Friday, September 5, 2008

Tory spending priorities totally spaced out

You may have heard of the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation. If you haven't, a look at their webpage should tell you all you need to know about them; basically they're a right wing lobby group whose mission is exposing what they see as "waste" of taxpayers' money. Not surprisingly, I disagree with a lot of what they consider to be wasteful spending and/or inappropriate taxation. But even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day, and I can't fault them for being critical of this:

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the Harper government's pre-election spending is out of this world.

The group says the Conservatives have doled out a whopping $8.8-billion since June — including a $2,000 grant to commemorate a UFO sighting.

Federation director John Williamson says there have been almost 300 pre-election commitments, adding up to about $94-million a day, or almost $4-million every hour.

Mr. Williamson says the spending binge is exactly the kind of pre-election splurge Prime Minister Stephen Harper criticized the Liberals for in the run-up to the 2006 federal election.

From the Globe and Mail, via this babble thread. I think the thread title says it all, really.

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