February 12, 2007 10:25AM

Great Moments in Government

While making my daily visit to Marginal Revolution, I saw this gem about the Census Bureau’s celebration of Return‐​Shopping‐​Carts‐​to‐​the‐​Supermarket month. After 20‐​plus years observing money get wasted by Washington, I thought I had reached the point where nothing would surprise me. But this caused even my jaw to drop. It’s bad enough that some politician or bureaucrat concocted the goofy idea. It adds injury to insult when they then squander tax dollars to promote it:

We’ve all seen them and wondered how they got there — a supermarket shopping cart, sitting forlornly along a residential street, far from the nearest grocery store. Was it a prank, or someone who walked to the store and bought more than they could carry? Either way, this is Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month — including milk crates and bread trays.