I guess no more Silver Ring Thing for Massachusetts teens — at least not funded by the state …* As just about everyone in the blogosphere has already noted, the Patrick administration has decided to refuse $700,000 in funds for “abstinence only” education, which doesn’t actually result in, you know, kids not having sex.
Amazingly, the legislature wants to keep the money in there. Isn’t it amazing what having just one lobbyist can do for you?
Last year and this year, Raymond B. Ruddy — president of the Gerard Health Foundation, which has given millions to antiabortion and abstinence groups — hired lobbyist John Bartley to persuade lawmakers to include the funding in the budget for the program. Ruddy paid Bartley nearly $50,000 last year for his work on this single issue.
By having a high-priced lobbyist roaming the halls of the State House, one rich guy can get all manner of endangering lies, distortions and half-truths piped into our kids’ heads, at taxpayer expense. Think about that.
This is what our legislature is hearing and reacting to, folks. You think “civic engagement” doesn’t matter?
*Some headlines need to be recycled.