Open thread: Readers’ soapbox
Today’s open thread is brought to you by Punch reader, “Iansand”:
“Why is it that, whenever a proposal for funding a program is made, someone with a special interest claims that the money would be better spent somewhere else? A proposal is made for something that will improve life in the cities and some person from the bush claims that the money should be spent out there. A charity raises money for the treatment of a particular affliction and boosters for some other disease claim that the first charity is diverting resources from their pet scourge. If a sport is to get some funding the arty-farties claim that the money should be spent on promoting art that is incomprehensible and uninteresting to the vast majority of the populace. It happens with child welfare – won’t somebody think of the other children. It happens with health. It happens with defence. The education lobbyists do little else than complain that a different group has more funding. It goes on and on and on. They all know that their obsession is the obsession everyone else should share.
I have a plan. We should identify these people. They should be given a simple task, which will involve them being kept out of everyone else’s hair. They will be locked in a room and required to come up with a comprehensive, definitive and final list of the priority of each of their pet projects for the allocation of funds.
I see at least two advantages for the rest of us with this scheme. The first is obvious. The task will take so long and be so time consuming that the boosters will be kept out of circulation for the foreseeable future. The second is the revenue we could generate. Imagine a reality TV show of the process? Big Brother meets Survivor, but with more acrimony, more abuse and more violence. Cage fights between the pink ribbon people and the prostate cancer lobbyists. Special interest groups being voted off the process and thrown out of the room. Throw in vodka and weapons at frequent intervals and the resulting carnage will be riveting TV. “
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