Politics isn't the only disease rampant in Washington, D.C.
It also has the dishonor of having higher rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis than any of the 50 states!
The District's chlamydia rate of 1,177 cases per 100,000 people was almost three times the rate of its neighbors, Virginia and Maryland. For gonorrhea, D.C.’s rate was 451.5 cases per 100,000, almost twice that of second-ranking Mississippi and more than three times the rate of neighbors Virginia and Maryland. (And more than 13 times the rate of Oregon, more than 25 times the rate of Utah.)
With syphilis too, Washington, D.C. led the nation: a rate of 24.8 cases per 100,000 overwhelmed second-place Louisiana's 16.5 per 100,000 rate and third-place Alabama’s rate of 9.7 per 100,000.
What is the answer? Chasity, of course.
But you'd never know it from this outrageously biased Reuters news story for it claims (directly contrary to well-established fact) that abstinence-only sex education doesn't work as well as value-free, no-limits, "safe sex" programs. Indeed, this nitwit reporter (Maggie Fox by name) manages in her story 1) to praise Barack Obama, 2) to use only the CDC party line (no contrary voices) for expertise, 3) to attribute increased rates of promiscuity among blacks to the increased rates of incarceration among blacks, and 4) to introduce her argument that the soaring rates of STDs are primarily because we're not talking about sex enough in America!
Where has this dolt been? As if sex wasn't the constant in American entertainment, a standard feature in education, the most common topic of conversation (and text messaging) among youth, and -- given the ever decreasing number of chaste citizens in the country -- a well-practiced, hands-on pastime.
But, as liberals are wont to do, they'll keep throwing good money and hard effort at miserably failed solutions. And the numbers of people affected by STDs will continue to climb.