Pain et Cirques

Overheard at Marginal Revolution:

“. . . Uncle Sam is on the verge of paying the City of Los Angeles $30 million to subsidize a ten-year run of Cirque du Soleil.” Unknown, actually

So it’s finally come to pass – America has embarked on the same road down which ancient Rome marched to its ruin: Uncle Sam not only subsidizes bread (by subsidizing wheat production) but now also circuses.

The loan would come from the federal Housing and Urban Development Department under a program that requires that at least one job be created or retained for every thirty five thousand dollars ($35,000) spent. So for thirty million dollars ($30 million), Los Angeles can get what the Republic needs most in our depressing economic situation: 857 Québécois clowns.


Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork