Friday, November 28, 2008

Everything but the tree

My latest post on the Blog at Mises.org:








Everything but the tree

Jim Fedako


Obama pledged to cut wasteful spending, including "programs that have outlived their usefulness or exist solely because of the power of politicians, lobbyists or interest groups." I guess that leaves just the White House Christmas tree. And even that's suspect.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's my favorite: Head Start.

Scroll down to the bottom chart to see the enrollment and funding history of the program since it's inception (1965).

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/about/fy2008.html

Between 1965 and 2007 there has been a 65% increase in enrollment, but a 1,000% increase in funding--and that's with adjusted dollars (it's 7,000% unadjusted).

The areas with most Head Start enrollment have the highest high school drop out rates, with some reaching as high as 83% (New York City).

And Obama wants to expand this useless program?

He says that he'll end those programs that aren't working. Clearly, Head Start 'aint working. Something tells me that that was just another empty campaign promise. I can't see the "Community Organizer" ending Head Start--or even reforming it.

Anonymous said...

Not only that, but a couple of days ago one of the Gannett papers in the area, The Lancaster Eagle Gazette, published a propaganda-laden opinion letter by a local parasite who was touting programs to get children from birth into government training programs. These totalitarian monsters will not rest until they take everyone's children away and put them in what they call public school. Of course, it makes more jobs for the parasite class and it makes brainwashing the population so much more efficient.