From Alex Boutilier at Toronto Star:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top two political staffers say they’ll repay nearly $65,000 in moving expenses they concluded were “unreasonable.”
The Liberals have been on the defensive for days after it was revealed that two staffers in the Prime Minister’s Office charged $200,000 in moving expenses when they took jobs in Ottawa.
In a statement Thursday evening, Gerald Butts and Katie Telford confirmed the expenses were theirs. Butts and Telford said while they followed rules in place for decades, they were repaying $44,172.81 in “personal cash payouts and incidentals.” More.
Reality check: It’s sad watching a great country go downhill, as these cool parasites are not expected to just resign.
One problem is that, as a public becomes more and more dependent, it starts to live vicariously through politicians, who become celebs. Think Evita!
Crowds line the streets for 80-car cavalcades of flunkies. The one wish that dominates the crowd is that someday one could oneself be a flunky or be close to such a person. To spend lavishly and not give a rat’s toss. Sadly, in many failed states, that is the best future many can hope for. That, and lotteries.
It’s not too late to stop it here. We have opportunities, at least in principle.
See also: Hillary, lies, and the future of the West Lies that do not threaten entitlements from government do not matter to Hill’s voters.