Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Monday, May 14, 2001
Wednesday, May 09, 2001
The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The abuse to which the well-meaning establishment of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives will be put outweighs the apparent benefit. The purpose of the OFBCI is clearly spelled out in Section 1 of the Executive Order:
...private and charitable community groups, including religious ones, should have the fullest opportunity permitted by law to compete [for Federal funding] on a level playing field, so long as they achieve valid public purposes, such as curbing crime, conquering addiction, strengthening families and neighborhoods, and overcoming poverty.
Please note the phrase "valid public purposes," the first two of which are "curbing crime" and "conquering addiction." Determining if these "valid public purposes" are being achieved would entail a certain amount of record keeping. In Section 3 of the Executive Order states that a "principal function" of the OFBCI is "to ensure that the efforts of faith-based and other community organizations meet high standards of excellence and accountability." Accountability involves reporting on the participants of the program.
Finally, in Section 4. "Administration. (a) The White House OFBCI may function through established or ad hoc committees, task forces, or interagency groups." Clearly establishing that a community drug treatment clinic would be reporting its clients to the DEA.
Since the founding of the Drug Enforcement Agency by President Nixon in 1973, the DEA has used an extremely liberal interpretation of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1973 to ignore the Civil Rights of U.S. citizens. They repeatedly violate the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. Specifically: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..." and "No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law..."
Only those "Faith Based and Community organizations" which support the violation of our Civil Rights would apply for the money offered by any government program formed by the OFBCI. This makes the Office nothing more than a funnel for tax rebates to DEA informers.
If the President truly wishes to aid "Faith Based and Community organizations," I suggest a 100% Tax Cut for all US citizens. This action would promote greater acts of charity and community support than any other.