Friday, April 13, 2007

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder

The Federal Government has been spending $179 million a year for abstinence programs, trying to discourage teen agers from having sex. It will gratify you to know that the money has been completely wasted. A just released study shows that teens who take an abstinence program are exactly as likely to have sex as those who don't take them. and they have their first sexual experience at the same age, 14.9 years on the average (that's on the average !). It did not say what the median age was. I don't know how many eleven year olds it took to balance out the 16 year olds to get to 14.9. It makes you shudder. But did anyone really believe that spending $179 million dollars a year was going to dent the number of teens having sex. I don't think a billion dollars a year would do anything. Nothing short of locking children between the ages of 12 and 17, away in solitary confinement for the duration of their puberty is going to stop them from having sex.

So since we know that abstinence training does not work, do you think that there's a chane that we might spend that $179 million on other things that will at least prevent teen pegnancies or std ? What are the odds of that actually happening ? My guess is that the government will choose to spend even more money on abstinence programs. Even liberal Democrats support them, because to not do so makes you look immoral. So, for political cover, these things will go on and on. No one will have the nerve to stand up and say, why we should throw $179 million down a rat hole year after year ?Why shouldn't we spend the money on something that might actually have some effect on disease and unwanted pregnancy ? Because the polititians don't give a shit if the program works. It's not their money, it's ours they are spending. They just want to feel good when the spend it. It is like cities that sign up with a private recycling program that does not guarantee that they will recycle materials. A bunch of them have done that over the years. It costs each citizen more of their tax dollars to collect the garbage, and it might well make no difference in the amount of solid wate disposed of, but damn does it make you feel good if you are an environmentalist.Looks good when you run for office.

The only difference in the two parties in this country is the types of things that make them feel good when they spend your money. They are never going to stop no matter how inefective these programs prove to be. What the country really needs is some abstinence courses for Congressmen and women to teach them to abstain from funding bullshit programs. They could start with the damned war.


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