Measuring success

A writer for suggests an interesting way to measure the success of Bush’s “faith-based” initiatives:

Perhaps the success of Bush’s idea is revealed in some statistics that Hein offered his audience last week. Of the 50 states, 33 governors have established some kind of office to enlist faith-based groups in a war on crime or poverty or drugs. Another 100 mayors have set up similar offices.

Isn’t that interesting? The article highlights programs designed to keep prison inmates from becoming repeat offenders after they get out of jail. So what standard do we use to measure the effectiveness of “faith-based” initiatives in reducing crime by ex-cons? Do we measure a reduction in arrests? Court cases? Convictions? Reported crimes? No, we count how many other political opportunists join the president in violating the part of the Constitution that mentions not passing laws “respecting the establishment of religion.”

It isn’t about producing practical results. It’s about pumping up the numbers for political purposes. And of course funneling tax dollars into church coffers.