Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty seems so pleased to announce his government has amassed another monster budgetary surplus.
He's like a CEO bragging about corporate profits.
But, of course, government surpluses are not like profits.
A surplus means the government is taking in so much of our money that even our bureaucrats and politicians, despite their best efforts, can't spend it all.
Now a truly conservative government would take all that extra money and give it back to the taxpayers in the form of tax cuts.
Yet that probably won't happen.
More likely Prime Minister Harper will take most of that surplus loot and use it to buy votes in places like Quebec.
Which just goes to show the Harper government actually does have a deficit when it comes to principle.