Here’s something you won’t be reading much about in your local newspaper or seeing on your television news: Obama promised to increase aid to Africa but, in fact, has cut it and now the U.S. will spend $6.6 billion less than Bush did on AIDS programs:
A US decision to freeze spending on treatment for HIV in several African countries has prompted concern that some of the gains made against the AIDS epidemic since 2003 could be reversed.
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.
Ah but in 2008 Obama said the following:
That’s why I’ll double our foreign assistance to $50 billion by 2012, and use it to support a stable future in failing states, and sustainable growth in Africa; to halve global poverty and to roll back disease. To send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, “You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.”
Liberals and our press like to say Conservatives don’t care about people who aren’t rich, white, and male… how to account for this fact, then:
He finds that under President George W. Bush U.S. assistance to Africa has sharply increased, reaching $4.2 billion in 2005, nearly four times the level of 2000, and more than twice the level of any previous administration.
When George W. Bush was in office we didn’t hear about all the money he gave Africa to fight AIDS, instead, our press only reported on the condom issue:
The United Nations‘ latest report on AIDS, issued last week, underscores how the Bush administration’s war on the condom has blocked HIV-prevention efforts around the world.
And, here at home, Bush — under the direction of political commissar Karl Rove — has been systematically placing HIV-prevention efforts into the hands of the Christian right — which a is pushing the censorious line that abstinence before heterosexual marriage is the only permissible form of HIV-prevention education — and putting condom opponents in charge of AIDS education.
Obama’s cutbacks mean less money for AIDS treatment and testing. Those who know they are HIV positive might refrain from spreading the disease (at least in larger numbers than if they didn’t know they were positive).
Out of the $6.6 billion that Obama has cut back on AIDS spending in Africa, $3.5 billion could be restored if taken from the “stimulus” package as, according to USA Today money is being wasted:
More than $3.5 billion in economic stimulus funds are going to programs that President Obama wants to eliminate or trim in his new budget.
As award winning author and economist Dambis Amoyo says, sending economic aid to Africa often keeps those countries in poverty (the Left hates her) but sending targeted AIDS money helps not hurts Africa.
When Bush increased AIDS spending in Africa to record levels we heard about “condoms” and the “Religious Right” but now that Obama is cutting spending we hear… nothing.
That is what we call Media Bias.