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15201  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SC House of Reps votes to cut all HIV/AIDS funding on: March 10, 2010, 09:59:50 pm
Why was the state funding AIDS meds in the first place?  Was it a part of Medicaid, or was it it's own medical program (sorry - I just really don't know much about this)?

Actually I am not sure, though I do feel that since the government's job is to look after the welfare of its citizens keeping them alive would fall under that umbrella. But then again SC legislators may just be simply trying to purge the state of "undesirables".

Well, but I was wondering if they had a specific program.  Obviously it falls under welfare of citizens, but not really any more than any other serious diseases.

AFAIK, it's a totally State-funded program, unrelated to Medicaid.  The idea was to prevent people from getting so sick as to keep them from working.  Hence, a good deal of the tab is picked up by the fact that they work and pay taxes and don't end up on the Medicare rolls where the State would end up paying a share of what would likely be even more expensive medical costs anyway.
15202  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the preceeding poster's signature thread on: March 10, 2010, 09:44:26 pm
Tanks for the memories!
15203  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Wilson's Great Mistake on: March 10, 2010, 09:37:21 pm
Two minor nitpicks. It wouldn't have mattered if Sherman hadn't died as unlike the House when voting for President, the Senate only gets to choose from the top two contenders.  Also in real life, Nicholas Butler, President of Columbia University, received the electoral votes that Sherman would have gotten had he lived.
15204  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Will the Atlas Forum be in existence in 2020? on: March 10, 2010, 08:49:12 pm
Not to be too morbid, but it likely depends on whether Dave is still around in 2020 and if he is not, whether he has made any arrangements for what happens when he is not.
15205  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SC House of Reps votes to cut all HIV/AIDS funding on: March 10, 2010, 06:43:09 pm
The problem, Ernest, is that drug cocktails need to be maintained, or else one's viral load will increase and could develop a resistance. The fewer effective drug options your doctor has, the more likely you'll need to go to drugs with more severe side effects. If South Carolina wasn't committed to retaining this program, it should never have started it in the first; those who go on HIV/AIDS drug regimens and then are taken off them are more likely to develop full-blown AIDS than those who do not.

Einzige, I never said that this was a desirable policy decision, but that the budget cuts have to come somewhere and why this program was vulnerable to be chosen.  Any criticism of this particular cut needs to specify what they would want cut instead.  Warning! There isn't a whole lot of fat on the fiscal bone in this State, even in good economic times, and they've been cutting muscle during this downturn.  Tax hikes, except possibly for one on cigarettes, will not fly politically in this state. (Indeed, a bill to phase out the State's corporate income tax over ten years starting in 2013 is likely to pass this session of the General Assembly.)
15206  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: US Senators Survivor - round 4 on: March 10, 2010, 06:15:26 pm
15207  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: CSA States and territories Survivor on: March 10, 2010, 06:11:28 pm
Down with the Texians.
15208  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: U.S. States and Territories Survivor on: March 10, 2010, 06:07:34 pm
Puerto Rico
15209  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Rulers of Russia Survivor on: March 10, 2010, 02:51:31 pm
Council of Seven Boyars
15210  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Countries of Modern Europe Survivor on: March 10, 2010, 02:42:14 pm
15211  Election Archive / 2010 Elections / SC Chamber of Commerce gubernatorial endorsements on: March 10, 2010, 02:29:53 pm
(link - The State)

The chamber endorsed State Senator Sheheen (D) and U.S. Representative Barrett (R) in theor respective gubernatorial primaries.  I do like the McMaster campaign's quick response that was mentioned in the article:
McMaster's campaign responded to the endorsement, noting that Chamber members who work for financial institutions "owe a special debt of gratitude" to Barrett for his 2008 vote in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program bank rescue bill.

