Tax dollars may give superhero capes to jobless

Paid your taxes? You’ll be glad to know part of your hard-earned cash is slated to be spent handing out superhero capes to the unemployed

Your tax dollars hard at work.

Your tax dollars hard at work.

The $73,000 program in Florida, dubbed the “Cape-A-Bility Challenge,” also features a cartoon character named “Dr. Evil Unemployment,” according to the Orlando Sentinel article.

Someone sane is trying to pull the plug on the whimsical plan.

“I have serious concerns with the content and approach” of the project, Cynthia Lorenzo, the executive director of Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation, wrote to Workforce Central Florida Executive Director Gary J. Earl. “With more than one million Floridians currently out of work, spending any amount of money on collateral materials such as the red capes included in your campaign appears to be insensitive and wasteful.”

The “Cape-A-Bility Challenge” is part of an “Everyday Superheroes” theme the agency has adopted, according to the Sentinel. Workforce Central Florida’s website features videos of employers, job seekers in capes similar to those the agency plans to distribute to the unemployed.

Earl, one of the Einsteins running a federally funded labor development agency that last year received almost $24 million in public money, said “not everyone will agree on creative strategy.”

Just guessing, but I think those who would agree the least are the jobless folks Earl wants to parade around town in one of his colorful capes.

15 comments Add your comment

Old Geezer

April 19th, 2011
7:47 pm

This is like a “scarlett letter” for the unemployed. smart move jack-a$$es.

Old Geezer

April 19th, 2011
7:50 pm

Maybe they could spend some money on rubber boots for the rest of us to symbolize the crap we have to wade through that keeps spewing from their use of our tax money?


April 19th, 2011
9:40 pm

Instead of the cape maybe a beanie in the shape of a (gold)brick.


April 19th, 2011
10:19 pm

Haha, this is what happens when marketing lets an “ad agency” put a tired “creative” idea before strategy, with no real insight or consideration of their audience. Way to think it through guys. I guess it’s hard to imagine being unemployed when your fat ad agency executive salaries allow you to sit back and stroke each other’s ego, s*** on those around you, and come up with ideas like this. Look, its a bird, it’s a plane…it’s karma.


April 20th, 2011
9:12 am

Must be a democrat. They can just raise taxes to pay for it.


April 20th, 2011
10:32 am

$73,000 is just the start. What about the salaries of the bozo or bozos that wasted time on this travesty?


April 20th, 2011
3:38 pm

$73,000 could have provided some meals to hungry families. WHO came up with this. Too bad that the state cannot demand its money back. It has to have gone to some politicans family member and their “agency”.

El Gato

April 20th, 2011
5:58 pm

Hey, look on the positive side. Some cape makers were employed for a while. Hmm. I wonder if they are any relation to the idiot who thought this up?…..

mud puppy

April 20th, 2011
6:16 pm

This is how the spoiled “haves” see the less educated unemployed as. People that should be ridiculed due to their unemployment.

Elder Flower Child

April 20th, 2011
7:43 pm

How do these stupid ideas get put into action? I just don’t understand why someone with some sense doesn’t stop it before it happens. What a waste of our dollars.

more waste

April 20th, 2011
8:16 pm

73,000 in federal taxpayer dollars totally wasted on some stupid capes and cardboard cutouts? For that cash, they could have had training programs in microsoft office, statistical programs, accounting, paralegal, etc. to help people get skills. Taxpayer money—99% is wasted or stolen.


April 21st, 2011
4:59 am

It will all be okay, In The End. Somebody’s Rear End. HeeHee!

H L Wood

April 21st, 2011
8:18 am

It is typical government use of seized money, our taxes. Pay taxes or consequences. Then look at what they do with it. Send it to our enemies over seas. Pay for foolish programs. Pay for DA’s prosecuting of unjust zero tolerance issues. Pay school superintendents $250,000. There is no end to the waste. If it has been budgeted for a department then spend it, even if not needed, or lose it. Pay for the police to hang out in massage parlors and get massages in effort to entrap some girl into a prostitution charge. We have become a nation of fools.

Checking in

April 22nd, 2011
11:15 am

This stupid idea cannot be put on the backs of a political party. This is just part of wasteful spending and insensitivity. Imagine you are out of work and some idiot gives you a cape when you are worried about paying for food, lodging, feeding your children, etc… If this was the work of an ad agency, don’t worry because with ideas like this they won’t be in business for long. What government agency approved this? The staff should be fired, which would cut down on government. Hire one person with common sense and perhaps a few of the unemployed people that the fired idiots were going to give a cape to and that kills two birds with one stone.

Former Workforce Central FL Employee

April 25th, 2011
7:11 pm

Thank goodness I am no longer employed (laid off!!!) by Workforce Central Florida. All this is embarassing! As a taxpayer I am really ticked off about this abuse of our federal dollars. Workforce Central Florida is federally funded and does not receive money from the State of Florida.