Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Great Con War on Crime and Medicare
Oh no. Remember how I said the other night that Jimbo Flaherty probably hated having to call his new budget Porky Action Plan 2013?
Because there couldn't be a worse way to sell ANYTHING.
Well forget that theory eh?
Because there was Jimbo yesterday getting a Porky Action sign engraved on his new shoes.
But then what better way to get Canadians to stare at his feet, while he reaches into their pockets with both hands, and makes BILLIONS of secret cuts.
Each year’s budget brings a new round of cuts, offices shut down, services terminated. In 2011 there was “Strategic Review,” with $2.4 billion in cuts over three years. In 2012 it was “Strategic Operating Review,” worth about $5 billion a year. Last autumn Treasury Board Secretary Tony Clement was put in charge of a new cabinet subcommittee on spending restraint. A news report at the time called the new effort “strategic review on steroids.”
So each year’s modest cuts are followed, a year later, by further modest cuts. It’s like sharpening a pencil. You shave off a curlicue of wood every few weeks and one day the pencil’s gone.
Because the Con regime's Great War on the Deficit is really a Great War on Government.
Just like their Great War on Crime is really part of their Great War on the Provinces.
Per capita spending on criminal justice — including federal and provincial jails, court costs and policing — has climbed 23 per cent over the last decade even as the crime rate fell 23 per cent, says a new study by the Parliamentary budget office.
Almost $15 billion of the total last year, or 73 per cent, was carried by the provinces and municipalities.
And their Great War on the Provinces is really a Great War on Medicare. A way to make the provinces poorer, by increasing their costs while capping their transfers, until they are forced to privatize their health care systems.
Because that has always been Stephen Harper's biggest target from the moment he entered politics.
And everything he does is as stealthy as a spider...
So much for the Great War on Crime, so much for the invisible criminals.
Why wage an unpopular war on medicare?
When you can achieve the same result.
By locking up more and more Canadians for smoking marijuana.
And waging a Great War on Drugs.
Even if it's all MADNESS....
Oh boy. You know Paul Wells is right about this:
One thing Stephen Harper learned soon after he became Prime Minister was that Canadians have little intuitive grasp of decimal places.
Similarly, the ability to tell the difference between a little belt-tightening and a wholesale cut to a government service or department is not a widespread skill. So as long as the government offers only the vaguest information about its spending cuts, few Canadians will go searching for details.
And this too is true: unless Canadians learn to read the fine print, or watch Jimbo Flaherty's hands, or Stephen Harper's spidey jaws, closely.
They will wake up one day, in a jail cell.
Or on a stretcher, in a welfare hospital.
In a country they don't recognize....
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