Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Nothing Survives

Steve Benen noted a column by Michael Gerson, who used to work for the Bush administration, and how one program that Mr. Bush started — President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR — really worked: his effort to stop AIDS in Africa.

The Biblical story of Lazarus is happening again in Africa. At least it looks that way.

One moment, men, women and children suffering from AIDS are lying at death’s door, barely able to move, open their eyes, or speak. Then a few days or weeks later, they are walking, talking, laughing; truly appearing to have come back from the dead.

This astonishing transformation has been repeated all over the continent thousands of times over the past decade. And, since 2003, America has been helping to pay for it.

And, of course, it’s now on the chopping block by the House. After all, if they won’t send aid to Joplin’s tornado victims without some way for paying for it, why should they care at all about saving people in Africa?