If Hypocrisy Were an Olympic Event…..

I hope that everyone saw the stinging blurb in Roll Call yesterday on our wayward friend, Senator Vitter, and his adamant support for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. If not here's an excerpt:

The lover of family values (and, apparently, escorts) was one of the chief backers of a bill to reauthorize the program that gives states money to conduct abstinence education. A letter he and a handful of colleagues sent to the committee working on the bill includes this line, rendered particularly relevant in light of the Senator's Monday confession: "These programs have been shown to effectively reduce the risks of out-of-wedlock pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases by teaching teenagers that saving sex until marriage and remaining faithful afterwards is the best choice for health and happiness," the letter reads.

Let's see if we follow this. Vitter is saying that being faithful is the best way to avoid STDs and out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Might HOH suggest another method of doing just that—namely, not hiring call girls?

As the comedians like to say, "you can't make this stuff up!"

If hypocrisy were an Olympic event, Senator Vitter would get the gold medal. And he wouldn't be the only "family values" champion lining up for the gold. Remember Randall Tobias, former AIDS Czar and defender of the abstinence-only ideology at PEPFAR? Didn't he tap into the same Madam's services as Senator Vitter?

And how about Mr. Wolfowitz at the World Bank? At a time when he was trying to undermine support for international family planning programs, wasn't he also arranging "sweetheart deals" for his live-in (as in not married) girlfriend? And who can forget the Administration's abstinence-only-until-marriage "enforcer", Claude Allen, who resigned after being charged with felony theft. And, of course, there was the famous family values champion—and two-time adulterer—Newt Gingrich.

I suppose this would all be very funny were it not for the real damage these "family-values" hypocrites have caused to real young people through their championing of discredited abstinence-only programs.

Which brings me to our Democratic "friends" in the House who just yesterday staked out their own claim in the hypocrisy Olympics by passing an appropriations bill that increases funding for these failed abstinence-only programs by 25 percent—more than the Republican House was ever able to do. And this is supposed to represent the Democratic vision of "prevention first"? Infuriating!

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  • http://www.fphs.org invalid-0

    Great analysis – I’d only step up the level of hypocrisy from the sports metaphor to Mount Olympus in the sense of Olympian classic Greek tragedy . . .

    We poor humans become the victims of the all-too evident foibles and failings of the neo-Olympians . . . whose greatest fault is they have forgotten they are as flawed and human as the rest of us.

    Their policies, from Iraq to Abstinence-only, have been based on statuary with feet of clay. Let’s work to get away from romantic and idealized versions of ourselves and move to honest science and shared compassion.

  • http://truthtellingforum.com/ourblogs/?cat=3 invalid-0

    Corruption Gone Wild
    Friday, June 8th, 2007
    Private contracts are handed out by the federal government in droves these days. The industrial company Northrop Grumman, which manufactures the stealth bomber, has been granted a number of lucrative contracts despite past lawsuits filed against the company.
    Named the company of the year by Forbes in 2002, and ranked number 67 on Forbes 2006 Fortune 500 list, the Los Angeles based Northrop is the third largest defense contractor in the U.S.
    Bruenn v. Northrop
    Vaughn Bruenn worked as a cost analyst for Northrop until being fired after he sought treatment for Hepatitis C. Bruenn filed an unsuccessful lawsuit against the company. “Bruenn’s due process rights were violated when the trial judge failed to remove an incompetent juror,” states a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    The judge also refused to admit evidence of discriminatory remarks made by one of Bruenn’s supervisors. The supervisor mistakenly accused Bruenn of being a homosexual with AIDS. The Supreme Court refused to re-hear the case.
    Bruenn remarked, “Can you image the torment I’ve endured, reading 45 days after my appeal to US Supreme Court for unlawful termination from Northrop after treatment for Hep C and Depression, the implication I was a homosexual and had AIDS by a manager and co-worker.”
    Northrop Awarded USAID/PEPFAR Contracts
    The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) established the Partnership for Supply Chain Management (the Partnership) in 2005, a multi-billion dollar contract with 15 private sector institutions, including Northrop. The Partnership strengthens “the lifeline of essential drugs and supplies for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in developing countries,” according to PEPFAR. President Bush created PEPFAR in 2003, through the U.S. Agency for International Development.
    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Northrop a $4 billion dollar grant in May 2006, shared with four other companies, to provide services in the information technology platform and infrastructure services. Months later, in August 2006, USAID picked Northrop, along with three other companies, to compete for awards totaling $300 billion.
    Political Connections and Contributions
    According to the website OpenSecrets.org, Northrop maintains connections in the federal government. Several former Bush administration officials had ties to the company. Disgraced former Chief to the President, Lewis Libby served as a consultant to Northrop. Douglas J. Feith, former Under-Secretary for Policy, is the managing partner of a law firm whose clients include Northrop. Paul Wolfowitz, former World Bank president, also served as a consultant to Northrop. The current Under Secretary for the Comptroller Dov Zakheim is on Northrop’s paid advisory board.
    Lobbying in Washington, D.C. is a multi-billion dollar industry. In 2000 Northrop gave lobbyists a total of $6,882,720, and $1,181,280 in 2001 and 2002. Northrop gave contributions to several members of Congress including $20,000 to Senator Trent Lott (R) and $17,000 to Rep. Ike Shelton (D).
    Current Northrop CEO Ron Sugar makes political contributions to both sides of the aisle. California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) received a $900 campaign contribution in June 2006. George Allen (R) of Virginia, the incumbent senator defeated by Senator Jim Webb, received $1,000.

