Taxpayer-Funded EPA Propaganda Video Contest

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring a contest asking good little American citizens to use “creativity, artistic expression and innovation” to make a propaganda film explaining why big government statist regulations are a good thing.

Not one EPA bureaucrat could come up with a good explanation?

The EPA’s website states:

“Federal agencies develop and issue hundreds of rules and regulations every year to implement statutes written by Congress. Almost every aspect of an individual’s life is touched by federal regulations, but many do not understand how rules are made or how they can get involved in the process. This video contest is an opportunity for everyone to learn more and participate in an open government.”

(As my humble offering, I’d like to suggest a film clip or two from George Orwell’s 1984, perhaps the scenes depicting the “Two Minutes of Hate” to fully illustrate how citizens can get personally involved in Big Brother government regulation.)

The EPA is offering $2,500 in taxpayer-funded prize money for the winning effort.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) objects to using taxpayer dollars for the EPA contest prize and has written a letter to the president asking him to eliminate the prize money.  

"In an era of ever mounting debt, a $2,500.00 prize for a YouTube video is truly not the best use of taxpayer dollars,” Blackburn said. “I understand that in context of the trillions the federal government spends every year, $2,500.00 seems inconsequential. As of this writing, it is only 0.0000000194% of the total federal debt. Washington spends fifty times this amount every second. We must remember however, $2,500.00 is the total tax contribution for a working American making just under $30,000 a year. Do you believe that taxpayer wants the entirety of his or her tax contribution to be given away as prize money for a YouTube video?”

Blackburn is asking her constituents to visit her Facebook page to submit stories that will be included in a video production.  Blackburn is submitting her own video in the EPA contest.  Should she win the $2,500 in prize money, she has vowed to donate the check to debt reduction.

The deadline for video submission to the EPA is May 17, 2010.