"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Michael Temelini (I)

“On the other hand, if Rideout did try to squeeze out more money, outside of the normal transparent process, maybe this is a victory for those who are opposed to pork-barrel politics.”

So says Our Dear Political Scientician, Michael Temelini, on the CBC.

Question: who, pray tell, are “those who are opposed to pork-barrel politics”?

A hint as to a possible answer: “Those” aren’t WilliamsGovernment.

This cleverly colour-coded graph shows this year’s Provincial Road Improvement Program funding announcements. Red columns are the sacrificial districts. Light blue are Conservative backbenchers; dark blue, cabinet ministers — at least at the time of the announcement.

Note: The figure for Baie Verte-Springdale is the as-announced $3.5-million that precipitated Tom Rideout’s departure. The figures for Gander and Bonavista North are arbitrarily set as $2-million, since The Most Open And Accountable Government In The Universe combined the two into one $4-million announcement rather than breaking the two figures out.

Cf. individual longitudinal graphs for Humber Valley, Isles of Notre Dame, Bay of Islands, Carbonear-Harbour Grace and Grand Bank, Burgeo-La Poile and Ferryland, Fortune Bay, and Labrador West.

And, especially, cf. similarly colour-coded graphs for previous years. A careful comparison of this year’s graph and previous years’ yields a most interesting phenomenon. There are two well-defined “plateaus” at that $2-million and $2.5-million announced-per-district levels.

What’s up with that?

That’s a question some enterprising political scienticians ought to look into.

It would certainly be a more fruitful exercise, in light of recent practice, than searching for “those who are opposed to pork-barrel politics”, whoever they are.

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At 12:47 AM, July 03, 2008 , Blogger Edward Hollett said...

Man you were so close but now I get it. This wasn't a remark from a political scientist.

It was from a political scientologist!

I wonder did he hop on the couch?


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