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Considering the government we have, maybe “Come see the stupid” should be our new state motto. It might at least attract the curious who like to idiot-watch on vacation.

Here’s another waste of money from Michigan’s government that is so dumb and irresponsible that it’s hard to know where to begin:

Michigan’s forthcoming Web-based platform that will help students and their families make college and career connections might initially sound like another Facebook knockoff.

But the state, which purchased the portal for $1.15 million, insists that the Michigan College Access Portal (MiCAP) is not a clone of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or any other popular social media sites. In fact, ConnectEDU, the Boston-based company building the portal, refuses to even call it a social network.

“It’s a purpose network,” said ConnectEDU President and CEO Craig Powell. “We leverage concepts of social networking, but for a defined purpose of education and career transitioning. This could not be replicated in a Facebook environment. It’s tough to explain without seeing it.”

A “purpose network” is a social network being sold to gullible government buffoons who are shopping with somebody else’s money.

And in a state that’s ravaged by unemployment, Michigan government couldn’t even find an in-state firm to design the portal? We’re pushing a 15% unemployment rate and the state is outsourcing jobs?

The irony being that Governor Granholm has offered millions in tax breaks to bring Massachusetts firms to Michigan, and now Michigan is outsourcing work back to Massachusetts. Go figure.

I imagine that the Michigan government had no choice but to outsource this project, because if they told Michigan taxpayers about this idea at taxpayers’ expense, we’d have said, “Why don’t you just use Facebook, you morons?”

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