Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What a relief that the federal government is taking the economy seriously

Mr. Pinkerton works for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. Yes, the federal government. This year marks the 125th anniversary of Agriculture Canada, and so the research facility where my husband works was "requested" (ordered) by the Powers That Be at Ag.Can (in Ottawa) to make a point of marking the anniversary at their upcoming Field Day. The head of the local research station decided to brave the weeks of waiting and mounds of red tape, and put in a request for funding for a cake to celebrate with staff and the farmers who show up at this annual field day.

It was denied.

And a good thing too! Such a waste of taxpayer's dollars! Why, a slab cake like that (with icing, and maybe even fancy writing or a laser food coloring photo of the Ag Can logo) might cost up to $35 or $40! How can the federal government afford such a thing, when they have to pay the six-figure pensions of recently defeated MPs (like that raving Canadian patriot Gilles Duceppe), or fund rock bands who have pictures of feces (in the form of Jesus) on their CD cover, or arts funding to elderly women who dance in slow motion, or funding to member-free pro-choice and feminist groups, or funding to the vast bureaucracy of  human rights commissions out crusading to save us from discrimination that we can't see, hear or even detect with our psychic mind powers, or funding for.... well, you get the picture.

When it comes to Ag researchers and farmers, let them eat cake... as long as they pay for it themselves.

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