As I watched the teeny weeny Throne Speech today I couldn't help but be struck by how beaten Stephen Harper looked.The Governor General may have been sitting in the big chair. But Harper looked like he was sitting on another kind of throne.... shitting himself.
And who can blame him? Once not so long ago he was telling us the fundamentals were sound. Now they're collapsing. Once Great
The Conservative government set a grim tone for the resumption of Parliament on Monday with a throne speech that used the word "crisis" four times in the first six paragraphs.
There were references to unprecedented uncertainty, worldwide recession, world wars and an allusion to the Great Depression of the 1930s.
But what must cause him even more pain than looking like a third rate fortune teller ....or an ignorant jackass...or looking as if he's straining to expel a turd the size of Jimbo Flaherty..... is having to look like a LIBERAL. Because he's so desperate to keep his job he'll do or say ANYTHING.
But of course there's only so far a fanatical ideologue like Stephen Harper can go, and this is the hill he will die on.
"We are not interested in making it lucrative to pay people not to work, it's not what this government is about, that's not what the taxpayers expect us to spend money on...not making Employment insurance more generous"
Stephen Harper December 19, 2008
With so many Canadians afraid of losing their jobs, and the present EI system so inadequate.
Cuts in the early 1990s mean barely half of the country's unemployed today – and fewer than a quarter in Toronto – are eligible for benefits. Those lucky enough to qualify often get far less than poverty-level incomes. And for almost everyone scrambling to find work as the economy crumbles, benefits run out too soon.
If Stephen Harper doesn't do enough to improve this wretched system that condemns so many Canadians to lives of degrading poverty, the Coalition for Change will have a perfect excuse to defeat the budget and take power. Why go to the wall over tax cuts, as bad as they are, when we can use the power of fear itself ? The fear so many Canadians have that they could be next.
Because Harper can't describe what we're facing as an economic apocalypse, and then do nothing to help its victims. Can he? Unless he's a crazy neocon who would put his jungle ideology before the lives of suffering Canadians. But he's a Liberal isn't he? Muahahahaha.
Wow isn't the Coalition awesome? First it turned Great Crazy Leader into a pathetic, grovelling, pretend Liberal. Now it can bring him down for not being a good enough one. Talk about poetic justice.
Golly. If I wasn't such a hopeless pessimist I might believe we've got the foul Cons exactly where we want them.
Defeat them. Crush them. Finish them off....