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  • What Next? Taxpayers Buying Humor Edition (Updated)

    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.

    If Congress’s plan to fund their massive government health care bureaucracy through large tax hikes succeeds, America will have one of the highest top tax rates in the world. America’s top earners will be taxed more earners in France, Germany, Japan, and all but a few other developed nations. So when Washington is recklessly spending your money, and then asking you for more, it is reasonable to expect some common sense. Luckily, they do realize their own absurdity when they point out in the solicitation: “This is a business environment and we need the presenter to address a business audience.” Sure, what business in America doesn’t hire someone to draw caricatures?

    On the bright side, this is an open job. So if you have special humor talents or a cartoon business and are out of work, you should respond to this source solicitation at psb2@bpd.treas.gov, where applications are being accepted per their procurement notice. And if you’re really smart, you’ll set up franchises across the nation, because the more our economy suffers, the more everyone is going to need a good laugh. Unfortunately, we’re not having one today.

    UPDATE: A Senior Advisor with the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Public Debt reached out to The Foundry in response to this story. Mckayla Braden said: “A recent procurement request for information (RFI) seeking a training consultant to aid managers has been canceled. The RFI did not represent an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars, and we regret the early steps taken on this effort.”

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    11 Responses to What Next? Taxpayers Buying Humor Edition (Updated)

    1. John McKittrick says:

      Meanwhile, 1,000 missile defense workers clean out their desks today as a result of Obama's budget choices: http://closingvelocity.typepad.com/closing_veloci

    2. Jo,Mich says:

      Don't Geithner and Obama realize they already are the humor in the workplace with the stuff they propose.

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    4. Roger S., MA. says:

      What I don't get: how can anybody work at treasury, see the real figures, know what they mean-after all, that's their line of work, know they're correct, and not run screaming to the doctor? or asylum? I just don't get it!

      Maybe they all "snorted" too much, back in college, and it's messed up their brains permanently?

      Come to think, there's a theme for a good cartoonist.

    5. Chris Valenzuela, St says:

      What they are doing to us cannot be spun in a humorous way without infuriating the electorate. They need to contract with a chaplain.

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    7. Ramon Whittaker, Nev says:

      Sorry folks, I just can not find anything humorous about watching the destruction of my country.

      These are the same people who have removed God from our foundation; and in the process destroyed the family unit.

      Sad times indeed!

    8. Jerry from Chicago says:

      Bringing humor into the Treasury Department, hmmmm. That would be a waste of money. I'm sure those working in the Treasury are laughing like hell about all of the taxes we will be paying and they will be collecting.

      I am sure there will be people out there reading this who won't believe it. However, I can assure you it was true. Yes, I said "was" true. I saw this on the internet on the government site where "requests for proposals" are posted. The request for a 'humorist' at the Department of the Treasury (one who could create cartoon story boards quickly) was suddenly removed from site shortly after it was posted.

      This has got to be right up there with the decision to fly Air Force One over the Statue of Liberty, followed by an F-16, over NYC recently. I'll be the guy who orchestrated that fly-over would do a good job bringing humor to the Treasury Dept.

    9. Ross Writes, Brade says:

      Mckayla Braden, Senior Advisor at Treasury's job may be in jeopardy! Someone in authority in Treasury with commonsense, that is extremely unusual. I bet he even pays his taxes like the rest of us! Mr. Braden, please, please watch your back, someone may go "postal" on you…like the Secretary of Treasury.

      Commonsense cannot and will not be tolerated by this Administration nor the (socialist) Democrat majority in congress. For-warned is for-armed!

    10. Glenn, Aiken, SC says:

      NO, The next step is cartoons on the money, because if this spending doesn't stop soon that is what the dollar will be, a joke!

    11. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      When we are all eating from the same Plate,than we

      can be sure it will be be fair! Can the Politicians handle it?

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