Until recently, the most obnoxious political rhetoric had come from former Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who absurdly declared that Republicans wanted Americans to "die quickly." However even that over-the-top rhetoric may have been overshadowed this week by Rajiv Shah, chief administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.
During testimony delivered before the House Appropriations State and Foreign Ops subcommittee Wednesday, Shah told federal lawmakers that Republicans' budget bill would kill at least 70,0000 children. Not coincidentally, Shah is depending on full funding to continue the administration's "Feed the Future" global aid campaign.
via The Cable:
"We estimate, and I believe these are very conservative estimates, that H.R. 1 would lead to 70,000 kids dying," USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations State and Foreign Ops subcommittee.
"Of that 70,000, 30,000 would come from malaria control programs that would have to be scaled back specifically. The other 40,000 is broken out as 24,000 would die because of a lack of support for immunizations and other investments and 16,000 would be because of a lack of skilled attendants at birth," he said.