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government's brain... on drugs.
According to the powers that be in Washington
DC, our government’s $1 billion anti-drug ad campaign may have actually
increased teen drug use.
Drug czar John P. Walters was forced to admit that the five-year, $929
million ad campaign developed by the
Partnership for a
Drug Free America "isn't reducing drug use." His confession came after
a study released recently by the
Westat research firm
and the University of
Pennsylvania showed that after the ads were viewed by 12- to
18-year-olds there was no decline in the number of kids who said they
intended to experiment with drugs.
In fact, some kids who saw the TV ads said they were slightly more likely
to experiment with illegal substances after seeing the federally funded
commercials ads which, Walters admitted, may "incite (kids') curiosity."
"This is your government's brain - on drugs," said Ron Crickenberger,
political director. “If Walters is correct, this failed ad campaign has
turned the government into a de facto drug pusher. The television ads
financed by this bumbling federal agency could be luring your child into
using drugs. It's time to recognize the danger posed by cash-snorting
bureaucrats who are addicted to your money, and abolish the drug czar's
Adding insult to injury is the fact that parents are actually paying for
the TV ads with tax dollars. "If you're a parent who has trusted the
government to keep your child from drugs, you have a right to be angry,"
Crickenberger said. "Politicians have squandered your money and left your
children in more danger than before. We may never know how many children
are enticed into using drugs as a direct result of these ads. But isn't
one child one too many? This ad campaign should be ended immediately,
before it does any more damage to American children."
But instead of canceling the ads, Walters has asked Congress for an
additional $180 million to create a new, "more effective" advertising
campaign next year. “Walters has responded to his agency's failures like
any other addict, by promising to change, to reform, to 'do better next
time' if only taxpayers will give him another chance - and more money,"
Crickenberger said. "But the truth is that Walters and his cohorts waging
the drug war are hopelessly addicted to your tax money, and by funding
them, Congress is acting as an enabler.
“The only solution is to cut off the tax money that is funding this failed
ad campaign and force the drug warriors to quit cold turkey. Then abolish
the Office of National Drug Control Policy, before these incompetent
bureaucrats entice more American kids to use drugs," Crickenberger
Adding fuel to this fire, the
Institute for Policy
Studies recently published the lengthy findings of a four-month-long
investigation conducted by freelance journalist Daniel Forbes. The full
here) details allegations of political malfeasance, misuse of public
funds and illegal use of government resources in Ohio with the approval
and involvement of Ohio Governor Bob Taft.
“The Taft administration is so fearful of the loss of control over money,
jobs, sentencing policy and sheer bureaucratic heft,” the report alleges,
that under the guise of a (legal) “fact finding mission,” a huge, costly
and completely illegal “media campaign” was planned, orchestrated, funded
with tax dollars and aided by highly placed federal officials with the
objective to quash a legislative initiative intended to overturn outmoded
drug laws by offering treatment rather than prison to defendants charged
with a first or second instance of simple drug possession.
“Overall control of vast sums of money and vast numbers of jobs underlies
the political struggle,” an Institute news release contends.
“It is very clear to anyone who takes the time to read the documents that
this powerful gang is intent on halting (anti-drug war) initiative efforts
in Michigan, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona and
elsewhere,” concluded Richard Lake, editor,
about yet another aspect of this burgeoning issue that is happening right
now in Washington DC and will ultimately impact folks across the USA....