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Federally Funded Comic Books? Yes Indeed. Meet Squeaks!

Via The Blaze
Just when you think there are no new ways for the Federal government to waste your tax dollars, those creative geniuses in DC surprise us all. Say hello to the money-munching mouse known as Squeaks! Launched late last year, Squeaks created a little bit of a government-sponsored buzz;

Yes, of course, the history of printing is something that should be taught in our schools, but did the Federal government need to reinvent the wheel here? This space-exploring mouse is the star of a comic book printed by the GPO at a cost of $5.90 PER COMIC BOOK! If that doesn’t make your head spin, wait until you hear that the GPO sells the book for just $5.00, a loss of nearly one dollar for each comic book!

Are there no comic book companies left in the country that could have taken this project and execute it at a lower cost? Hello? Marvel and DC Comics would likely trip over themselves to get a hold of a large government printing contract.

Read more at The Blaze

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9 responses

  1. Monfang

    What stort of stupid people are running the US? Intentionally doing something for a net loss! What the hell?!

    I don’t even need to say anything. Everyone here should know how stupid this is.

    April 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

    • Twink

      Our whole government has been based on net lost spending your whole life. What do you call the national debt

      April 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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  3. I would think that anyone who doesn’t know that printing is important is beyond hope of educational saving. I don’t need to make a comic explaining the historical importance of breathing.

    The irony is I believe that whether the government did this in house or gave a contract to DC or Marvel would be irrelevant, Fox News and The Blaze would have still had this on the cycle. Unless this were an alternate universe where we had a Republican president at the moment, then it would have been on the Huffington Post noting the hypocrisy of Republicans on budgets.

    And the last thing I wonder is where they’re getting the 5.90/comic figure from, as I don’t see a link to that figure in the article anywhere.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    • Monfang

      Yes, les ignore the net lost and the idoicy of the entire event and focus on that the Blaze and Fox News reported it.. oh wait, the blaze isn’t affiliated with Fox News!

      The government is wasting money. Intentionally suffering a dollar net loss with each book. Lets focus on that.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

  4. Kushaba

    This is why our gOvernment needs to spend less money on this and graffiti removal and put it into our schools and hospitals!

    April 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    • Monfang

      I’d just be happy with them having enough sense to make money off of what they do!

      April 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    • Monfang

      I’d just be happy with them having enough sense to make money off of what they do!

      April 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

  5. OH yeah a mascot and comic book series created by the state, that sounds the least bit promising. Nothing like this should even exist. The only thing the government should do is fund programs that help the general public, health care, infrastructure, food and water cleanness, PBS style broadcasting that is free to bring us some culture to this place, inform about drugs but don’t restrict them and that’s it. Oh I am a dreamer.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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