Unemployment is still sky high, and governments at all levels are facing budget crunches. It’s more important than ever to use tax dollars wisely. Take the case of “Dr. Evil Unemployment,” a taxpayer-funded program which provides superhero capes to unemployed people. What will they think of next?

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Dubbed the “Cape-A-Bility Challenge,” a $73,000 public-relations campaign by Workforce Central Florida features a cartoon character named “Dr. Evil Unemployment” and includes handing out about 6,000 red superhero capes to jobless Central Floridians.

The campaign, revealed Saturday in a report in the Orlando Sentinel, was met with derision by many unemployed who questioned spending more than $14,200 on capes and $2,300 on foam cutouts of “Dr. Evil Unemployment.” They said the campaign’s tone risked minimizing the severity of the region’s labor problems.

The campaign risks minimizing the labor problems? How about the fact that tens of thousands of dollars are being spent on this? Oh well, at least making the capes is providing a few jobs… probably in another country.

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