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You Paid for It

Recorded on December 7, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Here's another story about that federal stimulus package which cost us almost a trillion dollars. It did little to help our economy but instead dug us deeper into debt.

It's been discovered that over a million dollars of that money went to produce a soap opera.

Here's how it happened. The Department of Commerce was given $7-billion to promote broadband and Internet access to low-income and ‘underserved’ populations. They gave $28-million to a company that decided to produce programs for webcasting. Thus was born the soap opera “Diary of a Single Mom,” shown only on the Internet.

They claim the show gives people an incentive to go online, and thus promotes Internet access.

By that twisted logic, they could justify setting dollar bills on fire, and posting pictures of it online. And you would pay for it.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.