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4 responses to “Budget battle: LGBT and HIV programs escape the axe”

  1. John

    And where is there any mention of Ryan White Care funds and HOPWA? Two forgotten noble programs that desperately need funding and yet, sadly, are a feast for the Tea Party what with the outlandish waste, incompetence, and downright fraud on the part of government contractors (a.k.a. housing authorities and health care providers) sucking the funds dry for services not delivered.

    There is mother-load of Pulitzer material waiting to be mined by the investigative journalist with the moxie and savvy to dig-in and uncover the fraud and abuse by contractors that suck off loads of money that never reaches the intended beneficiaries. Unfortunately, the inconvenient truth might only result in further well-deserved funding cuts where additional funding is desperately needed.

    Not to worry, bilking the Treasury is as easy as taking candy from a baby and nobody cares much. A half a million here and a million there no one notices — except for the folks with HIV whose teeth are falling out as their housing disappears. So many forgotten and they are not even mentioned. Not even noticed. Times, indeed, have changed. Dissent is an inaudible whimper … nary a bubble of protest. I guess all the real activists were taken out in the first and second waves of the pandemic and the survivors abandoned by a solipsistic new generation of ‘activists’ whose idea of fighting in the trenches means scuffing a Gucci show or breaking a finger nail fighting for a place in line at at White House cocktail party. Where the Community attention span seems to be that of a poodle, history and its wake are forgotten.

  2. Terri L. Miller

    AIDS should no longer be viewed as a “gay disease.” AIDS is afflicting all people. Husbands bring it home to their wives after a fling with a prostitute or whomever. AIDS is a horrible affliction, but when viewed as only a “gay disease,” it merely adds more fodder for the homophobic population’s various inane claims.

  3. Thomas

    Pardon me but WHO is peddling it as a GAY disease? You beg the question.
    Ryan White was not gay and HOPWA, like RW Care finds, serves the entire HIV community. John is right: government contractors are and have been mis-appropriating those funds and the vast majority of the HIV patients are still members of the LGBT community.

  4. Todd Baker

    It never ceases to amaze me how politicians play politics with peoples lives. It seems that it (politics) is far more important to them than the effect they are having on people. Which seems right – GE pays NO taxes on the billions of dollars of profits they made last year, or to adequately fund the ADAPS to provide life giving medications to those who need it? The politicians have their priorities completely messed up. I think it may be time to recall the lot of them, and elect represetatives who understand right from wrong!

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