Which is, I believe, slightly less than what David Geffen spends annually, but anyway…
The federal government has awarded the University of California Los Angeles $193,989 in taxpayer funds to study skill-building as HIV prevention for male sex workers in Peru.
The grant was issued by the National Institute of Mental Health, a part of the National Institutes of Health, and proposes “a pilot study for a group that has been neglected in the Peruvian HIV epidemic, namely male sex workers (fletes).”
It’s not like medical science didn’t discover how to prevent the spread of AIDS back in 1984 or anything…
One anticipates that some will find the expenditure too trivial to be of concern. I think that’s actually part of the problem. This is but one of thousands of studies the Government has no business undertaking, but since each one is just a few hundred thousand or a few million, people dismiss the expenditure as too trivial to cut.
And then, they look at the truly massive mega-waste in Medicaid and other welfare programs and say, “We can’t cut those programs either, it would be political suicide.”
And so everything is either too small to cut, or too big to cut… and that’s why nothing ever gets cut, and Government grows out of control.