June 18, 2007
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How the CDC spends billions of tax dollars
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CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding recently told the U.S. Senate that her agency needed an additional billion dollars. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) decided to see how the CDC had spent its last $10 billion. What he found will make you sick.
The CDC has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars during the past few years on everything from vegetable statues to zero gravity chairs. Sen. Coburn shows in his report, "CDC Off Center," that the CDC has spent millions on lavish facilities, questionable conferences, and new offices in the home states of committee members who oversee its funding.
Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, points out some of the more outrageous line items:
- The CDC used syphilis prevention funds to host a "safe sex" event with a porn star.
- It spent $45 million for conferences, including some that featured prostitutes and beach parties.
- On the HIV/AIDS front, one grantee hosted a "bar night" with instructions on "how to throw a good party with lots of alcohol."
Sen. Coburn reports that the CDC spent enough money on trips for employees to international AIDS conferences to underwrite drugs that would have prevented mother-to-child AIDS transmission in over 115,000 babies.
For other examples of how the CDC spends your tax dollars, read Coburn Report: CDC Off Center.
But, instead of making good use of the billions the CDC gets, Dr. Gerberding says she needs an additional billion dollars to operate. If Dr. Gerberding wants to keep the "safe sex" events with a porn star, international conferences featuring prostitutes and beach parties, and a bar night teaching how to throw a good party with lots of alcohol, let her get it from the millions wasted by the CDC.
1. Send an e-mail to President Bush asking him to tell the CDC to clean up its mess and give the taxpayers the stewardship they deserve.
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Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
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