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Superman Is Not Amused

July 9, 2011 by

Well, at least you can’t accuse these bureaucrats of not thinking outside the box (via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune):

It was not difficult to find critics when the government job-service engine Workforce Central Florida said it was spending more than $70,000 of federal stimulus money to help the unemployed by handing out 6,000 satiny capes for jobless “superheroes” to “fight” “Dr. Evil Unemployment.”

“Absolutely absurd” was the reaction of a laid-off customer-service representative to the program. Several critics interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel noted that such a program further erodes the unemployed’s fragile self-respect.

Workforce Central Florida, though, remained convinced. In the words of a spokeswoman, “Everyone is a superhero in the fight against unemployment.”

{ 14 comments }

Bruce Koerber July 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm

The best the victims of propagandized ‘education’ can come up with is some fantasy instead of solid logic and true understanding.

Capn Mike July 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

“Everyone is a superhero in the fight against unemployment.”

That’s like when some kid in camp works his little butt off to prep and win a race, and every other kid gets a ribbon because “We’re ALL winners”.

Windows Hater July 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Ask Jeffrey Tucker, he constantly tells that those who wake up in the morning to go to work and give the best of themselves hard at work are heroes. He also says that shop owners, restaurant owners and business owners that produce wealth are super heroes.

Yes, superheroes fighting against unemployment exist, they are called ENTREPRENEURS !

r July 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Hey, it’s government spending, and therefore good for the economy.

iawai July 10, 2011 at 12:59 am

I know you were being facetious, but even granting that premise validity wouldn’t this money be better spent by WCF in employing 2 or 3 of the unemployed in their own office for a year?

Or hiring one resume-help professional or interview coach?

Or throwing the money into the streets of Orlando?

Or anything with more capital value than freaking CAPES?

Apparently they’ve never seen “The Incredibles.”

Mark July 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I remember when AMD had a similar campaign. It was an attempt to boost morale during a recession. It sucked. I blame the Fed.

superhero July 10, 2011 at 3:02 am

On top of that i assume those Superman costumes were made in china? Utterly absurd!

Carson July 10, 2011 at 7:37 am

…that cape idea is similar to President Gerald Ford’s brilliant “Whip Inflation Now” (WIN) buttons (..costing way more than $9,000) in 1974.

Wise government actors must motivate dumb citizens with simple visual symbols (?)

D Storey July 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm

This, so much this. I’m normally given to snickering when I hear of programs and philosophies totally misapprehending an economic problem, and sometimes I even chortle aloud, but I guffawed unapologetically while listening to Ron Paul describe WIN buttons.

tlpalmer July 10, 2011 at 9:09 am

Wouldn’t a person wearing a cape have a smaller chance of getting a job?

augusto July 10, 2011 at 9:24 am

Not if you’re applying for a job as child entertainer at a mall.

Entropy. July 10, 2011 at 10:20 am

Really? Are these parasites with their tax-funded sinecure really so out of touch as to think that this is clever?

El Tonno July 10, 2011 at 10:48 am

Boom Voyage and Bust Voyage, The Evil Twins, supported by Fed Luthor.

George D. July 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Absolute proof that the ruling classes are utterly demented. Sad.

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