What Next? Taxpayers Buying Humor Edition (Updated)

Rory Cooper /

While America debates rising deficits, rising debt, and reckless spending bills, the mood in Washington is understandably sour. For the Americans fortunate to have jobs in this recession, there is still a sense of anxiety about what is around the economic corner. For their jobless friends and family, there is only the hope that the White House and Congress are doing everything in their power to turn the economy around. And how are President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner responding to this mission? By using taxpayer dollars to hire “Humor in the Workplace” experts to cheer up the good folks at the Treasury Department. 

That’s right. As the President and Congress debate raising taxes on all Americans, debate a $1.3 trillion government health care expansion, debate a massive global warming tax, and debate cutting missile defense and F-22’s, they are also debating how to flush these hard-earned tax dollars down the drain. On July 9, the Treasury Department released a solicitation for “Humor in the Workplace” contractors, who have the ability to “create cartoons on the spot” and who know “why humor is important.”  After buying GM on behalf of American taxpayers, the timing is certainly understandable. (more…)