That bailout vote is likely to continue hurting Barrett, just as it is hurting Rep. Inglis in his 4th District race. Inglis has a credible primary opponent in 7th Circuit Solicitor Trey Gowdy, who is running about even with Inglis in the fund-raising battle and has a chance of unseating him.
15212  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SC House of Reps votes to cut all HIV/AIDS funding on: March 10, 2010, 02:01:20 pm
The program that was provisionally cut was only begun in 2006 back when the State had more revenue.  That it was a relatively recent program was probably one factor in selecting it for the chopping block.  Another was it is likely that fewer State employees would be affected adversely by cutting this program than another with similar savings as most of the cost is for the extremely expensive drugs involved.

Whilethe stereotypical view of who has HIV likely had a part to play in selecting this program to be cut, it wasn't due to pure malice.  Guesstimating from the numbers in the article, it looks like the program cost approximately $40,000,000 and was saving about five lives a year by keeping people fro being put on a waiting list for other programs that help people pay for the expensive drugs involved.  The question is how many lives could be saved by spending that money in other ways?  Cutting $40,000,000 here likely has less of an impact on the public weal than for example cutting $40,000,000 from the State's Medicaid budget would.

It also looks like those other programs decided that since the State was going to pay, they didn't have to. Back in 2006, the waiting list to get the assistance that was available was a bit over 600, yet apparently around 3,000 people will be affected if the budget cut stands.  This State certainly hasn't had a five-fold increase in HIV cases in four years.  The ballooning size of the program, far beyond what probably had been expected likely contributed to the decision to cut it.

In short, I see no reason why HIV funding should be considered sacrosanct. It's a good program, but those who are upset with the decision the House reached, should first say what other programs they would have cut instead to achieve an equivalent savings and consider the impact that those cuts would have.
15213  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: CSA States and territories Survivor on: March 10, 2010, 12:50:31 pm
15214  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Countries of Modern Europe Survivor on: March 10, 2010, 12:46:33 pm
Vatican City
15215  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Who should be taken off currency on: March 10, 2010, 12:01:39 am
While I don't think much of Jeffersonian ideas and politics, I always found it strange that he was given the $2 dollar bill rather than something more commonly distributed. Perhaps we can just switch Jefferson and Jackson (though Jackson shouldn't be anywhere on our currency).

The current assignment of who was on what bill was made back in 1928, when U.S. paper money was given its current size and standardized designs were used for Federal Reserve Notes, United States Notes, Silver Certificates, Gold Certificates, and National Bank Notes.  (Before then, the portrait could vary depending on the type of currency.) Back then, the $2 bill actually did circulate (as did the half dollar coin).
15216  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you cross your z's and 7's? on: March 09, 2010, 11:14:53 pm
While I use a slashed 0, I don't cross the Z or 7.  I distinguish between 2 and Z by having a a very curvy 2, like so.

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15217  Forum Community / Survivor / ROUND 2: Spades and Clubs: RESULTS on: March 09, 2010, 10:30:06 pm
The non-survivors are:
Spade Group: Empress Dowager Cixi [Qing Dynasty]
Club Group: Emperor Nicholas II [House of Romanov]

Voting is now open in Round 2 of the Hearts and Diamonds.
15218  Forum Community / Survivor / Diplomacy Survivor: Hearts and Diamonds : ROUND 2 Opening on: March 09, 2010, 10:23:06 pm
You may vote for one leader from each of the Heart and Diamond Groups.  You need not vote in both groups unless you wish to.  Voting is now open for these groups and will remain open for at least 24 hours.

Country: Title Name (Party) or [Dynasty/House] or [General]

Heart Group
Denmark: King Christian IX [House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg]
Dominican Republic: President Juan Isidro Jimenes (Jimenista)
Ecuador: President Eloy Alfaro (Liberal)
El Salvador: President Tomás Regalado [General]

France: Prime Minister Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau (Democratic Republican Alliance)
Greece: Prime Minister Georgios Theotokis (New)
Guatemala: President Manuel Estrada (Liberal)
Haiti: President Tirésias Simon Sam

Honduras: President Terencio Sierra (Liberal)
Italy: Prime Minister Giuseppe Saracco (Historical Left)
Japan: Prime Minister Itō Hirobumi (Seiyūkai)
Korea: Emperor Gojong [Joseon Dynasty]

