Pigs at the Trough
Well good news and bad news this week for fans of massive government spending.
The good news is the money is on its way. The Prime Minister has announced that billions of dollars in emergency stimulus money is ready to flow out the door.
Now the bad news is he’s in such a rush he admits there’s no time for any rules or regulations. And I understand. The prime minister is a very busy man. Just look at his website: if he’s not appearing at a hockey rink, or a chili cook off, he’s posing with a giant stuffed animal. There’s just not enough hours in the day.
So just to be on the safe side, this past week Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said that when it comes to spending these billions of dollars mistakes will be made, money will be lost, boondoggles will occur. Well that really instills confidence doesn’t it?
Basically this government is saying in advance we’re gonna screw this up and when we do, you better not come crying to us. Because you’ve been warned.
You know I like the old days of the Liberal sponsorship scandals when a government at least pretended to know what they were doing, then they lost our money, then they apologized but only after it was proven that they were idiots. Whereas this government is essentially hedging their bets by apologizing in advance.
The fact that they’re doing it before they’ve spent a single dime, the message is loud and clear: when it comes to trusting our government with our finances, they’re not just lowering the bar. They’re taking the bar, digging a ditch and burying it in an unmarked grave. Right next to one marked accountability.
Note: The man who prorogued Parliament and went on vacation as thousands were losing their jobs and businesses, and has been dragging his butt ever since, now all of a sudden feels a sense of urgency to do something about the economic crisis we have been in for some months now. Conservative ideologues, the great defenders of the public purse, want a free hand to do what they want, with no accountability. No wonder they fought so hard to stay in power when most parties want little to nothing to do in governing in the midst of an economic collapse. They see this crisis as their turn to be ‘pigs at the trough’.
It is a good time to be a ‘rich’ friend of the government, because that is exactly where most of the money will be going. As usual, under conservatives, the ones who really need it will be lucky if anything at all ‘trickles’ down to them.
Resentment and hostility boil in the underclass.