The Treasury Departments put out a RFI (Request for information) – the first step in hiring a cartoonist to “conduct two, three-hour presentations for its employees on the benefits of humor in the workplace and the connection between humor and stress relief.” But the plan came to a screeching halt after the job posting hit Drudge Report and several other websites, blogs, news shows and TV talking-heads. The buzz about the potential job posting reached the Senate office of Byron Dorgan (D-ND) who is the chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Dorgan promptly had the job inquiry killed.
In a statement released Friday, the senator said, “Of all the agencies, the Bureau of Public Debt should know that there is very little that is funny about today’s economic conditions. I understand the need for motivation in the workplace, but I think we have a greater motivation to save the taxpayers some money.”