Cato@Liberty is all over the release of a recent study by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which looked at the positive effects of the very expensive Head Start program.
Looking at effects on participants does not change the overall patterns found in the main analysis, which show that Head Start improved children's language and literacy development during the program year but not later and had only one strongly confirmed impact on math ability in a negative direction. (For the 3-year-old cohort, kindergarten teachers reported poorer math skills for children in the Head Start group than children in the control group.)And Andrew Coulson notes that the mainstream media coverage of this report of expensive failure has been…
Nada. Zilch. Rien du tout, mes amis.Now: Candidate Obama's website still has the promise:
Obama and Biden review the federal budget line by line and eliminate programs that don't work work or are unnecessary.Here's Obama in his first debate with John McCain:
We've got to eliminate programs that don't work, and we've got to make sure that the programs that we do have are more efficient and cost less.Here's Obama in his second debate with John McCain:
I want to go line by line through every item in the federal budget and eliminate programs that don't work …And here in a January 11, 2009 interview with George Stephanopoulos:
Well, you know, these are going to be major challenges. And we're going to have to make some tough choices. Now what I've done is indicated to my team that we've got to eliminate programs that don't work.… and I'm pretty sure the Google could dig up some more examples; Obama seemed to have an internal hotkey programmed to regurgitate the phrase on demand.
So, Mr. President: Head Start doesn't work. What are you going to do about it?
Fearless prediction: nothing. So far the only education program that the Obama Administration has successfully eliminated is one that did work: the voucher program that allowed poor D. C. kids to attend private schools.