Monday, May 20, 2002
This is Your Brain on Government Spending
by The Independent Institute
|A recent survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Westat, a private research firm, concluded that teenagers mostly ignore the federal government's anti-drug advertisements.
Nevertheless, current White House drug policy czar John P. Walters said he wants Congress to continue funding the ad campaign -- which costs taxpayers $180 million a year -- so that his agency will have the resources to "refocus" the campaign. (New anti-drug ads, for example, link drug use to funding terrorism, although their effectiveness has not yet been studied.)
Apparently, managing the federal government's anti-drug efforts, like the drugs themselves, clouds one's judgement and induces panic when withdraw is threatened -- prompting THE LIGHTHOUSE to ask: When will taxpayers just say no?