Former governor and current state comptroller William D. Schaefer provides reason number 425321 for not living in the state of Maryland:
The mention of an HIV registry, something Schaefer championed without success a decade ago, had prompted an angry response from health officials and activists who believe that it would discourage people from being tested and seeking care. During yesterday's interview, Schaefer tried to explain why he continued to push a proposal that the legislature defeated three times in the 1990s.
"As far as I'm concerned, people who have AIDS are a danger," the comptroller said. "They're a danger to spread AIDS. People should be able to know who has AIDS. It costs an awful lot of money to treat them."
Maybe if we had some other way to identify those with AIDS. Hmmm. AIDS. AIDS. A! We could sew a big 'A' on these peoples' clothes. I'd be willing to be that you could find some surplus in Mass, or the surrounding areas.
"They bring it on themselves," Schaefer continued, saying risky behavior is the only way to get the disease. "They don't get it by sitting on the toilet seat. . . . A person who gives AIDS, who spreads AIDS, they're bad people. Everybody wants to be on the good side of everything. Well, I'm taking a stand."
Well, amazingly, he figured out you can't catch "the AIDS" by sitting on a toilet seat. Bravo!