There is an interesting debate occurring in Washington — not over the continuing cuts in core health and environmental programs, but one of the programs that was protected from cuts. The Obama Administration has continued the funding of programs encouraging marriage and promoting fatherhood . . . to the tune of over $120 million. It was part of a large effort of the Bush Administration funding both faith-based programs and family-oriented projects.
There is an office called the Administration for Children and Families, (ACF) in the Department of Health and Human Services. It has continued to issue grants totaling $119.4 million in grants to 120 organizations. Of these, $59.9 million went to 60 “marriage programs.”
Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation insists that the programs are essential to fight the decline of the American family.
I am less convinced that this program is more worthy of funding than, for example, the NOAA budget or other programs. Of course, this same Administration that continues to burn hundreds of millions in Iraq and Afghanistan as we shutdown core programs for lack of funding.
What is clear is that (to paraphrase Animal Farm) will all programs may be equal, some are more equal than others when it comes to budget cuts.
What do you think?