So, how does the Obama Administration spend your money? By buying a Google ad directing those searching for "Obamacare" to the government's cheerleader website, www.healthcare.gov, reports Politico's Ben Smith:
"We are using a bunch of search term[s] to help point people to HealthCare.gov. Part of our online efforts to help get accurate information to people about the new law (i.e. also use Facebook, Twitter, blogs and webcasts)," an HHS official confirmed by e-mail.Once word got out -- early this week -- they backed off:
Interestingly, the Obama administration now appears to have pulled its ad on Google -- or perhaps Google made the decision to quit running it. But the administration's paid entry still comes up first if you search for "Obamacare" through Bing, and it also comes up first (after "Stories") if you search through Yahoo! (On Yahoo!, "Obamacare and elderly," "Obamacare and abortion," and the like, also show up as paid entries.) In fact, when the playing field is evened -- that is, when the administration isn't using taxpayers' money to channel people to its site -- then www.healthcare.gov doesn't even crack the first 50 pages of Google's listings for "Obamacare."More than merely a waste of money, this is another Administration attempt to take tax dollars for progressive propaganda, as it did with the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Are Federal subsidies the last refuge for lefties trying to compete with FOX News?