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.”