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You say “stimulus,” I hear “syphilis.”

By Mark Steyn

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, is on TV explaining the (at this point the congregation shall fall to its knees and prostrate itself) “stimulus.” “How,” asks the lady from CBS, “does $335 million in STD prevention stimulate the economy?”

“I’ll tell you how,” says Speaker Pelosi. “I’m a big believer in prevention. And we have, er, there is a part of the bill on the House side that is about prevention. It’s about it being less expensive to the states to do these measures.”

Makes a lot of sense. If we have more STD prevention, it will be safer for loose women to go into bars and pick up feckless men, thus stimulating the critical beer and nuts and jukebox industries. To do this, we need trillion-dollar deficits, which our children and grandchildren will have to pay off—but, with sufficient investment in prevention measures, there won’t be any children or grandchildren, so there’s that problem solved.

The more interviews Speaker Pelosi gives explaining how vital the STD industry is to restarting the U.S. economy, the more I find myself hearing “syphilis” every time she says “stimulus.” In late September, America was showing the first signs of “primary stimulus”—a few billion lesions popping up on the rarely glimpsed naughty bits of the economy: the subprime mortgage racket, the leverage kings. Now, the condition has metastasized in a mere four months into the advanced stages of “tertiary stimulus,” with trillions of hideous, ever more inflamed pustules sprouting in every nook and cranny as the central nervous system of the body politic crumbles into total insanity—until it seems entirely normal for the second-in-line of presidential succession to be on TV gibbering away about how vital the federalization of condom distribution is to economic recovery.

The rules in this new “post-partisan” era are pretty simple: If the Democratic Party wants it, it’s “stimulus.” If the Republican Party opposes it, it’s “politics”—as in headlines like this: “Obama Urges GOP To Keep Politics To A Minimum On Stimulus.” These are serious times: As the President says, it’s the worst economic crisis since the Thirties. So politicians need to put politics behind them and immediately lavish $4.19 billion on his community-organizing pals at the highly inventive “voter registration” group ACORN for “neighborhood stabilization activities.”

“Neighborhood stabilization activities.” That sounds like a line item from the Baath Party budget when Saddam sends the lads in to gas the Kurds. What does it mean in a non-totalitarian sense? Do you need a federally subsidized condom to do it? If so, will a pathetic $4.19 billion be enough?

“Stimulus” comes from the verb stimulare, which is Latin for “transfer massive sums of money from what remains of the dynamic sector of the economy to the special interests of the Democratic Party.” No, hang on, my mistake. Stimulare means “to goad.” And, on that front, the Democrats are doing an excellent job. They’ve managed to goad 58 percent of the American people into opposing the “stimulus” package. They’ve managed to goad all 117 Republicans in the House into unpacking their mothballed cojones and voting against the bill. And they’ve managed to goad the rest of the world into ending the Obama honeymoon in nothing flat. Headline from the London Daily Telegraph: “US-EU Trade War Looms As Barack Obama Bill Urges ‘Buy American.’ ”

That would be the provision in the Senate bill prohibiting any foreign-made goods from being used in “stimulus” projects. So, if you own a rubber plantation in Malaysia and you’re hoping for a piece of Nancy Pelosi’s condom action, forget it. The EU Trade Commissioner is outraged at the swaggering cowboy Obama shooting from the hip and unilaterally banning European goods from American soil. But so are American companies such as General Electric. Bill Lane, an executive honcho with Caterpillar (the tenth biggest U.S. investor in the United Kingdom), says, “We are students of history. A major reason a very deep recession turned into the Great Depression was the fact that countries turned inward.” Ah, yes. The Buy American Act of 1933. How’d that work out?

Even without Speaker Pelosi talking STD on the evening news, there is danger here for the new administration. Setting aside the more messianic effusions (“We needed him. And out of that great need,” gushed Maya Angelou, “Barack Obama came.”) as unbecoming to the freeborn citizens of a constitutional republic, it seems clear that large numbers of people voted for this president because they wanted something different, something other than “politics as usual.” Not just something pseudo-different like the dreary maverickiness of John McCain “reaching across the aisle” (one of those dead phrases no one outside the Beltway gives a hoot about), but something really different. But the “stimulus” package is just politics as usual with a few extra zeroes on the end. Will you notice anything? No. Don’t get your hopes up. If you’re broke now, you’ll be broke in October. The Congressional Budget Office estimates only 25 percent of it will be spent by early next year. The other 75 percent is as stimulating as the gal in the Nancy Pelosi Pussycat Lounge telling you she had such a good time she’s penciled in a second date for spring 2010. A third of all the spending won’t come until after 2011.

In a media age, politics is a battle of language, and “stimulus” is too good a word to cede to porked-up statist hacks. “Stimulus” has to stimulate—i.e., it’s short-term, like, say, an immediate cut in payroll taxes that will put real actual money in your pocket in next month’s paycheck. That way, you don’t need to wait for ACORN: You can start “stabilizing” your own “neighborhood” right now.

But, if this fraudulent “stimulus” does pass, it will, in fact, de-stimulate, and much more than the disastrous protectionist measures of the Thirties did: Back then, America was dealing with a far less globalized economy, and with far fewer competitors. “In the long run, we are all dead,” Lord Keynes, the newly fashionable economist, famously said. But, if this bill passes, in the medium term, we’re all dead. It’s a massive expansion of the state in the same direction that has brought sclerosis to Europe. A report issued last week in London found that government spending now accounts for 49 percent of the UK economy—and in the Celtic corners of the kingdom the state’s share of the economy is way higher, from 71.6 percent in Wales to 77.6 percent in Northern Ireland. In the western world, countries that were once the crucible of freedom are slipping remorselessly into a thinly disguised serfdom in which an ever-higher proportion of your assets are annexed by the state as super-landlord. Big government is where nations go to die—not in Keynes’ “long run,” but sooner than you think.

