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Friday, May 15, 2009

Is This a Good Use of Our Tax Money?

As of May 15, 2009 the national debt was 11,270,547,397,564.64. So our government is now watching every penny it spends to make sure it is spent wisely, right? Well, not quite. Unless this seems to you like wise spending of our tax dollars.

The National Institutes of Health is spending $2.6 million to "study the link between alcohol use and the spread of HIV/AIDS among female sex workers in a single southern province in China."

The study, being conducted by lead researcher Dr. Xiaoming Li, Ph.D., of Wayne State University, hopes to "establish and evaluate whether an alcohol and HIV intervention center can assist in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS among sex workers in China."

So our money is being used to educate Chinese prostitutes on the dangers of drinking on the job.

If you like that wise use of our tax dollars, you'll love this one.

The U.S. government is spending $400,000 to study risky sexual behavior of gay men in bars in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The research will be conducted in "public venues in Buenos Aires where men meet, alcohol is consumed, and sexual behavior occurs," with the goal of describing "the relative contribution of physical characteristics of the place, patron characteristics, type and level of alcohol consumption, and social dynamics that are at play and potentiate each other to result in sexual risk behavior."

So there you have it. Our tax dollars at work!

2 Comments:

Blogger SkyePuppy said...

Holy cow! I'm... speechless (in the way that Tom Hanks was in A League of their Own when the blonde threw to the wrong base and he wanted to yell at her but he knew he couldn't so he just stood there with his mouth open and his hands shaking because they were ready to strangle her). That's how I feel. But I know that what you described is only one ice crystal on the very tip of the massive iceberg

1:01 PM  
Blogger Bryan Alexander said...

SkyePuppy,

Sounds like time for another tea party, don't you think?

6:21 PM  

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