Friday, October 19, 2007

Memories of Scandals

This paragraph left me wondering about priorities:

Our nation spent more tax money conducting Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton's affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, than they did in the investigation of the September 11th 2001 attacks on the United States. Many Americans fail to see the logic behind this.

The article is a comprehensive catalogue of G.O.P. (gross obstructionist perverts) sex scandals, if you enjoy that sort of thing.
Then they do things like this:
Why do the Democrats let the GOP walk all over them only to get a swift kick at the end? I know the majority is slim, but to give more money to one of the worst programs ever funded by Congress was downright stupid. To get it vetoed afterwards is just salt in the wound.

To entice Republicans to support the bill, the House of Representatives agreed to increase money for abstinence-only sex education by $28 million, to a total of about $200 million a year. Abstinence-only courses, the only form of federally financed sex ed, teach that sexual activity outside of marriage is likely to cause psychological and physical harm.

If that were true, our health care system would be not only broken, but besieged. A 2002 survey found that 93 percent of American adults had had premarital sex by the age of 30.

In addition to provoking shame about a nearly universal activity, abstinence-only sex education is ineffective and dangerous. Last April, a 10-year study found that students who took abstinence-only courses were no more likely to abstain from sex than other students. Previous studies revealed that abstinence-only students avoid using contraception.

Talk about conflicted. There's a whole potential dissertation on conservatives and sexuality. But I really would hate to be the one doing the research.

1 comment:

Mauigirl said...

Pygalgia, thank you for pointing out this article and all it discusses. This government is truly out of control and no longer making any sense to me. And I can't believe the amount they wasted on the Monica Lewinsky affair...where are the priorities??