Vanity Projects 

A project that is not justified by cost and effort and whose purpose is to make the instigator look good. The most famous was the USA race with the Soviet Union to put a man on the Moon the cost of which could not be justified but was intended to demonstrate capitalism was better than communism  and the USA was the greatest. 

Putting a man on the moon was an extortionately expensive project paid for by the US tax payer or more accurately at the cost of failing to improve the lives of millions of poor predominantly black Americans. 


A rat done bit my sister Nell. 
(with Whitey on the moon) 
Her face and arms began to swell. 
(and Whitey's on the moon) 

I can't pay no doctor bill. 
(but Whitey's on the moon) 
Ten years from now I'll be payin' still. 
(while Whitey's on the moon) 

The man jus' upped my rent las' night. 
('cause Whitey's on the moon) 
No hot water, no toilets, no lights. 
(but Whitey's on the moon) 

I wonder why he's uppi' me? 
('cause Whitey's on the moon?) 
I was already payin' 'im fifty a week. 
(with Whitey on the moon) 
Taxes takin' my whole damn check, 
Junkies makin' me a nervous wreck, 
The price of food is goin' up, 
An' as if all that shit wasn't enough

A rat done bit my sister Nell. 
(with Whitey on the moon) 
Her face an' arm began to swell. 
(but Whitey's on the moon) 

Was all that money I made las' year 
(for Whitey on the moon?) 
How come there ain't no money here? 
(Hm! Whitey's on the moon) 
Y'know I jus' 'bout had my fill 
(of Whitey on the moon) 
I think I'll sen' these doctor bills, 
Airmail special 
(to Whitey on the moon)


Gil Scott-Heron 

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