Didn’t take Scotty long to “learn the ropes,” did it?
Update 2/4/10: Yep, Scotty is a pro at the hypocrisy game all right, in particular on health care as noted here.
Update 2/5/10: Why do I have a feeling that it’s going to be a really long three years with this guy (here)?
(CNN) – President Obama declared on Wednesday that Democrats can be trusted on the budget because, “the last time the budget was balanced was under a Democratic president.”
– Republicans say they should get at least some of the credit for the balanced budgets during the Clinton administration, because Republican majorities controlled both the House and Senate.
In response, I give you the following here (dated February 1998)…
WASHINGTON — In a White House ceremony heavy with political symbolism, President Clinton ushered in a new era yesterday in the way the federal government handles the taxpayers’ money.
Unveiling a $1.73 trillion spending blueprint, Clinton sent, as he had promised, the first balanced budget to Capitol Hill in 30 years. The president proposed spending more on a host of issues, including child care, environmental cleanup, AIDS and cancer research and education, paid for largely by a sizable increase in tobacco taxes.
Republicans questioned whether the federal government would ever reap such a revenue windfall, and some accused the president of backsliding on his previous declaration that the “era of big government is over.”
I swear, some things never change.
An abstinence-only education program is more effective than other initiatives at keeping sixth- and seventh-graders from having sex within a two-year period, according to a study described by some as a landmark.
The study, published in the current issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, indicated that about one-third of the preteens and their young teen classmates who received an eight-hour abstinence lesson had sexual intercourse within two years of the class.
“It is unreasonable to expect any single intervention, curriculum or program to solve the teen pregnancy problem,” (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) said. “True and lasting progress requires not only good programs in schools and communities, but also supportive norms and values, informed and active parents, good health services, a positive media culture and more.”
So yeah, it turns out that abstinence-only ed may be beneficial after all.
For two years.
And after that, you’re on your own.
And remember, you heard about all of these stories from CNN.
We’ll have to “leave it there.”