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Op-Ed: U.S. government making money through ads, a silly idea?

By Jimmy Reilly     Jul 29, 2011 in Politics
Washington - There have to be ways that the U.S. government can get with the times and utilize media to boost the coffers a little. Why not consider the potential revenue from advertising?
I was wondering what the Government could do to increase revenues without grabbing John Q. Public by the throat and trying to squeeze yet more non-existent tax dollars out of his Adam's Apple. Officials have seemingly embraced the Internet in a lot of ways, and now we have our President personally sending out Tweets of his own.
I do believe, however that Washington is overlooking one potential money-making idea. It might sound silly, but bear with me a minute, OK?
One word: Advertising. That's right, the good old advertising campaign. Only this one is designed to bring some money into the Government coffers instead of hemorrhaging it. We could see allocate so much ad space on Government websites, that things could start leveling out in a big hurry.
Now I know a lot of people would consider this idea utterly ridiculous. Some of the same people probably thought online shopping was a far-fetched idea at one time as well. But if you sit back and consider Government news from the past year, Schwarzenegger's Love-Child, Weiner's "weiner-shots", are we a people who can even understand ridiculous anymore?
I am quite certain that, given the right spin, Government ad-space for sale could fly right under the radar and into common practice in a very short time. (Although "short time" in Congress-speak could mean this idea being presented to our great-grandchildren) These days, about the only websites out there that aren't 90% advertisements belong to the Government. People would barely notice, I'm certain of it.
In fact, the only obstacle I could foresee is who would pony up the dough to plaster their ads on these sites. Would big business consider it? And as far as "conflict of interest" issues, is there a single one among us who still believes that there is a clean Government in place? Think "Special Interests".
But I digress.
I think it could be a real money--making idea. Food For thought?
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