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28 May 2009

Okay, Lemme Put to You a Hypothetical Situation:

You're the elected leader of a large western democratic monarchy. Going into an election last year you said there was no economic crisis. Then you said there was, but it wasn't necessary to do anything about it. Then, having yielded ideology to reality at the insistence of the opposition you said you would have to do something about it for the good of the workin' folk. Then you bailed out international megacorps. Then you said "By the way, there's gonna be a defecit. About $30 bn worth".

So here's where we stand: Having gone from record surplus projections to (optimistic but still abysmal, and vice versa) defecit projections in four statements, this week you say "Actually, er ... It's going to be a wee bit bigger than we thought ... Um ... How does, oh, FIFTY billion dollars sound?"

Faced with calls for the resignation of your obviously grossly incompetent Minister of Finance, staring down the debt hole you gouged in our economy in the service of "Conservative" ideology, and wishing you hadn't completely spent up the surplus $30 billion you were gifted by your Liberal predecessors you:

A) Issue a mea culpa, and like any good CEO, tender your resignation. After all, your ideology claims government should behave like a business.
B) Ask for a vote of confidence in the house and accept the possibility of an election.
C) Take quick, decisive action by firing your finance minister and recognizing that your no-brakes free-market ideology is a failure.
D) Threaten to show old videos of the Opposition leader.

Guess which one our Dear Leader, Steve Harper, picked?

May I suggest that Canada add $300 million to the defecit? That's what it costs to hold an election. And whatever it costs it'll be cheaper to put someone else in power.

The Conservative Party of Canada: Making bad ideas even worse, lying about it, and wondering why the voters don't seem engaged.

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3 Comments:

At 10:43 a.m., Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Right on! And don't get me started on those Ignatieff attack ads - they drive me insane.

 
At 10:55 p.m., Blogger Silverstar said...

Now you know how we felt for the last eight years. You need to find your Obama.

 
At 6:59 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

@WC:
It seems as though the money spent on Iggy attacks could just as well have been spent on shovels to dig the Party into a big hole. I think they've lost government status, and next election will see us with a Liberal government.

@Silverstar:
Unfortunately there are three problems: One, we have a parliamentary system. The leader of the party elected gets to be PM, we don't choose him/her. Two, we don't have an Obama type leading any of the parties and aren't likely to, because the parties seem unlikely to find anyone that inspiring within the ranks. Three, alas, is that I feel that Obama isn't Obama either, and wasn't going to be. But he's managed to disapppoint even my modest expectations through his refusal to open up the torture question, his inability to force the closure of Gitmo, his reopening of the abundantly discredited military tribunal process, and his refusal to repeal the FISA provisions.

Which is not to say I don't like him, and still less to say I don't like him better than Bush, McCain, or that nutjob from Alaska whose pregnant teen is apparently now shilling for an abstinence group.

 

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