One fewer cartoonist is (potentially) gainfully employed today, after the Senate questioned a Treasury plan to hire a cartoonist. The Treasury’s Bureau of Public Debt hoped that witty cartoons and seminars on humor would cheer up their workers, who are toiling to oversee the nations $1.2 trillion debt.
“Our training staff felt that at a time when employees are working extra hours, it might have been helpful,” said Kim Treat, a spokesman for the bureau.
But the effort was canceled because it had become “more of a distraction than an opportunity,” he said.
The plan was scuttled when the office of Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. questioned the move, Dorgan wrote, in part, “Of all the agencies, the Bureau of Public Debt should know that there is very little that is funny about today’s economic conditions.”
Truly debt is no laughing matter and we must turn back to the private sector to find jobs for the nation’s ink slingers.
(Caricature of Dornan by Kerry Waghorn.)
NOTE: Eagle-eyed Steven Stahl points out the nation’s debt is actually $11.66 trillion. The $1.2 trillion figure is from the AP.