Thursday, February 08, 2007

Souder to Waste Taxpayer Money on Ineffective Anti-Drug Advertising

Cross-Posted at Left Of Centrist

Big surprise huh? This guy would fund ANYTHING if it could be labeled anti-drug. As this story points out, the President wants to increase funding for an ineffective anti-drug campaign.

The administration has asked for a 31 percent increase in funding for the advertising campaign that a nearly five-year study concluded had increased the likelihood that all teens would smoke marijuana. The White House proposal would increase the program's budget to $130 million over the next year.

Am I the only one that gets outraged by this stuff? You have data from a study within the federal government TELLING you that the federal government is wasting your money! And we want to continue it?

The program came under special scrutiny when the Government Accountability Office released its study results last August. The nearly five-year, $47 million study was conducted by Westat, based in Rockville, Md., for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Since 1998, the federal government has spent more than $1.4 billion on the campaign, through television and print ads.

In 2003, the Office of Management and Budget evaluated the program and determined it showed virtually no results. The 6 percent score on the program's effectiveness forced the program to come up with an improvement plan.

And what does Souder think? Surely as a staunch "conservative" he doesn't support wasting HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS more of our dollars right?

Martin Green, Souder's press secretary, said the congressman fully supports the increased funding for the ad campaign, but only so long as the ads combat methamphetamines as well as marijuana.

There you go. "Conservative" Mark Souder once again shows his true colors...

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