Thursday, February 16, 2006

Your tax dollars at work

I read most of the media trades, and you see a lot of stories that make you feel dirty. The spin that comes out of Hollywood or the TV industry can sometimes make the politicians look like boy scouts. But here’s a story that just pisses you off.

The Bush administration has spent $1.6 billion on ad agencies and p.r. firms over the past two-and-a-half years. That’s billion with a “b.” For spin.

And, among those billions, were contracts for agencies providing “‘expert advice and support in the development of several marriage-related research initiatives,’ an educational campaign regarding the 'Medicare Modernization Act, and its coverage and benefits,’ and a contract regarding ‘message development that presents the Army's strategic perspective in the global war on terrorism.’"

In other words, your government is spending your tax money to encourage marriage (translation – make sure those homos can’t marry, red state America does not approve); sell the Medicare drug plan (translation – it’s been a disaster and we have to try to appease the senior citizens); and talk up the Army (translation – we need more bodies, because recruitment has fallen off dramatically since the Iraq debacle began).

Tell me again, how the Democrats are the wasteful big spenders?

And, by the way, how many cops, teachers, fire houses, border patrol agents, airport security systems, or reconstructed homes in Katrina-ravaged areas could that $1.6 billion have paid for?

15 comments:

Grande Enchilada said...

Darling! Your heart is so in the right place I think I'm falling in love with you.

Anonymous said...

haha I think I'll take him first grande enchilada by getting him drunk! :)

Anonymous said...

toodles it sounds like u mean he wouldn't be with u unless he was drunk. You didn't mean that surely did u? lol

Anonymous said...

Hey I go to McFaddens but I wasnt there last night if that's when you saw the girls dancing on the bar. If you're lucky I'll send you a picture of me dancing :)

Anonymous said...

Oh please hunny, I'm sure your picture is already on the web somewhere - why don't you just tell us the address and we can all go look at it.

Anonymous said...

devilish b - I'm thinking it's pretty safe to say no one wants to see your picture!

Anonymous said...

Oh no trust me he would like my picture and you would hate it you jealous little bitch. Just curious, why do you hide behind anonymous by the way?

Not a hipster said...

Anonymous, devilish b, you're both being petty and silly. Lighten up!

Anonymous said...

Thank you not a hipster!! It was getting like the lunch room in a middle school for a while there.

Anonymous said...

It's always weird to me that no matter what the actual subject of a blog post is it somehow becomes people fighting over a totally non-related subject. Why is that? How about worrying about the subject of the blog about all the money wasted on advertising and pr by the Bush government instead of someone's pictures? Who cares? When this gov't spends my tax dollars, and thats what all that money was, my taxes and yours too, I wonder who is holding them accountable. Well, no-one is.

Anonymous said...

Everyone chill. It's good to talk about those serious subjects but its a blog so that means we can also talk about the silly stuff too including someone's pictures or dancing on a bar, as well as tax money. Why shouldn't you be able to talk about both?

Not a hipster said...

I don't think anyone said some things can't be talked about...it's just silly when people start trading insults about looks when they have no idea what the other looks like. It's pretty juvenile.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else notice how not a hipster always tries to be the one to tell the rest of us how to act here?

Not a hipster said...

HAhahahahaha. People can act anyway they want, and I can show my disagreement, just like you do. Isn't that what you're all about?

Anonymous said...

No I havent noticed that bally 107 - but I have noticed your ongoing bullshit and her calling you on it once in a while.

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