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Stimulus money used to attack soda?

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At this point, would it really surprise you to know that money allocated to "create jobs" was used to in other Obama administration pet projects?

Take for example the latest revelations from the Heritage Foundation that so-called economic "stimulus" dollars were used to wage a war against soda and other foods topping the First Lady's hit list:

As part of President Obama’s economic stimulus, the federal government has doled out $230 million for communities to combat obesity rather than create jobs or boost the economy. In many cases, the funds are being used to attack American-made products like Coke and Pepsi.

Advertisements undermining soft drinks can be found in cities from coast to coast. New York’s “Pouring on the Pounds” campaign used grotesque pictures and misleading information that even the city’s chief nutritionist called into question. The city received $15.5 million in federal funding for its anti-obesity efforts.

In Philadelphia, the city spent $2.4 million on ads attacking soda. That was enough money to add 52 police officers, 54 firemen, 57 paramedics, 58 teachers or 88 EMTs.

Similar anti-obesity campaigns have popped up in Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and even Topeka, KS. In the case of Pima County, home to Tucson, AZ, media partners include taxpayer-supported PBS, the Arizona Public Media and NPR. In Hawaii, the theme is “Don’t Drink Yourself Fat.”

Since you helped pay for these anti-soda campaigns, it's only right that you get to see the fruits of your labor.  Here's an ad composed for New York's anti-obesity campaign, paid for in part with $15.5 million in federal tax dollars:

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