Well, I agree this is certainly a problem:

Federal investigators have found widespread problems in child welfare programs intended to protect children from abuse and neglect, and no state has received passing grades from the Bush administration in reviews conducted over the last three years.

But here – as with, inter alia, education – I’d have to say sucking money out where there are problems is a poor solution:

As a result, states face tens of millions of dollars in penalties. State officials said the penalties could make it more difficult for them to pay for the needed improvements.

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