March 2, 2010

March 2, 2010
Senator Calls Intl Conference a Waste of Money

Welcome to another day of my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. I was up again with Chipper last night so it was almost afternoon by the time I climbed out of bed today.

I am still staying close to home while recovering from surgery last week so there is not a whole lot to talk about on the personal front. But there is something I would like to talk about which caught my attention and also pissed me off.

In a February 19 letter to the president of the International AIDS Society, Senator Tom Coburn (R–Oklahoma) said the upcoming International AIDS Conference in Vienna should be canceled, suggesting that its funds be used for HIV treatment and research instead, The Washington Times reports.

“While I recognize the International AIDS Conference can provide a unique forum for networking, reviewing scientific developments and sharing information for many stakeholders, modern technology allows us to accomplish these goals for relatively little cost,” Coburn wrote. “While these alternatives may not include the museum and castle tours, the visit to Mozart’s birth place, or wine tasting offered by the upcoming gathering in Vienna, they can meet the main goals of the conference.”

According to a report by Coburn’s office, it cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to send more than 100 federal employees to the 2008 conference in Mexico City.

Julio Montaner, MD, president of the International AIDS Society, defended the meetings in a letter to Coburn.

He wrote: “My colleagues and I firmly believe that it would be foolhardy in the midst of such significant investments to not take the opportunity every two years to assess progress to date, generate new ideas and strategies and chart a collective course forward.”

In my personal opinion, when our officials and doctors from the United States meet with experts from all over the world to compare notes and theories on how to treat and hopefully one day cure HIV and AIDS cost should not be the deciding consideration. Especially when you consider all the money spent foolishly by our government on other issues. But I guess that is because I have held so many friends as they have lost their battles with AIDS. Obviously something the Senator has never had to do.

Those are my thoughts. What about yours? Drop me a line and let me know.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab