Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Jesus Harper and the Not So Miraculous Surplus
It looked like a scene in that sordid B-movie, The Rise and Fall of Jesus Harper.
The one where the Oily Messiah takes a fishy deficit and miraculously turns it into a tiny surplus.
Stephen Harper seemed to have some extra spring in his step Monday after struggling on a variety of fronts in what has been a tough campaign so far.
The reason? News that the government posted a surprise $1.9-billion surplus in 2014-15 — bringing the country’s books back into balance a year earlier than expected.
Only to have it revealed that he is no Jesus, and it was no miracle.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper on Monday defended federal departments for holding on to billions of dollars last year. The unspent money was instead returned to the federal treasury, and played a huge role in the Conservative government posting a $1.9-billion budget surplus in the last fiscal year.
The PBO figures aren’t final as not all departments, agencies and Crown corporations have reported their full end-of-year spending. But they do suggest hundreds of millions set aside for new military equipment, processing refugee applications, First Nations communities and transportation infrastructure went unspent.
The shabby Con artist had simply squeezed $8 BILLION out of government departments like a boa constrictor, left the military in the lurch, and desperate refugees on the beach. And had even stolen money from dirt poor native communities, just to pad his grubby surplus.
But then what do you expect? He does want to prove that government doesn't work so he can kill it more easily.
And he did learn all he knows about running the PMO bouncing up and down on the knees of Ol' Brucie Carson...
Who as we know isn't exactly the best role model or teacher.
A former top aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper was trying to help a girlfriend leave her escort past behind when he got involved in trying to persuade the government to buy water systems from a company that employed her, a court heard Monday.
Bruce Carson has pleaded not guilty to a charge of influence peddling in a trial that Harper's opponents are using to question the prime minister's judgment in making appointments.
But it is hard to decide whether Harper is Carson's best or worst pupil. For although he still does try to lie like a Con artist.
Harper sidestepped questions about the trial on Monday, telling reporters in Kamloops, B.C. that the allegations are against someone who left his office long ago.
"This concerns an individual's actions as a private citizen after he left government," Harper said.
He is still getting caught.
After leaving the Prime Minister’s Office, from his perch in Calgary, Bruce Carson still had direct access to Harper government ministers and their senior staff who gladly entertained his attempts to promote an Ottawa company’s water filtration system as a quick fix for First Nation communities hard hit by water woes, evidence submitted during his criminal trial shows.
And one thing is for sure. Neither that, nor his phoney budget surplus will help his image. It will only make him look even more like a sleazy Con artist.
And fuel the desire for change in a country where a new poll suggests it's already hitting record levels.
The mood of the country continued to deteriorate and the desire for change grew since our last wave of surveying. Today, just 32% say the country is heading in the right direction, a drop of 18 points since last December and the lowest we have measured since we began tracking this item in March 2014.
Which almost certainly means that even his tinny surplus won't save him.
No matter what he says...
Or how crazy he sounds.
Especially when it's pointed out that by keeping so much money out of circulation for crass political purposes, he may have helped drive the country into another recession...
So that only a hopeless Con, or an absolute idiot, can still believe that he's Great Economist Leader. Or believe ANYTHING he says.
And the bad news?
Judging from the way Harper and his greasy monkey Joe Oliver cooked the books to get that surplus...
If the Cons can't cancel, or prorogue the election...
They will try to STEAL it.
So we are going to have to work really hard to make sure we crush them beyond recognition.
For it should be clear by now that NOTHING in this country will be safe, not our money nor our freedoms.
Until that sleazy gang are evicted from power. Or arrested.
And their grotesque Con artist leader is sent to the place where he belongs...
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