    Freshly restructured and more-or-less on the mend, USAID’s PEPFAR is yet growing at the optimal time.

    For 1 year, whistleblower Vaughn Bruenn said the time is at hand for a full investigation. That request has yet to materialize.

    “I think USAID needs to be very careful about allocating further funds until they can prove they can reduce the number of prior lucrative fraudulent PEPFAR contract awards,” said Bruenn, who openly complained about a $10.7M HIV/Hepatitis PEPFAR grant award going to Northrop Grumman 45 days after the US Supreme Court Denied Appeal Rehearing of his unlawful termination suit (Bruenn v, Northrop) after contracting, treatment of Hepatitis C.

    In May, USAID lost Randall Tobias to a well published DC madam sex scandal. The president announced a week ago, that he was appropriating an additional $30B for PEPFAR. The prior $15B is no longer there nor was misuses mentioned.

    Other also have shown to question logic of giant defense contractors like Northrop into the compassion care arena, especially as Northrop’s recover from years-long slump, openly stated desire to diversify, triggered by numerous DOD investigations concerns and fierce military contract competition.

    During that period of Tobias reign at USAID — when Northrop went from zero to $300B – now they’re the single largest USAID contractor.

    Congress became acutely aware of the crisis. But their own campaign funding sources were in many cases were often too rickety and resorted to Northrop for contributions (see Corruption Gone Wild)


    The lack of control puzzles Bruenn. He noted, that he wrote every member of congress, all turned their back on him and the ensuing USAID crisis. Tobias remained at his post for 1 year,

    ” Bruenn said some members of congress may be delaying action in hopes of catching the impeachment wave that is rumored for this fall”..

    “I think there’s a lot of reluctance on the part of congress to go out on a limb when impeachment proceedings are looming,” he said.


    Officials generally agree that while the USAID needs to increase funding, the cost of mammoth fraud at the hands of Tobias/Northrop does not necessarily outweigh or lower the need for a full investigation.

  • invalid-0

    Ironically, I think these hypocrits have proved their point. It is better to wait til marriage and remain faithful afterwards. I bet they now wish they would have taken their own advice. Do as they say, not as they do – cause look what a mess they’ve made!

  • invalid-0

    I am from a long long time ago in a galaxey far far away where there was no sex education in schools. Boys learned about sex in the time honored matter, in the lockerroom. We were much more sexually represed than the current generation. Althogh there was no sex education, there were ministers and parents speaking abstinence. I am here to say that it didn’t work. I lost my virginity at age sixteen and most of my fellow compatriates did also.

    We were out there doing the deed in the heat of passion with little or no knowledge of birth control or protection from STDs. As a result several teenage pregnancies resulted.

    Abortion was illegal, however the names of the quack doctors, and our coat hanger specialists were not hard to find.

    Responsible reality based sex education is needed badly. Abstinence Based Sex education does not work. Teens are going to have sex and they need to know how to protect themselves from pregnancy and STD’s. When are the powers at be get there hypicritcal heads out of their buts and see the light.

  • invalid-0

    Being from Louisiana I can say Senator Vitters actions in the matter of the call girls is typical for Louisiana politicians.Pour out shame on us all for having such a piece of garbage in the Senate and maybe folks down here will get rid of him next time he runs for office.»