Recently much was made about a report from the Washington Free Beacon claiming the 30 million Biden “Harm-reduction” program would be handing out free crack pipes in their “safe smoking kits”.
As expected, the White House vehemently denied the veracity of the Free Beacon’s report.
Also as expected, the White House is caught dead to rights lying once again. The Free Beacon writes:
Crack pipes are distributed in safe-smoking kits up and down the East Coast, raising questions about the Biden administration’s assertion that its multimillion-dollar harm reduction grant program wouldn’t funnel taxpayer dollars to drug paraphernalia.
The findings are the result of Washington Free Beacon visits to five harm-reduction organizations and calls to over two dozen more. In fact, every organization we visited—facilities in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, Va.—included crack pipes in the kits.
Well, what about that? Jen Psaki and the White House lying outright to the American public? Well, I never!
The Beacon adds:
The kits became the subject of national attention in the wake of a Free Beacon report in February indicating that a $30 million harm-reduction program was set to fund the distribution of free crack pipes in “safe-smoking kits.” Pressed on the matter in a Feb. 9 press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a full-throated denial.
“They were never a part of the kit, it was inaccurate reporting,” Psaki said of the pipes. “A safe smoking kit may contain alcohol swabs, lip balm, other materials to promote hygiene and reduce the transmission of diseases.”
🚨 Despite assurances from the White House, it turns out that Joe Biden's crack pipe smoking kits DO contain crack pipes. pic.twitter.com/ubtXbauzNr
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 12, 2022
But what about our ever reliable, unbiased, independent fact checkers?
The Free Beacon‘s findings contradict claims from a raft of fact-checkers who, based on the White House’s ex-post-facto denial, deemed the Free Beacon‘s reporting false.
A USA Today headline asking, “What’s inside a safe smoking kit?” answered: “No, it’s not a crack pipe.” The outlet based its fact-check solely on the administration’s denial and does not appear to have done any additional research on safe smoking kits. The author, Michelle Shen, did not respond to a request for comment.
So the Free Beacon went to five centers, and received five crack pipes? Sure sounds to me like they are distributing crack pipes, despite what Jen Psaki, or the USA Today fact checkers say.
I would be remiss if I didn’t ask, why exactly is the federal government spending our tax dollars, which they take way too much of, to supply drug abusers, junkies, meth heads, stoners and generally people who don’t contribute to society with THEIR tax dollars?
Compassion and public health arguments are all well and good, but are you truly helping someone when you don’t offer them treatment options, rather just new needles, crack pipes and lip balm?
The Free Beacon lists this among their examples of what they found,
Employees of the River City Harm Redux organization were found at a table set up outside a hotel on the outskirts of Richmond, Va. This reporter asked for two crack smoking kits, but was told only one remained in the day’s offerings. To make up for the shortcoming, the employees added a meth pipe along with two “snorting kits,” which include straws, a plastic razor blade to break up drugs, short plastic straws, a small spoon, and a bedazzled playing card to snort drugs off of.
Just mind boggling stuff here. Perhaps the government should be funneling resources towards treatment and rehab rather than just spiraling users further into addiction.
Perhaps, based on the condition of our country, the Biden administration needs to redefine what “harm reduction” means.