Arguably, the only successful program George W. Bush was responsible for was PEPFAR — a program to provide AIDS relief to Africa. Michael Gerson via Steve Benen:
In 2003, Bush started the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR — an unprecedented, $3-billion a year program to help the world fight AIDS and has resulted in an 80-fold increase in the number of Africans receiving life-saving AIDS treatments since the program began.
And it appears that it seriously worked:
The Biblical story of Lazarus is happening again in Africa. At least it looks that way.
One moment, men, women and children suffering from AIDS are lying at death’s door, barely able to move, open their eyes, or speak. Then a few days or weeks later, they are walking, talking, laughing; truly appearing to have come back from the dead.
This astonishing transformation has been repeated all over the continent thousands of times over the past decade. And, since 2003, America has been helping to pay for it.
But, of course, anything with the smell of “foreign aid” is being targeted by the Republicans:
But a budget-slashing effort in Congress this year threatens to bring much of that progress to a sudden and catastrophic halt.
It’s really astonishing how despicable this is, especially considering the visible impact of the program — a Bush Republican program.
Your “pro-life” party behaving in a decidedly “anti-life” way. Again. Perhaps if the recipients of the money were white-bread NASCAR fans from Alabama, the Republicans wouldn’t be so hasty to hand down such a massive death sentence to innocent people.