Jonathan Chait notes that House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa
wants to zero-out federal funding for scientific research that sounds silly to people who watch Fox News.
As shown here in the Wall Street Journal, many of the offending proposals have to do with HIV prevention and substance abuse.
I’ve noted before Issa’s efforts to zero out NIH research regarding HIV prevention among Thai and Chinese sex workers, and among Russian alcoholics. . For those new to the public health field, curbing transmission risk among people who are paid to have sex with strangers is important in curbing the spread of a deadly sexually-transmitted disease. Russia, for its part, houses one of the developed world’s most virulent HIV epidemics.
Chait notes: “You have a party that views scientific research as a boob-bait target.” I only wish that Jonathan would lower his mask of waspish reticence. Issa practices a stupid and damaging brand of know-nothing politics that is costing human lives.