Tough Math And AIDS
Apparently the math involved in implementing the Bush Administration's AIDS program in Africa is too complicated for them to handle. A new General Accounting Office report calls the process too complex and has recommended that changes be made. From AP:
The administration follows a congressional recommendation that 20 percent of the overall AIDS money be reserved for preventing HIV/AIDS, and mandates a third of prevention money emphasize abstinence until marriage and faithfulness to one partner. The rest goes to condoms and efforts to reduce mother-to-child transmission and intravenous transmission.Let's see ... Mr. Public Servant, you need to spend 20% of your budget on prevention. Spend 33 1/3 percent of that on abstinence/faithfulness, and 66 2/3 percent on condoms/mother-and-child education. (Thanks, Major, for your math-checking....)
Whoa. That is pretty darn tough.
Could it just be that they don't like anything being spent on abstinence/faithfulness education programs? Hint: Henry Waxman, Congress' Defender of Sexual Promiscuity, Especially If It's Gay Promiscuity, is all over this subject.
Perhaps Mr. Waxman perfers this kind of educational materials:
Tags: AIDS, HIV/AIDS, Abstinence, Faithfulness, Condoms, Waxman, GAO