— Mark Steyn, a National Review columnist, is author of America Alone. © 2009 Mark Steyn

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335 million dollars for STD prevention isn't a complete waste of fucking money that could be better spent anywere,every swinging dick with half a fucking brain knows how you get the shit,and if you don't your proably not going to live very long anyway. Just another case of democrats tossing money into the raw sewage pit.
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335 million dollars for STD prevention isn't a complete waste of fucking money that could be better spent anywere,every swinging dick with half a fucking brain knows how you get the shit,and if you don't your proably not going to live very long anyway. Just another case of democrats tossing money into the raw sewage pit.

What I agree with is that a very pervasive STD prevention campaign could be started nationwide in the United States with extremely positive effects for a fraction of that cost.
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What I agree with is that a very pervasive STD prevention campaign could be started nationwide in the United States with extremely positive effects for a fraction of that cost.

The problem is the underlying assumption far too many people use; that if peope are doing something bad for them all you have to do is educate them of the dangers and they will change.

But think about it. How many people do you know who do things self destructive in full knowledge of the ill effects it has on their own well being?

Education only helps when ignorance is the problem. It's frightening how many smokers I know, who know full well what smoking does, who go ahead and smoke a pack a day anyway.

This is similar; almost everyone knows the dangers of unprotective sex after health classes in middle school or junior high plus various awareness campaigns already out there. In addition, while so many tobacco smokers stay at it knowing it hurts them, there is no significant natural urge toward smoking. There IS toward sex, so it's that much more problematic. I know a guy who has no remorse over abandoning protection as soon as he can in a relationship... while I don't know if he's picked up a disease yet, there are some single mothers out there as a result. This man knows the dangers and complications of all of this... he continues in his behavior anyway.

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An idiot is an idiot and there's not much you can do about it; this is common sense, not much else after all.

Yet I still say that periodic STD prevention campaigns -ARE- necessary, period. You would be ashamed to know how much ignorance -IS- the problem, especially among youngsters who grew up in excessivly closed families, with a way-too-rigid relgious morale about sex (lets call it with its name: bigotry), or with a low cultural level (and there's -A LOT- of 'em). It was the problem in the past, in my country like in yours, and it's a problem now, especially after the STD and unwanted pregnancies prevention campaigns sponsored by the Bush administration in the past 8 years have focused on religious morale (abstinence) rather than in promoting the use of protective devices (condoms et al.) and the spread of responsible sexual behaviour. Because let's face it: no matter how deeply Puritan the soul of America is, you can't REALLY expect teenagers NOT to have sex. It's out of this world.

Another big point in prevention campaigns is that, at least, "You can not say we didn't told you so", and this is especially true when it comes to willfully unresponsible ("loose") sexual behaviours by known cariers of dangerous STDs (AIDS/HI, Syphilis), which, in case of contagion, can be punished as a felony in several jurisdictions.
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The problem with smoking vs. unprotected sex? When I smoke I don't leave a trail of fatherless children in my wake. I know plenty of guys like that. They are worthless dirt bags in my opinion.


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The problem is the underlying assumption far too many people use; that if peope are doing something bad for them all you have to do is educate them of the dangers and they will change.

But think about it. How many people do you know who do things self destructive in full knowledge of the ill effects it has on their own well being?

Education only helps when ignorance is the problem. It's frightening how many smokers I know, who know full well what smoking does, who go ahead and smoke a pack a day anyway.

This is similar; almost everyone knows the dangers of unprotective sex after health classes in middle school or junior high plus various awareness campaigns already out there. In addition, while so many tobacco smokers stay at it knowing it hurts them, there is no significant natural urge toward smoking. There IS toward sex, so it's that much more problematic. I know a guy who has no remorse over abandoning protection as soon as he can in a relationship... while I don't know if he's picked up a disease yet, there are some single mothers out there as a result. This man knows the dangers and complications of all of this... he continues in his behavior anyway.

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The problem with smoking vs. unprotected sex? When I smoke I don't leave a trail of fatherless children in my wake. I know plenty of guys like that. They are worthless dirt bags in my opinion.

This is true; and why I don't have much problem with people smoking. I also think cities/states that ban smoking in bars are absurd; no one goes to a bar to be healthy. Generally behaviors that only endanger those who indulge in them I don't have any problem with.

The point though is that there are lots of things everyone knows are bad for you that swarms of people do knowing full well the consequences. I have a lot of liberal friends whose first and primary idea to address a problem is "We have to raise awareness!" but it doesn't seem to take into account in some cases that some things everyone knows about already and a lot of people just don't care. Nobody is going to tell you a chicken fried steak is health food, but plenty of people order them anyway.

The point is awareness is not the problem, I doubt many people past the age of puberty are ignorant of unprotected sex being dangerous in many ways. PT, it's not like all the sex education etc in schools just disappeared when Bush went into office. The president only sets very vague policies and goals in education, they are really more of a figurehead spouting various feel-good platitudes when it comes to education; most things actually happen at state and district levels.
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