French President Jacques Chirac called for an “experimental” international tax to help fund the war against AIDS, suggesting it could be raised via a levy on airline tickets, some fuels or financial transactions.
I bet he does. This is one of those few literal “over my dead body” things. Of course, we’ll be vilified for not signing on to this stupid idea but that’s life.
And what is it about AIDS? Why have a special tax for something that is completely preventable? Why not Cancer or something that is not preventable?
We can end the spread of AIDS tomorrow.* And the solution isn’t an international tax.
*Yes in the western world — But I really don’t want to hear about ignorant people in third world counties either… Dirty water kills more people than anything else on earth. If we want to help the third world, we’ll take all that money on AIDS education and spend it cleaning water.