Government Spending Insanity, With Borrowed Money

With the United States running trillions of dollars in annual deficits, being tens of trillions in debt, and faced with today’s news that both Medicare and Social Security are going to go belly up even sooner than expected, you might think that someone, some adult in Washington would see the writing on the wall and say, hey, we can’t keep spending money like this on frivolous programs that we don’t need and can’t afford.

Well, you’d be wrong.

U.S. Will Pay $2.6 Million to Train Chinese Prostitutes to Drink Responsibly on the Job

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will pay $2.6 million in U.S. tax dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly on the job.

Dr. Xiaoming Li, the researcher conducting the program, is director of the Prevention Research Center at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

The grant, made last November, refers to prostitutes as “female sex workers”–or FSW–and their handlers as “gatekeepers.”

“Previous studies in Asia and Africa and our own data from FSWs [female sex workers] in China suggest that the social norms and institutional policy within commercial sex venues as well as agents overseeing the FSWs (i.e., the ‘gatekeepers’, defined as persons who manage the establishments and/or sex workers) are potentially of great importance in influencing alcohol use and sexual behavior among establishment-based FSWs,” says the NIH grant abstract submitted by Dr. Li.

“Therefore, in this application, we propose to develop, implement, and evaluate a venue-based alcohol use and HIV risk reduction intervention focusing on both environmental and individual factors among venue-based FSWs in China,” says the abstract.

The research will take place in the southern Chinese province of Guangxi.

Now, you’re probably thinking, this is crazy, spending millions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer money we don’t even have to teach prostitutes in China to drink responsibly, this has got to be a joke, right?

Well, you’d be wrong again. I had trouble believing this nonsense myself, so I went to the Wayne State University website to try and confirm it. Sure enough, there it was.

Xiaoming Li, Ph.D.

A $2.6 million grant will help a Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher establish and evaluate whether an alcohol and HIV intervention center can assist in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS among sex workers in China.

Dr. Xiaoming Li, Ph.D., has secured a five-year, $2,629,634 grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health to study the link between alcohol use and the spread of HIV/AIDS among female sex workers in a single southern province in China. The findings could have ramifications for at-risk populations throughout the world.

/government spending has now been officially confirmed as over the cliff and beyond insane