- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 25, 2002

Mr. and Mr. Right

The House Government Reform criminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee has been trying to send a number of inquiries, via electronic mail, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about several questionable HIV/AIDS prevention programs the center is funding.

Wouldn't you know, the CDC has not been receiving the congressional inquiries because its computers block "obscene" materials.

"I pointed out to the CDC the obscene materials I was forwarding were paid for and developed by the CDC and its grantees," subcommittee staff member Roland Foster tells Inside the Beltway.

On July 17, Mr. Foster wrote to Pam Dougherty of the CDC: "It has come to the subcommittee's attention that the Stop AIDS Project is once again sponsoring the 'Great Sex' workshop. As you will recall, several months ago the Inspector General concluded that this program violated federal laws and regulations.

"Could you provide the subcommittee with evidence that Stop AIDS Project's 'Great Sex' is now fully complying with federal laws?"

Here's how the "Great Sex" project is being advertised:

"Great Sex 2: Intimacy and Mr. Right Get ready for some fun interactive intimacy games to help you keep sex safe and hot! Then, share your techniques for finding Mr. Right in this man-eat-man world. Wednesday, July 17, 2002. Location: Stop AIDS Main Office."

Mr. Foster says the CDC, the lead federal agency charged with protecting the health and safety of Americans, confirmed this week that it is funding "Great Sex" at $225,000 annually over five years through 2004.

Sorry, kids

The For Our Grandchildren Campaign held a debate yesterday at the National Press Club on personal-investment alternatives to Social Security.

Rep. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican; Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican; and White House aide Chuck Blahaus were present and ready to debate.

There was just one problem: Of the 45 Senate Democrats and 53 House Democrats invited to participate in the debate, none showed up.

We're told that in hopes of reaching out to the Democrats beforehand, For Our Grandchildren hired Kevin Keefe, president of TheNewsNet and the son of a former executive director of the Democratic National Committee.

Apparently to no avail.

The For Our Grandchildren campaign is headed by Denison Smith, an investment banker who has raised more than $1 billion for American business. He has dedicated himself to the reform of Social Security and has devoted much of the past two years to this crusade.

Mr. Smith says every American family deserves to participate in the American dream and is convinced that failure to successfully reform the Social Security program is a threat to American civilization.

America's got milk

The federal government has a $1 billion stash of milk powder buried in caves beneath Kansas City, a product of 70-year-old farm subsidies that reportedly cost $20 million a year to maintain.

The powdered stash under scrutiny "is a layover from the bad old days of command-and-control agriculture policy," charges Tom Schatz, president of the Citizens Against Government Waste.

Equivalent to 1.3 billion gallons of skim milk, the government has purchased enough of the white powder to supply the country for 16 months. Although the Freedom to Farm Act of 1996 was written to phase out the dairy subsidies, it was subsequently extended and repealed by the $170 billion Farm Bill just signed into law.

"Weak-willed legislators brought this Depression-era boondoggle back to life and now we're paying $20 million a year to warehouse milk the government wants to keep off the market," says Mr. Schatz. "This is a program that would have made Soviet policy-makers proud."

You will recall that Vermont Sens. James M. Jeffords and Patrick J. Leahy, independent and Democrat respectively, toasted glasses of milk in May in celebrating the successful passage of the 2002 farm bill. Overproducers or not, milk farms are a major industry in Vermont.

Summer reading

Here's what top Washington politicos are reading this long hot summer, reports World magazine's Joel C. Rosenberg:

•Vice President Richard B. Cheney: "Six Days of War," by Israeli historian Michael B. Oren; "The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin," by H.W. Brands; "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," by Washington-based scribe Laura Hillenbrand.

•Lynne Cheney, wife of the vice president: "Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation," by Richard Norton Smith; "Lincoln's Virtues," by William Lee Miller; "America: A Patriotic Primer," by Lynne Cheney (Mrs. Cheney is reading her new children's book on American history and patriotism to groups all over the country).

•White House strategist Karl Rove: "Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson," by Robert Caro.

•Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans: "John Adams," by David McCullough.

•James Carville: "Barbarossa," by David Glantz; "When Titans Clashed," by David Glantz and Jonathan House.

•House Majority Leader Dick Armey: "In Harm's Way," by Doug Stanton.

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