A recent news story surfaced and then disappeared: Over the past two years, the Ontario government has handed out over $32 million dollars to various groups for capital projects. Apparently, there was almost no audit trail of who asked for what, why they were asking, and then what they were actually given. In a classic example, the auditor uncovered a request for $150,000 from the Ontario Cricket Association; the government gave them $1 million.
Governments at all levels continue to explain with growing exasperation to the stupid public that you can’t expect the same level of service without paying more every year. After all, costs are rising. What proves that they can’t manage a damn thing is that they are making this case to plead a tax rate increase — not just a total revenue increase. It is laughable to see governments perpetually wringing their hands about the lack of funds, yet to so frequently hear about financial mismanagement and lack of fiscal responsibility like this.
The overall tax burden is at well over fifty percent and climbing. Perhaps we could give all our money to the government; we might be okay for a while, but based on their record, they would still run out eventually.