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Public official blows town's reserve fund on strip club.

Pop quiz - Subject: Local politics

Instructions: Read the question carefully and then select the best answer from the choices provided.

Question: Your town has a million dollars in its reserve fund. The plan is to spend it on paying off a bond that financed the town's water treatment plant. Suddenly, the plan changes. The mayor has learned that a strip club in the area has come up for sale and he wants to buy it and shut it down. He arranges the financing through an anonymous third party because he knows that the club owners would never agree to sell to the town. According to the local newspaper the city manager describes it like this:

“We knew they would never sell it to us, but a third party, who does not want to be identified, offered to buy it for us. Just before noon (Tuesday) we closed on the property, and the keys were turned over to us. They (former Cafe Risque owners) won’t find out until (today) who really bought it.”

The mayor announces this radical change in spending priorities at a standing-room-only meeting at City Hall. Which of the following do you think happened at the meeting:

a) The townspeople started heated arguments amongst themselves about the use of the money.
b) Taxpayer outrage over the diversion of funds ensued and the mayor was ultimately sanctioned.
c) The mayor received a standing ovation and then led the righteous crowd in a convoy a mile and a half to the club's parking lot, right off the freeway, where they built a bonfire and burned the signs that once advertised the Cafe Risque.


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