Monday, December 18, 2006

Bono's back in Washington begging for alms

Everyone's favorite hypocrite is back in Washington seeking $1 billion of public money to fight AIDS and malaria in Africa.
Meetings in Washington last Thursday between rock star Bono and Democrats, including Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada, yielded a nice photo-op but not much else, according to Bono.

Bono, the U2 frontman and anti-poverty activist, was on Capitol Hill to seek assurances that $1 billion in planned U.S. spending to fight AIDS and malaria in Africa would not be lost if Congress freezes agency budgets in the coming year.

Bono said he also was seeking to close a "commitment gap" between what President Bush has requested for anti-poverty efforts and what Congress has agreed to spend in the past.

After meetings with incoming Senate Majority Leader Reid, House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee, Bono said he came away empty-handed.

"I'm alarmed we could not get a commitment from the Democratic leadership to prevent the loss of $1 billion in the continuing resolution," Bono said Thursday in a statement.

"I don't know who to blame. Democrats are blaming Republicans. Republicans are blaming Democrats. But the million people who were expecting (mosquito) bed nets don't know who to blame. They just know that a promise made by the United States to keep their families safe is in danger of being broken next year."
Blame Bono. The cost of Bonehead's airfare and accommodations could have provided a small country with mosquito nets, but Bono is selfish and rather more concerned with his own career. Remember, Bono does all he can to avoid paying taxes in his own country, though he travels around the world begging for the spoils of other countries for his favored causes. Thanks to Bono's selfishness, an African will die tonight of AIDS with complications brought on by malaria.

C/P at The Broom.


Mike said...

Seen on another blog, repeated from memory:

U2 is playing a show in Edinburgh. In between songs, Bono gets very serious and asks for complete silence in the arena. Very slowly, he begins clapping his hands into the microphone.

"Every time I clap my hands," he intones, "a child dies in Africa." Clap... clap...

Loud and clear, a voice calls out from the audience, "Well, then fucking stop DOING it already!"

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see the receipts for any charitable donations Bono has undertaken from his own massive, undeserved fortune. I mean, if there is any besides the amount that's tax-deductable.