Friday, October 14, 2011

Your Government at Work: Dry Off Those Bath Toys

By Barry Rubin

I keep coming across--on Internet and radio--ads produced by the U.S. government on every conceivable health and behavioral issue. They may be carried for free on sites and channels but there are still tax-paid employees producing and distributing them. They serve as fitting examples of what's wrong with government today.  And it's really funny when they turn up in huge quantity on local radio broadcasts of Rush Limbaugh and other anti-big government programs.

Sure they are for nominally good causes, for example the don't take your toys into the bedroom because they cause asthma attacks campaign. Then there are unforgettable ad campaigns over a guy who died because he ate too many fatty foods, why we should ride bicycles to work, warnings against crooked house mortgage companies, insistence that we go get medical check-ups, and countless others.

But the one that set me off is on Yahoo today. It shows an orange and yellow fish and says: "Dry off tub toys and bath area to prevent mildew." And below it are logos for the Ad Council and the EPA.  If you click you get to this site:

which also carries the EPA logo.  And if you click there you get here: which tells us all the wonderful things EPA is doing to police the air, water, etc.

Read it all:

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