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June 3rd, 2010:

Contest! Post the best example of pork barrel politics!

That’s right folks, give me your best examples of public money being used for no other reason but to garner votes and you will get not one, not two but THREE electronic high-fives on this blog!

Unwavering respect! Admiration of your peers! Having your name put on a political party’s “hit list” will be yours if you can top my example of pork barrel spending gone wild!

Seems that Minister of Industry and Bags of Money with Dollar Signs, Tony “how-ya-doin'” Clement thought it a good idea to give the fine folks of the burg of Orrville, Ontario a – you-guessed-it – BIG BAG OF MONEY to build a gazebo for the upcoming Gee-Ate Summit in nearby (well, not really that near… more like fifty kicks near) Huntsville.

Now, anyone with a glimmer of common sense will tell you that this is a damn fine idea! Why, what if President Obama decides to sneak away for a smoke? What better place than a bucolic place like Orrville? Though, that may not be he greatest idea as, if I recall correctly, the gazebo is pm the site of the old general store. And that store once had gas pumps… with leaky underground tanks….

You see, like the writer of the newspaper article, I’m from that area too, so know of what he speaks. Orrville is indeed a hole in the wall of a hole in the wall – except smaller. And folks, there is no conceivable way that a gazebo in Orrville can at all be connect to the Gee-Ate.

I have written before about the flagrant vote buying that the Cons are famous for, and someone always comments that the Grits did the same.

So here is my challenge for you to take up. Find me a better example of pork barrel politics – by any party in Canada. And I will publish it along with a retraction that a gazebo in Orrville may only be second-best!