Saturday, January 24, 2009

A "Fiscally Socialist Ideological Change Of Heart"

Ok, ok, wait a minute. WAIT A MINUTE! Now, let me get this straight. Stephen Harper, Canada's Conservative Prime Minister, the dude who used to head the crazy, neo-liberal, neo-conservative National Citizen's Coalition, is about to bring in the biggest federal budget deficit since, well, since Brian Mulroney.
Whoa. Isn't this the same guy who was saying during the election campaign that "we're not going into recession"? And didn't he also say his government would "not be running a deficit"
Of course, none of this indicates that Harper is dumb as a post or a liar. Nothing of the sort. It simply is a reflection of the fact that, according to Stephen, nobody knew Canada would be in a recession way back there in October. Nobody predicted it. Nobody. 
Oops, well, maybe a few people, according to this article from October 7: "Some of Canada's top economists predicted we're heading for a recession deeper and longer than anticipated, suggesting the economy may be hobbled till almost 2010."
Far be it from me to suggest that Steve was engaging in a little electioneering back in October and now, with the Liberals threatening to bring down the government, he's decided that he better look like he's doing something. However, that is the view of the right wing National Post, which wrote that "the budget and subsequent stimulus plans are a means of survival for the Conservative party, and not a fiscally socialist ideological change of heart from Stephen Harper." Whew, I was worried for a minute that the Conservatives had principles. Glad to hear that it's just about saving their fat paycheque.
Now, I leave you with a little medley of Stephen Harper's changing tune...

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