The letter of the week (from the Regina Leader Post). I'm borrowing liberally because I was so amused. That's a good enough reason, right?
The Lorne Calvert NDP government keeps coming up with new ways to waste our tax dollars.
Recently, I received in the mail an envelope addressed to my wife and I from Saskatchewan Centennial 2005. Inside were two lapel pins with the word "Senior" and "Saskatchewan 1905-2005". The note attached to each pin stated that 150,000 people in the province 65 years of age and over were presented with the pin as a memento of Saskatchewan's centennial year. A message from Premier Lorne Calvert advised that on behalf of the government he was presenting the pin in honour of our contributions to Saskatchewan during its first century.
What makes the NDP government think that anyone would want to wear a pin advertising the fact that they're over 65 years of age? People just have to look at me and they can tell that I'm getting old -- I see no need to confirm that fact by wearing a pin saying that I'm a senior.
If Calvert really wants to do something for older people, I would suggest that he increase the personal income-tax exemption for seniors.
It's my guess that the person who came up with the lame-brained idea to send out 150,000 pins also suggested spending $300,000 on ads telling Saskatchewan residents that the NDP is unhappy with the federal/provincial equalization formula. What, no one thought about having the premier phone the prime minister and saving the taxpayers $300,000 on ads?
We have the federal scandal-plagued Liberals spending billions of our tax dollars trying to buy votes with our own money so they can keep their corrupt government in power, while here in Saskatchewan the NDP misspends millions on unnecessary ads, lapel pins, etc., while our health care is in disarray, highways are crumbling and people are leaving the province. Is it any wonder that people are cynical with regards to politics?