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It really is endless, isn’t it? The only thing transparent about governments these days is their willingness to throw principles out the window in return for power: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/10/obama-donors-top-embassy-jobs-rewards

Is this the change Obama’s supporters voted for?

Closer to home: Who cares what the people want, right? http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2013/07/11/nb-alcohol-sales-convenience-stores-638.html

Sure, taxpayers and voters of New Brunswick want to buy booze at the corner store, but the corporation they pay for doesn’t want to lose its monopoly, so go suck eggs, citizens!

Now here’s a fine piece of propaganda: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorial_cartoon/2013/07/11/editorial_cartoon_july_11_2013.html

Looks like this cartoonist’s view of the horrific train wreck in Quebec bears similarities to Thomas Mulcair’s. Andrew Coyne had a few choice things to say about Mulcair’s opportunism: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/07/10/andrew-coyne-beware-those-using-lac-megantic-disaster-to-further-their-own-agendas/

I find it particularly galling/amusing that the NDP, according to Coyne, calls $3-million in cuts to public safety “reckless.”

This is the kind of absurdity I grow so sick of hearing from the civil service and its boosters: the idea that every civil servant is working at absolute capacity and every budget is threadbare. “We can’t shrink budgets by any amount, or children will be ignorant, the sick will all die, and trains will derail!” trumpet these shrill voices.

Three mil for an entire country is peanuts. Railroads don’t suddenly become dangerous because a relatively miniscule amount of money is taken from a budget.

I’m sick of the high dudgeon we hear from big government proponents whenever taxpayers try to claw back even the smallest morsel of their own money. There are lots of terrific civil servants, of course, and great government programs. I just happen to think they’re not ALL indispensable, which seems to be the rhetoric of too many unions and their supporters.

Here’s a crazy concept, civil service: Taxpayers aren’t evil or stupid because they don’t want to buy quite as much of your product anymore; they still want much of what you’re selling, but maybe they want a different service provider for some things, or maybe they just want to hold onto some of their cash for something else – even a rainy day, perhaps.

Attempting to modestly shrink our gigantic government budgets isn’t austerity, it’s not "American", it's not mean-spirited. It’s a tiny, timid footfall in the direction of sanity.

 

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