iPods as a federal stimulus objective?

So, the federal stimulus dollars that are supposed to be going toward, you know, creating or saving jobs should be going toward actually making jobs, wouldn’t you think? And not, for example, buying iPods to give away to people for fulling out an on-line survey:

The school district is using the device to reward parents of children with disabilities who fill out a 10-minute online survey. The district wants to know how well it’s connecting with the parents and how to get parents involved in their children’s education.

The district is spending about $350,000 in federal stimulus money for the iPods.

Considering that school districts are already public entities that don’t actually generate revenue, why are school districts getting stimulus funds to begin with? Shouldn’t that be going toward things that actually stimulate job creation?

In any case, the only company being stimulated by the purchase of $35K in iPods is Apple and, frankly, they don’t need the help. The school district should be required to return that money.

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