On Monday, at exactly 10:43 a.m., the government approved the purchase of a $47,174 mechanical bull for the Utah National Guard. At the same time, 7,000 employees of the Veterans Benefits Administration were being furloughed thanks to the government shutdown.

The National Guard put in the request for a “Mechanical Bull Sales bull which needs to be durable & low maintenance” on Sept. 14. And, unlike the 7,000 preschool children enrolled in Head Start whose low maintenance eating and learning needs are not currently being met, the government came through with a bull.

Lt. Col. Hank McIntire of the Utah National Guard told CNSNews that the mechanical bull is used by recruiters at “fairs and other events” to “draw attention” to the message of recruiters. So when the last bull “broke down and was beyond repair,” they put in an order for a new one. And they got it. Because nothing says "here's the message of the National Guard" quite like a fake bull usually ridden by drunk moms celebrating their naughtiness on "Ladies Ride Free" night at the Crazy Horse Saloon.

[Image via Mechanical Bull Sales]