Saturday, February 19, 2011

Stimulus funds aim to help kick cigarettes - Washington Times

But opponents called it a “grotesque” use of taxpayer dollars that has little to do with getting the economy back on track — the stated goal of the stimulus.


That is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Oh, how I've been wanting to comment on how stimulus funds are being used for anti-smoking campaigns, but I just have not had the time to do so. Thank you Washington Times for shining light on this egregious waste of our tax dollars. If you're wondering where your tax dollars (aka stimulus funds) are going while states are cutting funds for elderly home care and police, here is one "shocking" example. Oh, and if you have the time, there are some very interesting comments about RWJF that follow:


Stimulus funds aim to help kick cigarettes - Washington Times


Ugh, words cannot describe how I feel about this. In reading this article in the Washington Times today, I am brought back to a couple of articles from last year (here in Los Angeles). There are empty storefronts all over Los Angeles and the un-employment rate is one of the highest in the country! When I first read about stimulus funds being used for anti-smoking some months back, I thought that it must be some kind of joke. It's no joke. So, what "programs" are OUR stimulus funds in L.A. county being spent on? You guessed it: It's being used to bully the very citizens that are paying for it in the first place:

County wins $32M in stimulus grants to fight obesity and smoking

Los Angeles County won two stimulus grants Friday worth $32 million to fight obesity and smoking, the largest sum ever dedicated to these public health problems, officials said.

"This is really a win for the county," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the county Department of Public Health. "We will be able to do a variety of things to try and change the environment."


Really? Change the environment? How about we do something about the un-employment rate? Now that's something that would reduce a LOT of stress and make us all a lot healthier, something that these tyrannical, Orwellian turds obviously know nothing about.

Oh, and this article is priceless as well:

Anti-Smoking Campaign Announced For Los Angeles County

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Los Angeles County officials announced the kickoff of an unprecedented anti-smoking campaign for Los Angles County on August 25 at Palisades Park.


And..................

Funding for this campaign will come from a federal stimulus grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Communities Putting Prevention To Work initiative.


Wowza! So, my dear non-smoking friends whose spouses and friends are losing their jobs at unprecedented rates here in the lovely "Golden State" (and elsewhere around the country), just realize that the next time you see a "media campaign" that is designed specifically to bully your smoking friends like me, know that YOU too are paying for it. How do you feel about the NS (Nanny State) now?

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