To children and other living things.
But I do think this kind of thing is happening because of, no despite, Bush's poor approval ratings. When you are down to 30% approval you can afford to do unpopular things, cause you ain't going any lower. When 55% of people approve of you, things need to be done to keep that number up.
But the 30% are going to stick with Bush even if he implements a Federally funded puppy kicking program.