The right-wing blogosphere has been pretty much wetting themselves with self congratulations, rubbing everyone's nose in how one of those nasty, evil pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer, is donating $35 million in emergency relief aid to tsunami victims. But when you read more closely:
Pfizer Inc., the world's biggest drugmaker, is donating $35 million to victims of the weekend's earthquake and tsunamis in Asia, matching the aid the U.S. government has said it will provide.
The company said in a statement today it will provide $10 million in cash to relief groups and $25 million more in products, including its Zithromax, Zyvox and Diflucan anti-infectives.
Oops. Now that's not quite the same thing as $35 million in cash, is it? To be fair, it's certainly nice of Pfizer to be this generous, but it would be nice if, just this once, the conservative attack poodles and howler monkeys were actually honest about what was happening. Ah, well, when you've been dishonest your whole life, it does become a hard habit to break, doesn't it?
Did someone say "massive tax writeoff"?