People arguing that our federal government spends “too much” sound more and more like cynics by Oscar Wilde’s famous definition: knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.
I’m neither for big government nor small government. I’d like government that does important things effectively and efficiently. One very effective and efficient way to spend federal money would be on syringe exchange, probably the single most effective non-medical intervention we’ve ever devised to fight HIV. Unfortunately, the Congress that has endless time and energy to debate symbols has no time or energy to end the ban on paying for syringes with federal funds.
amfAR has put out a very nice short film on this, as part of its renewed effort to convince Congress to end the ban. It makes a convincing case, with simple stories and basic facts. Pass it on.