Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bus Bums Should Be Running The Government

They all seem to think they have the answers to the nation's (and sometimes world's) problems. Today, on the Metro 18 bus headed to Ballard, I had the pleasure of overhearing a gentleman explain a few things about legislation that is being...well, he did not clarify if it was law, or being voted on, or was merely a talking point. The fact of the matter is that the guy was spewing pure idiocy. How do I know? Well, I took what he claimed and searched all I could for some semblance of truth. None exists. Here is what he claimed:
The United States government is giving free health care to Mexicans in Mexico City.
I wanted to shout at the guy to cite his sources for this seeming atrocity, but I knew better than to give this guy the satisfaction of dignifying his nonsense with a response. What did my search come up with? Well, for one, as many should know by now, President Obama signed an executive order rescinding the "Mexico City policy" which
"directed the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand this limitation and withhold USAID funds from NGOs that use non-USAID funds to engage in a wide range of activities, including providing advice, counseling, or information regarding abortion, or lobbying a foreign government to legalize or make abortion available."
It all becomes so clear now. This idiot thinks that the U.S. is directly giving taxpayer money to the governing body of Mexico City to provide its general population with free health care. In fact, foreign assistance monies get delivered to the United Nations Population Fund, which gets distributed amongst groups of nations that are in urgent need of medical funding. About the UNFPA:
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
Maybe you should read a book, or a newspaper, or just in general, Mr. Bus Bum.

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