You know I like to give credit where it’s due. So here’s props to The Commander in Chief for signing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) this week. This is a continuation of a successful initiative (and the only good thing the Bush Administration has ever done) that provides billions of dollars in aid to countries hit hard by the AIDS pandemic. The re-authorization enjoyed strong bipartisan support but nevertheless faced a fierce battle in the Senate, where it was opposed by Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint, Republicans for More Death in Africa (RMDA), even though Bush was urging the Senate to pass it. Now it’s a done deal. Good job, George.
Hoooold on, W, I’m not done with you yet.
In an apparent effort to screw the women of America one last time before leaving office, the Bush Administration has proposed new regulations for the Dep’t. of Health and Human Services. The regs prohibit medical facilities receiving federal funds from refusing to hire personnel that have moral or ethical issues with abortion. So an abortion clinic can be forced to hire a doctor who will refuse to perform abortions. Huh. More perniciously, the measure redefines abortion to include several common forms of contraception, including birth control pills, the IUD, and Plan B emergency pills.
The Bushies claim with straight faces that this is an anti-discrimination measure, not an effort to restrict women’s access to legal medical services. Do we believe them? No we do not.
Inexplicably popular rap “artist” Ludacris has released a new tune in which he does his damnedest to torpedo Obama with a foul-mouthed, inarticulate endorsement in which he calls Hillary a bitch and suggests McCain should be paralyzed and in a wheelchair.
Note to Barack: time to dump the hip hop and fill your iPod with classical music. Much safer.