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Sunday, April 15, 2007


Speaking of John McCain

And we were just speaking of him (see item below). McCain has made quite a name for himself as an opponent of "wasteful" government spending. He's usually picking on funding for museums, or scientists conducting experiments that don't seem to have direct relevance, or other such low-budget programs which are easy targets. Aside from not criticizing the biggest waste of all (the trillion-dollar war budget), I wonder if he'll have anything to say about this $176 million/year waste:
Students who took part in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by Congress.

Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes that were reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes. And they first had sex at about the same age as other students—14.9 years, according to Mathematica Policy Research Inc.

The federal government now spends about $176 million annually on abstinence-until-marriage education.
I won't be holding my breath.

Update: As if on cue, today's headline: "McCain assails wasteful spending." No mention of abstinence "education."

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