Oh boy. I have to admit that when you're a blogger and a progressive in Harperland, some days are better than others.
And at first glance today really sucked eh?
For starters as I walked home this evening I was finally forced to admit what I have being denying for so long:
Winter is almost upon us...
Most of the tourist boats are gone, it's getting really cold and dark out there, the first harbingers of the Snowy Apocalypse are racing across the sky.
And to make things even bleaker, I couldn't get two horrible images out of my mind.
The image of Stephen Harper thinking that he had finally buried the Senate scandal under the weight of his
The Conservative government will squeeze public-service salaries and sell off government assets to enter the next federal election with a budget surplus of at least $3.7-billion, paving the way for promised big-ticket tax cuts.
Which the Con Ministry of Propaganda and Disinformation was trumpeting like only it can. Or Goebbels could.
And the image of Rob Ford flogging Robbie Bobbie bobbleheads.
The early runner for the hottest toy of the Christmas season — at least for Toronto holiday shoppers — could be the Rob Ford bobblehead doll.
"It speaks volumes by the amount of people that are downstairs (lining up)," Doug Ford said. "I don't think there's a politician in the country, including the prime minister, that could have bobblehead dolls and have them line up around the corner."
Because if those aren't signs of the Con Apocalypse what are eh?
And judging from the text messages I received this evening, or the comments in the papers, if I had stuck my head out of the window I probably would have seen progressives standing on their balconies shouting:
" Ford is STILL popular !#@!!! Harper is BUYING the next election !!!!! Or just screaming "NOOOOOOOOOOO !@#!!!
When in fact nothing that happened today is going to change ANYTHING.
Rob Ford is not popular, he's a dead man walking. And the reason most people were buying those Robbie Bobbies was because they want to keep a copy of his shrunken head to show off at parties.
Like people once collected this woody thing...
Which I understand when used for the same purpose works even better eh?
And as for Stephen Harper, he shouldn't be perched and rotating too comfortably on his throne either. Because even if he does get a real surplus, which with Jimbo Flaherty cooking the books can't be guaranteed.
Liberal finance critic Scott Brison noted that $1.5-billion of the government’s estimated $3.7-billion surplus depends on asset sales that have not taken place. “It’s a little bit like selling the furniture to pay for the groceries,” he said.
For obvious reasons...
Not when the opposition can always shrug their shoulders and say this:
You inherited a $13 billion dollar surplus and after TEN years in power turned it into a $3 billion dollar surplus? Big deal. What are you bragging about? You should be fired or ARRESTED.
Secondly, if there is a surplus, the opposition can either match or come up with better ways to spend it, without being accused by the Cons of being financially irresponsible.
Thirdly, with the country running a surplus, the economy will be LESS not more of an issue. And the Cons will have undermined the only thing they still have going for them.
Which is why John Ivison was suggesting yesterday that the Harperites might not want to slay the deficit too soon.
A key plank of the Conservative pitch for the past seven years has been that Liberals and the NDP couldn’t run a lemonade stand. But if the budget is balanced in 2014 — 18 months ahead of the election — a good times narrative threatens to undermine the warning to voters that the others aren’t worth the risk. When voters feel they can afford to gamble, they tend to do just that.
And the only reason they're bragging about it now is because they're desperate to change the channel on the Senate scandal. Which isn't going away. Because there are just too many questions Stephen Harper hasn't answered.
The PM, who precious months ago insisted that there was no paper trail in this sordid game of political chicken, is now handing over his office’s non-existent documents to the RCMP. Where did they come from – the e-mail fairy?
His story rings FALSE...
Think about Harper’s “narratives”. First, it was full support for Wright and no resignation; that morphed into accepting his resignation with regret; next it was Wright did not resign but was sacked; and finally it was righteous indignation and a sense of betrayal that drove the PM to fire his rogue chief-of-staff. So now we’re to believe that Wright was fired because he didn’t tell the PM about the Duffy deal?
Yet it took him until May 19 to dump the guy – and even then he does it “with great regret.” Flick this story with a fingernail and you will get no ring – it is glass, not crystal.
And if charges are laid, which seems almost certain, Great Scandalous Leader may find himself having to answer those questions and others under OATH. In a criminal court. In the months, weeks, or days leading up to the next election.
Which considering how many Canadians mistrust and despise him and his Con regime already, should just about finish him off. And just at the Wright time.
So you see, things aren't really as bad as they seem.
And BTW neither is the impending Snowy Apocalypse eh?
Because I forgot that this also the time in The Great White North.
When the Mighty Zamboni rides AGAIN !!!!
Yup. Look at it people that's CANADA !!!!!!
And what better symbol of our growing resistance to the Harper regime?
So try not to freeze to death eh? But cheer-up and enjoy the show.
The Canadian people are on the move. I'm getting ready to FLY. Woohoo !!!
And those Con monkeys are STILL going down...
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