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Grants should seek accountability

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Some politicians make my blood boil. Others mystify me with their apparent intelligence only to open their mouth and prove me wrong every time. And then there is Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, who to me embodies everything wrong with the Democratic party.

Here's the latest asinine move initiated by Waxman. Seems he's getting lost in the sea of Democratic liberals and thus, he wants to reposition himself more closely to the top of the liberal ladder.

I know this may sound outrageous, but some within the federal government are growing tired of funding billions of dollars in research grants for some of the most absurd "studies" imaginable. Just by way of example, there are 157 grant researchers using taxpayer money to study AIDS and sexual practices. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Some members of Congress - primarily conservative Republicans - requested some additional information from these grant recipients to help justify the mounting expense of these grants. To me that is simply a good business practice - you demand or expect accountability from money you're providing.

But Waxman doesn't see it that way. The California Democrat says the accountability sends a "dangerous message" that research is being "subverted to an ideological agenda." Well Mr. Waxman has it all wrong. And so do the overwhelming majority of his Democratic colleagues.

Since when can we not demand to know how our money is being spent and, more importantly, what purpose that expenditure is serving. As one conservative spokesman said, by now "we know what it takes to prevent getting AIDS. It takes not engaging in risky sexual behaviors," so why spend precious dollars to tell us what we already know? But to Waxman and his band of free spenders, you give the money and don't ask questions.

Those sick and silly pundits who try to defend the liberal positions in this country do a major disservice to the public. When partisan political gain overrules common sense, logic and the greater public good, then there is no room for dialogue. Henry Waxman has it all wrong. He's right about sending a "dangerous message." Unfortunately, Waxman is the one sending that message.

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