is now changing its emphasis to AIDS testing and prevention. Those who are diagnosed with HIV can now find out that they are infected. With no drugs available for the newly diagnosed, many are deciding that testing is futile.
Although the Bush administration is roundly vilified by its successor, part of its strategy abroad was to fund medical treatment and development projects in countries that were targeted by radical Islamists and other enemies of America. It is clear that America's assistance to Uganda created a great deal of good will.From a moral and even a coldly political perspective, the freeze on AIDS spending in Uganda is a poor idea. In our times, there is little assurance that Uganda's AIDS problems will stay in Uganda. Such epidemics have a way of crossing national borders and oceans as well.
In a former colony of Great Britain, a desperately ill person will react with understandable gratitude if it is noted that a life saving clinic is a "gift from the people of the United States of America. I am sure President Obama would not mind if his picture were to hang in such a clinic.
Continuing to fund the natural growth of an AIDS treatment program in Uganda is in America's interest. It is morally praiseworthy as well. George Bush, who had no familial ties to Africa understood this. It is for this reason that he is warmly praised and fondly remembered. In the second year of his presidency, it is time for President Obama to learn what came naturally to his predecessor.
We must continue to cut spending. Perhaps humanitarian programs could be funded with a national lottery or with special postage stamps known as semipostals, in which a surcharge on each stamp bought is forwarded to a particular charity. In the former Soviet Union, money was raised penny by penny for causes deemed worthy by the government. Perhaps this might be a way to make America's good will into a grass roots effort.
What would be most interesting would be to see Nancy Pelosi and her imperious entourage travel on Jet Blue and to send the savings to the impoverished people in Africa, Haiti and elsewhere who are being helped by programs established by George Bush.
Just a parting thought. How many days of AIDS treatment could be paid for with the money spent on drinks on a Nancy Pelosi private military flight? Just asking. Sphere: Related Content