Prepare to Be Dazzled: The State-Sponsored Music Playlist

Eric Scheiner at has explored the joys of the "Government Sponsored Music Playlist" on the time-worn statist principle that "when government gets involved in music, it’s just got to be good."

For example, thanks in part to over a million dollars of Recovery Act money given to the cultural commissars at the Sesame Workshop, "kids get to sing and dance along with Elmo." The music video “Elmo’s Got The Moves” was produced as part of a stimulus funded move to promote physical activity.

Government involvement has thankfully brought an end to the long-standing dispute of  ‘East Coast’ versus ‘West Coast’ rap.  The “Take AIM at Climate Change” video assisted by National Science Foundation grants appears on a NASA website. The song launches both coasts to doom as rising oceans from climate change flood and destroy major coastal states to a darn catchy beat. Recommended.

If you want to hear something a little more familiar, the Veterans Affairs Department produced some stunning videos from their 2011 human resources conference that reportedly cost taxpayers roughly $5 million. Among the creative items generated with that money was a karaoke themed ‘Beat It’ video. Michael Jackson would be jealous of the incredible dance moves these government workers put on tape.

Just when you thought the singing of government employees could get no better, you are hit with the soulful sounds of the General Services Administration. GSA workers sing about ‘going green’ in this video from it’s award conference in 2010. The EPA continues to offer its awesome rap song ‘Click it - Flip it’ as a free download on its website. What better way to get that energy conservation message to the kids than through rap music.

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