Friday, March 19, 2010

The enormous Bush-bashing banana that was never built

Tim Blair brought the banana to my attention.

Here is the link to the fate of the banana. 

From the comments:

[T]his is like the usual weaselly government trick of: "The peasants have denied our tax increase that was going to fund our stupidly generous pensions and such. Fine! No more garbage collection and fire houses for them!"In this case government subsidies for things that I like get cut for punishing me for voting against the things I thought ludicrous & stupid.
This reminds me of the annual budget crisis in the municipality where I worked.  Everyone who did not have a union contract got a cut.  Since the library was .05 percent of the municipal budget, this did not help anything but made the citizenry mad (What do you mean, the library is closed every Monday!  That's the only time I can use the library!) and worry the part-time staff, whose hours would be cut.  When their hours got under a certain number, they would lose their health benefits.

The town solved this problem by cutting health benefits for all but full-time staff.  No more health benefits, no problem.  They would have cut pension contributions as well, but there was a state law mandating pension contributions for all employees who earned above a minimum amount.

So everybody concerned was annoyed big-time, except the mayor and council who amazingly kept their generous health benefits through every crisis.  Funny how that works.

Anyway, I think the banana money would have been well-spent as I personally would love to see a 300 meter banana in the sky.  That would be worth a lot of money, especially if it were Canadian money and not mine.


Wyatt Earp said...

They could fly it over the Emire State Building in case King Kong makes a return appearance.

miriam said...

The banana would be just right for King Kong.