we took over the world
casual research indicates that a 30 second spot during this year's superbowl cost between $2.5 and $3 million dollars.  while the game tends to draw gigantic audiences, it is impossible to make a realistic argument that the u.s. census bureau's superbowl ad was the best use of our tax dollars.

it's widely accepted that repetition in advertising is a fundamental requirement for making an effective impression, so is the following jumbled, unclear commercial with a complete lack of direction the way to spend tax dollars when federal spending is so far in the hole?
the earthquake in Haiti certainly is a tragedy.  unfortunately, the tragedy isn't unique to the death toll.  that said, isn't the real tragedy the fact more and more, we wait until a gargantuan death toll is racked up before taking action?

it's not as if we're blind to the plight of third-world countries, we just choose to ignore it until we have no choice.
we've all been there before:  an argument with a spouse, friend, family member or other is based on something of reasonable substance, but significantly escalated by something unrelated or insignificant to the matter at hand.

it happens in u.s. politics when we should be debating wars in middle eastern states and we'd rather talk about homosexuality.

it gets really interesting when one arguing party is the u.s., the "friend" is china, the argument topic of substance is cyberterrorism and the point of escalation is the most peaceful man on earth.
in a recent article for Page 2 on ESPN.com, Gregg Easterbrook talks about the fiscal resolve of our federal government.  long story short, the senate and other state of the union address attendees applaud the president when he talks about a return to fiscal responsibility and on the next day, a 2 trillion dollar increase in the federal deficit was voted in by the senate.

are these really the type of people we are expected to trust with our future?
so TARP isn't working.  any surprise you have in this criticism should be tempered by the knowledge that the basic premise of the plan for avoiding global economic demise was to give all OUR money to the people who had pissed away OUR money, bringing us to the precipice of economic demise.

essentially, the wealthy class was secured by a gigantic loan from the struggling, disappearing, suffering middle class.  this presents a major ethical dilemma for us, as citizens.