The news has been full of stories lately about politicians from Torbay to New Brunswick to Ottawa padding their own pockets while pleading that the budgets they control are in poor shape. Don’t they understand the hypocrisy? Do they think that voters’ memories are so short that we won’t remember this the time for another election comes along or do they depend on the voters’ apathy? In Ottawa, almost a year ago, the Auditor General Sheila Fraser formally asked two committees for permission to audit Parliament's expenses, including the expenses of MPs and senators. She still hasn't received a reply. Silence equals no. Basically, they don’t want the Auditor General and through her, us, to know what’s going on with the books. I know there are honourable politicians out there and over the years, I’ve had the privilege of knowing some, but they must understand that this sort of behavior paints them all with the same brush. Would that we all could vote ourselves an increase in pay!