Your Tax Dollars at Work

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Here’s more incredible news about your tax dollars at work.

           

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has provided more than $137,000 for a three-year study on the “sexual behavior of aging men.”   I’m not making this up -- and couldn’t even if I tried.

           

New England research institutes received federal grants totaling that amount “to examine trends in a range of sexual behavior.”   A house panel wants the Department Of Health and Human Services to explain “how this provocative data about aging men’s sexual fantasies and activities will benefit helpless children afflicted with pediatric diseases,” which is what the agency was supposed to be studying.

           

There is so much waste, fraud and abuse in government.   Politicians regularly tell us they can’t afford to cut our taxes because of the deficit (and now the popular turn-of-phrase is that tax cuts will “cost the government money,” as if it is theirs to lose), yet they run up the deficit with irresponsible spending like this.

 

We ought to dock politicians’ pay for every year they fail to reduce spending and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.

 

That would get their attention.

 

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

 

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