Your Tax Dollars at Work

A headline in today’s Washington Post: “States May Deny Sex Offenders Funds for Viagra.” They must be kidding, you say? Read on:

A federal agency began notifying states Monday that they do not have to pay for Viagra for convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services acted one day after the New York comptroller’s office said audits from 2000 through March found that 198 sex offenders in the state received Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra after their convictions. Their crimes included offenses against children as young as 2, Comptroller Alan Hevesi said.
Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist said later Monday that Medicaid has paid $93,000 to provide Viagra to 218 sex offenders in that state over the past four years.

Here’s what I don’t understand: year after year, the American people vote for conservative candidates. But it just doesn’t matter. You can vote for conservatism, but you can’t have it. No matter who gets elected, government programs spiral ever farther out of control. And–especially tonight–one really wonders whether there is anything the voters can do about it.