October 17, 2007
weapon of mass stupidity bush administration is at it again:
On Monday, President Bush appointed Susan Orr to oversee federal family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Orr, who is currently directing HHS child welfare programs, was touted by the administration as “highly qualified.”Another wonderfully Orwellian appointment.
But a look at Orr’s record shows that her strongest qualifications appear to be her right-wing credentials and endorsement of the Bush administration’s failed abstinence-only policies. Before joining HHS, Orr served as senior director for marriage and family care at the conservative Family Research Council and was an adjunct professor at Pat Robertson’s Regent University.
From the perspective of the bushies and some religious sects there is nothing stupid about this. It is exactly the type of appointment that they intended to make from before bush was selected president by the supreme court and have made over and over again.
For the rest of us it is another example of bushidity.
For many it is also yet another sharp example of government waste. As John Cole asks:
...why the hell do we even need this damned office?A good question!
If the department has any use at all it might be to help educate folks about what it takes to raise a child, encourage them to hold off on having children until they have the resources to raise them and explain over and over how valuable contraception is both in disease prevention and in birth prevention.
I'm not so sure a democratic or progressive administration would properly focus on both these points.
So, either give the money to Planned Parenthood or quit stealing it from us.Posted by Steve on October 17, 2007