Because suicide is funny, right Drudge?March 31, 2009 8:54 AM EDT ››› ERIC BOEHLERT
The Drudge Report is mocking the Obama administration with this banner headline:
NANNY STATE: GOVERNMENT WEBSITE TO WARN OF SADNESS/CRYING OVER ECONOMY
The Drudge item details how, reportedly, the White House will roll out an online initiative to help people spot the early signs that "warn of depression, suicidal thinking and other serious mental illnesses. It will raise warning flags for: Persistent sadness/crying; Excessive anxiety; Lack of sleep/constant fatigue; Excessive irritability/anger."
According to Drudge this is supposed to be a hoot and we're sure conservatives will join in the hilarity and make fun of government for trying to help hard working Americans deal with the difficult strains that have accompanied our drastic economic downturn.
Because, y'know, suicide today is such a funny topic. And the idea that today's economy might be leading people to do deranged and violent things, well that's just a liberal, big government myth, right?
UPDATE: No More Mister Nice Blog wonders where Drudge was during the Bush years when the federal government offered up similar type of "Nanny State" initiatives.