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Patronage Payola


Dear Editor:

Ah, the good old days of buying votes. According to federal grant documents, the Bush administration has funneled at least $157 million in grants to organizations run by political and religious ideological allies preaching politics voting dictates from the pulpit. There are far too many to list them all, but Heritage is a typical example.

Ten years ago Heritage was a tiny Christian, deeply Conservative anti-abortion organization heralding and teaching abstinence as the only recourse in avoiding pregnancy while denouncing a woman's right to choose, at the local schools, county fairs, and the local Navy base. They had a budget of $51,288.

By 2004, the Bush administration has made Heritage a major viaduct for his agenda through federal grants distributed by his Department of Health and Human Services, raising their budget to more than $3 million. Programs such as the Compassion Capital Fund, under the Health and Human Services, are designed to support the ultra-religion-based organizations which champion the Bush goals. Likewise, it inevitably funnels money to organizations run by people who promote Bush's extreme conservative cultural agenda.

This payola for patronage has been standard procedure for this administration. Indeed the tax cut for the wealthiest of our ever widening socio-economic classes is nothing more than more of the same. The corporations and the wealthy that raised him into office will continue to so as long as it remains mutually beneficial and it will as long as this corrupt administration remains in power.

CHRISTOPHER NICHOLAS
March 28, 2006

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