There's a worn-out joke about a conversation between a man and woman at a bar:
"Would you sleep with me for a million dollars?"
"Would you sleep with me for ten dollars?"
"What kind of woman do you think I am?!"
"We've established that. Now we're negotiating."
On Parliament Hill, $30,000 dollars, subsidized by taxpayers, was OK with the Conservative Party of Canada to pay back the senate for Mike Duffy's trough-slurping. But $90,000 was too much.
At Queen's Park, $20,000,000 to cancel the unpopular electricity plants and buy five seats for the Liberals in the Toronto area appears to be just fine with voters, if the polls are to be believed, but $585,000,000 might be too much.
And closer to home, well, you've no doubt heard what's alleged, and who might be benefiting from deals made with your money. The OPP investigation into possible corruption is under way.
It's enough to make you wonder whether the world's oldest profession isn't what you think it is.