Patterico's Pontifications

2/8/2010

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:39 am



$2.5 million of them, to be exact:

I’ve watched this twice now and I still don’t get it.

The only way you could waste the money worse would be to give it all to me for this Web site.

28 Responses to “Your Tax Dollars at Work”

  1. Ir would be LESS of a waste to give it to you!

    mark (213243)

  2. No, giving me the money would be a bigger
    waist. I think I could guarantee that.

    I’d buy a house and live off the rest,very
    comfortably. Ok, not such a waist.

    Jack (e383ed)

  3. What’s funny to me is that in all of the summaries or reivews of the Super Bowl commercials that I have read, you are the only one to have linked and or commented on this ad, and until you did, eventhough I had seen it, I had completely forgotten about it. Our tax money well spent. BTW, if I had a vote, Patterico, you would get the 2.5 million.

    BT (74cbec)

  4. Nice try, pal. Trying meet stimulus guidelines with only this isn’t enough.

    You need more empty phrasing: “If I got $2.5 million in stimulus, I would improve the paradigm through pro-active interfacing with actual and potential internal and external customers.”

    You can say you won’t do anything with it (that’s encouraged) but you can’t use so few words to say so.

    –JRM

    JRM (355c21)

  5. I saw that ad during the game and I didn’t even realize what it was about. I still don’t.

    Alta Bob (e8af2b)

  6. Pork for Patterico!! 😉

    RB (bed771)

  7. senseless census spending.

    Corwin (ea9428)

  8. I think hope that it’s subtle sarcasm. Like when Joseph had to put the pregnant Mary on a donkey, trudge through the desert, room at a stable, etc. as opposed the census workers coming to us in person, through the mail or over the phone.

    nk (db4a41)

  9. Hey, if I’m right that I got it, well … ain’t I worth $2.5 million? 😉

    nk (db4a41)

  10. Sounds like typical, clueless libturds to me.

    peedoffamerican (cadcec)

  11. The only question that is needed on the census form is; How many people including yourself live at your address.

    peedoffamerican (cadcec)

  12. I was hoping Erlich would say “peer review” at some point in the ad.

    mark (21722f)

  13. That’s a “high concept” ad. In other words, you have to be high to understand it.

    wadikitty (a14371)

  14. I am a liberal troll and I have to agree with you on this one. I just don’t get it.

    Liberal Troll (cadea1)

  15. You give me 2.5 million dollars and I’d spend 2.4 million on fast women and fast cars, pretty much like Ted Kennedy in his prime…
    The other $100,000 I’d probably waste.

    Frank

    [note: released from moderation. –Stashiu]

    Frank Drackman (c2d1a4)

  16. I’ve watched this twice now and I still don’t get it.

    I don’t either, but I do recognize Ed Begley, Rachael Harris, the guy with the chrome dome (he’s appeared in a slew of various commercials) and Bob Balaban (Dr Chandra from 2010)….

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (efef8c)

  17. I don’t know what it means either, but apparently Amanda Marcotte does. I’m not quite sure what she means but I did catch the snotty dig. Obviously I need to work on my hipness quotient. Apparently it’s lacking.

    # Census ad’s hipness is going to make the teabaggers sure that it’s all a hipster plot to round them up and make them give up their Snuggies. about 16 hours ago from TweetDeck

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  18. Amanda Marcotte is why men invented celibacy.

    nk (db4a41)

  19. I’ve seen the 2.5M price tag bandied about quite a bit. Does that include both airtime and production costs? Maybe Ed convinced all of his SoCal friends to donate their time.

    SaintGeorgeGentile (dc531b)

  20. Actually, it’s very instructive:

    $2.5 million of complete government waste in 30 seconds extrapolates to $2.5 trillion of complete government waste per year.

    About right, I reckon.

    iowahawk (e633c3)

  21. Great Taste, or Less Filling?

    YES!

    AD - RtR/OS! (cc3695)

  22. I don’t know what it means either, but apparently Amanda Marcotte does. I’m not quite sure what she means but I did catch the snotty dig. Obviously I need to work on my hipness quotient. Apparently it’s lacking.

    Comment by Dana — 2/8/2010 @ 10:03 am

    Ah yes, hipness, the sine qua non of goodness on the far-lefty scale of values.

    I’d give a lotta money to see conservatives show up at public forums, esp any media-heavy forums, with whatever brief message they like written on their left hands and all wave them back and forth at the cameras behind the reporters like lighters at a concert. Heh.

    no one you know (196ed7)

  23. #22 no one you know:

    whatever brief message they like written on their left hands and all wave them back and forth at the cameras

    I LIKE it!

    I think I’ll be jotting something on my left hand before I leave the house for anything, just in case. 😉

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  24. Okay, so they are meeting to coordinate a photo-shoot, to take the “snapshot of America” — also known as the catch-phrase attached to the 2010 Census. Not too hard to figure out; just incredibly awful in the conception and scriptwriting, and just plain not funny.

    Icy Texan (7c3e19)

  25. It’s $2.5 million too cute

    Amphipolis (17a9b7)

  26. Nowhere near as stupid as this Audi ad, though. http://www.saysuncle.com/2010/02/09/ad-fail-2/

    Sometimes I wonder if the qualification for Madison Avenue is an IQ below 85.

    nk (db4a41)

  27. #26 nk:

    Sometimes I wonder if the qualification for Madison Avenue is an IQ below 85.

    Naw, the qualification is a belief that your target audience has an IQ under 85.

    EW1(SG) (edc268)


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