Thursday, February 08, 2007

If at First You Don't Succeed, Keep Throwing Money at It

President Bush wants to spend millions on an ad campaign that the government's own research has branded a failure.

The President wants $130 million -- a 31% increase -- for anti-drug commercials.

But a Government Accountability Office report on the ad campaign shows the ads have not reduced drug use -- and may have actually encouraged illegal drug use among teens.

The GAO reviewed and endorsed a private study's findings that exposure to the ads led to higher rates of first-time drug use.

Washington has spent more than $1.4 billion on the campaign since 1998.

This is your government spending. This is your government spending on drugs. (

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is pretty much the way all government spending works (or doesn't). It's just more obvious in this particular example.

"If at first you don't succeed, keep throwing money at it" is the mantra of both Democrats and Republicans. They differ (and only modestly at that) in the specific problems at which they wish to throw your money. "Bipartisanship" just means that they agree to throw money at each other's projects in order to keep the pork flowing.

The only way to change this is to elect Libertarians to office. They are the only party that doesn't think they can spend your money better than you can. And they support an end to the failed "War on Drugs."