Wednesday, 24 March 2010

An Education for Jack Layton

Layton said voters already have the ultimate in accountability measures — the ballot box. "Hang on, I think the voters do the value-for-money audit on members of Parliament," he said. "I don’t think that is something for the auditor general."

If we don't know how much you spend, we can't do a value-for-money audit at election time. I know you're not a self-proclaimed economist, so maybe your mistake is understandable. So let me explain it to you. The value for money equation dictates that we know the money part.

Example:
Evaluate the worth of the following:

A) $100 per month for cable TV access with all the packages.
B) unknown $ per month for cable TV access with all the packages.

I think its obvious that A) is a lot easier to evaluate. B) requires a little too much psychic woo to accomplish....

Secondly, why does every fucking thing have to be an election issue? If anything you do can be cause for termination (i.e., not re-elected) then we the people should be able to review your performance a little more often then every 4-5 years.

You know what's a lot easier? Letting an officer of parliament conduct the review for us, like say, oh I don't know, the Auditor General.

Integrity, Honesty and Accountability. Its why any business worth its salt conducts a regular AUDIT of all its books including all expenses.

Here endeth the lesson.

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