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CDC Spends B-I-G

Friday, 22 June 2007 12:00 AM

The next time you are feeling under the weather, perhaps home sick in bed and looking for a way to pass the time, you may want to read through the new 115-page Senate report on the outrageous and wasteful spending practices of the taxpayer-funded Centers for Disease Control (CDC). On second thought, what you read in this report just might make you feel worse.

For years, CDC officials in Atlanta have made the trek up to Capitol Hill to request additional funding to carry out their mission of "preventing and controlling disease, injury and disability." With the annual CDC budget currently at $10 billion, Senator (and medical doctor) Tom Coburn, R-Okla., decided it was time for the activities of the CDC to be put under scrutiny.

Coburn spearheaded efforts to publish the just released senate subcommittee report: "CDC Off Center." For an indication of what the investigative team found, you need look no further than the report subtitle: "A review of how an agency tasked with fighting and preventing disease has spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars for failed prevention efforts, international junkets, and lavish facilities, but cannot demonstrate it is controlling disease."

Here are a few examples of outlandish CDC spending that revealed in the report:

And if these expenditures don't raise your temperature, you might get a little nauseous to learn about the taxpayer-funded activities at CDC-sponsored conferences.

In 2003, taxpayers shelled out $300,000 for a conference in New Orleans that featured a workshop on how to defund abstinence education and a sexually graphic "entertainment" segment denigrating the Vice President of the United States.

At a 2004 conference in Thailand, attended by 150 federal employees, attendees could see a "drag" show, art shows, fashion parades and Brazilian dresses made from condoms.

As part of its mission in fighting the very real threat of acts of bioterrorism against the United States, the CDC gave away in excess of $2.7 billion in grants from 2002-2004. Los Angeles County alone received $83 million during this period, $14 million of which was never spent. Nevertheless, the county received an additional $27.9 million in 2006.

A review of L.A. County's spending of CDC funds by the Los Angeles Times said that "at times, the spending has stretched the definition of terrorism readiness." The Times may have come to this conclusion after learning how CDC bioterrorism funds were used to hire Hollywood actors to portray patients in a smallpox vaccination drill, costing $57,045 for the actors, $10,000 for gift certificates, $13,600 for pens, digital thermometers and bags for the gifts.

Other ludicrous uses of CDC grants include a transgender beauty pageant, a "safe sex" event featuring a porn star, a "Bar Night" by the San Francisco-based STOP AIDS Project and an article on how to throw an alcohol party by the same group, using federal funds designated for HIV prevention.

This scathing senate report on the wasteful and ineffective (not to mention often absurd) uses of CDC funds clearly demonstrates that the CDC has strayed far from its noble mission of fighting and preventing disease. Since its founding in 1946, Americans have trusted that the CDC has been doing its job, but this new evidence shows that this agency, like all government agencies, needs constant oversight.

Hats off to Sen. Coburn and his staff for bringing to light this blatant abuse of taxpayer money. If you would like to read the entire 115-page report, visit the website of Sen. Coburn at www.coburn.senate.gov/ffm. You can voice your opinion to the CDC by calling their public line at (800) 311-3435 or sending an e-mail to cdcinfo@cdc.gov.

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