David Kirkpatrick

November 25, 2008

Bush 43, fiscal liberal

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:30 pm

This is a prime example of where I break every possible way from the Bush 43 policies. The Community-Based Abstinence Education has been an abject failure and is a prime example of reckless fiscal liberalism coupled with thinly-veiled theocratic uber-conservative social policy.

A total lose-lose any way you slice it. Gives the religious right a few warm fuzzies and simply wastes the treasure of the United States.

From the link:

Our federal government recently announced that it would review abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that receive federal funds under the Community-Based Abstinence Education (“CBAE”) program. CBAE is one of three dedicated federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding streams. Over the last several years, the federal government has spent more than $1.5 billion on these programs, even though we’ve known for awhile that they simply don’t work.

Yesterday, we sent comments, expressing our frustration, to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), the federal agency proposing to evaluate CBAE programs. Our basic concerns: researchers have already concluded that these programs do not have any measurable effect; moreover, by definition, these programs exclude and stigmatize a large number of students.