Popularity Contest? State Department Spends $600,000+ on Facebook Likes

Let’s face it.  Government agencies in the United States are going through a rough patch.  Look at the Internal Revenue Service and the scandal that would still be front page news if only there hadn’t been an even bigger NSA scandal to wipe it to page 5B.  Remember Benghazi?  There are more scandals riddling our government right now than the mainstream government-controlled media can work to throw dirt over.  So, it’s easy to see that maybe some state agencies might be having a little trouble in the public opinion department.

If the government was a corporation, the stockholders would have long ago fired the Board of Directors and replaced it with new ones.
If the government was a corporation, the stockholders would have long ago fired the Board of Directors and replaced it with new ones.

Enter the United States State Department.  Apparently, their Facebook page just wasn’t getting as many “Likes” lately as they desired.  So, they did what anyone would do in that situation:  if you can’t get anyone to like you genuinely, pay someone too.  Now, word has gotten out that the State Department spent over $600,000 to get Facebook likes.

What does this kind of money buy you?  Well, the State Department’s page only had around 100,000 likes two years ago.  It’s now over 2 million.  Money well spent, eh?

The question, of course, is why in the hell anyone would spend $600,000 of tax payer dollars to get meaningless fake Facebook likes?

There’s only one answer.  To make it appear to the outsider that Americans steadfastly support their government.  The same reason new business upstarts purchase likes; to make it appear to potential new customers and existing ones alike that the company is well-respected in the marketplace.

So, to sum it all up with a nice bow on top, the United States State Department uses taxpayer money obtained from you and I, American citizens, to then buy meaningless Facebook Likes that are dummy accounts to attempt to fool you and I, American citizens, into believing that there is a legion of loyal people that are completely “down” with what the State Department is and has been doing.

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