Diamond Group
Liberia: President Garreston W. Gibson (True Whig)
Luxembourg: Grand Duke Adolphe [House of Nassau]
Mexico: President Porfirio Diaz (Liberal)
Montenegro: Prince Nicholas I [House of Petrović-Njegoš]

Morocco: Sultan Abdelaziz [Alaouite Dynasty]
Netherlands: Prime Minister Nicolaas Pierson (Liberal Union)
Nicaragua: President José Santos Zelaya (Liberal)
Norway: Prime Minister Johannes Steen (Liberal)

Orange Free State: President Martinus Theunis Steyn (pan-Dutch)
Paraguay: President Emilio Aceval (Colorado)
Persia: Mozaffar al-Din Shah Qajar [Qajar Dynasty]
Peru: President Eduardo López de Romaña (Civil)
15219  Forum Community / Survivor / Diplomacy Survivor: Spades and Clubs: ROUND 2 results on: March 09, 2010, 10:16:41 pm
Sorry for the delay.  Had troubles with my internet connection over the weekend and then resolving backlogs caused by the trouble took precedence over this.

The loser of the Club round was Empress Dowager Cixi [Qing Dynasty] of China so she is our 3♠.

The loser of the Spade round was Emperor Nicholas II [House of Romanov] of Russia so he unanimously becomes the 3♣.

Voting for Round 2 of the Hearts and Diamonds Groups will begin shortly.  Voting for Round 3 of this group will start in approximately 24 hours.
15220  Election Archive / 2010 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: SC-Rasmussen: McMaster ahead in GOP Primary, tight DEM Primary on: March 09, 2010, 10:02:56 pm
The tinfoil was mostly in response to his paranoid ramblings about bankrupting our children and socialist healthcare.

It was overblown, but not to tinfoil levels.  Obama certainly hasn't been a a deficit fighter and his efforts towards seeming so are mainly smoke and mirrors, just like Republican proposals to trim the deficit have been for the last decade. Requiring people to acquire health insurance and providing subsidies to the less well off to do is certainly socialistic, despite its use of the forms of capitalism to implement the policy.
15221  Election Archive / 2010 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: SC-Rasmussen: McMaster ahead in GOP Primary on: March 09, 2010, 06:03:57 pm
Is there any possibility Nikki Haley will win?  I kind of like her.

Not really.  I imagine that at this point, a good deal of that 12% share she has is coming from people who don't like the other three candidates and know that there are only four who are running.  She needed Sanford to have not taken up hiking to have a chance.

She does have an outside shot at making the runoff against McMaster, but I don't think at this point that she could win the runoff against anyone except Bauer.

The surprising thing for me in these results are the relatively high unfavorables for Sheheen. No way he deserves to have Fav/Unfav numbers similar to Ford.
15222  Election Archive / 2010 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: SC-Rasmussen: McMaster ahead in GOP Primary, tight DEM Primary on: March 09, 2010, 05:39:32 pm
Lief, by the standard you're applying, Clinton should have been convicted after he was impeached, so don't be so quick to be looking for tinfoil.

I'll agree that Sanford should have had a way someone could have reached him while he hiking the Appalachian Trail, but the fact of the matter is that the Office of Governor of South Carolina has so little real power, that absent a hurricane or the like, it didn't matter that he was incommunicado for a week.  (And I say this as someone who thought before all this happened that he was a poor Governor and voted for his opponent in both the 2006 GOP primary and the 2006 general election.)
15223  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the preceeding poster's signature thread on: March 06, 2010, 11:14:58 am
Makes hockey a little bit interesting, but frankly she'd be more interesting without the hockey shirt. Grin
15224  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: WinDis Polls - 2: Death Penalty on: March 05, 2010, 09:49:07 pm
Yes, but I think the way we implement it currently implement it in this country is worse than having no death penalty at all.
15225  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: General discussion about Congressional Apportionment on: March 05, 2010, 07:34:28 pm
But we're not considering how to allocate 435 seats, but rather how to allocate 385 seats.
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