Tuesday, February 08, 2005
In his new budget, George Bush plans to foot the bill for his tax cuts for the wealthy, as well as increases in Homeland Security and defense spending, by cutting social programs he claims are "ineffective."
Well we can all get behind that, right? Nobody wants wasteful government spending on programs that simply do not work. And we all know how bureaucracy can be self-perpetuating, and sometimes somebody really just needs to swing the axe.
So having read the report by the Texas Department of Health the other day, which found that abstinence-only sex education programs had "little impact" on teenage sexual behavior, I really have to give George props for having the courage to put our money where his mouth is.
Because according Buzz Pruit, professor of health and kinesiology at Texas A&M University, teens just don't seem to be taking the absinence-only message to heart. "We didn't find strong evidence of program effect....We didn't find what many would like us to find," he said. Both teen sex and the abortion rate are up under GWB's tenure.
So we wholeheartedly support President Bush's brave decision to go against his fundamentalist base and cut federal expenditures from this wasteful and largely useless program.
...oh, wait a minute...what's that?...abstinance education is getting a $39 million increase under the new budget, up to $206 million?