Thursday, February 25, 2010

Liberals Posturing on AIDS, with Taxpayers' Money

An upcoming international AIDS conference in Europe should be canceled, says a Republican senator who wants organizers to use money for travel and meetings on treatment and research instead.

-- From "Coburn: Skip Europe AIDS meeting" by Jim McElhatton, Washington Times 2/25/10

In a letter sent last week to the president of the International AIDS Society, which is organizing this summer's 2010 AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, a doctor, cited statistics showing that tens of millions of people across the world infected with HIV are going without treatment.

It's unclear how many of the roughly 25,000 people expected to attend will be federal employees whose travel and lodging costs will be picked up by taxpayers, but a report by Dr. Coburn's office disclosed that hundreds of thousands of dollars was spent to send more than 100 federal employees to the 2008 International AIDS Conference.

After the 2008 conference, Dr. Coburn issued a 19-page oversight report concluding that taxpayers spend millions of dollars to send federal employees "to talk about a disease, when instead, using the same funds for prevention, treatment or research would almost certainly be a better use of taxpayer resources."

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From "Senator Coburn Blasts Upcoming AIDS Conference As Waste of Cash" by 2/25/10

"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 in his Feb. 19 letter.

"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," he wrote.

The conference, which is the premier gathering of scientists and doctors working in the field of HIV/AIDS, is set to be held July 18 to 23. Organizers expect an estimated 25,000 participants to attend, including 2,500 members of the media, according to the International AIDS Society's Web site.

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