Thursday, October 17, 2013
Stephen Harper's Grubby Little Throne Speech
It was a Throne Speech as small, as uninspiring, and as politically depraved as Stephen Harper himself.
A speech that must have made the poor Governor General feel like running home and taking a shower.
A grubby little speech with a toxic teabagger heart.
The federal government says it will bring in a law forcing future governments to have balanced budgets during "normal economic times," freeze its operating budget and reform the way the government manages spending, Gov. Gen. David Johnston said in the throne speech Wednesday
A plan to further strangle government right out of the Republican handbook. Buried in an extended Porky Action Plan ad, stuffed with empty bragging about the Con regime's economic record, jingoistic baloney, and doggy whistles to its rabid base.
From a man who would rail against sick and defenceless drug addicts, recycle his demagogic law and order agenda, but make no mention of climate change.
A Botox treatment gone bad, as John Ivison called it. From a ratty regime too tired and corrupted to do better.
If this is Harper’s idea of Seizing Canada’s Moment, as the Conservatives ads trumpet, the party is reaching out with an exceedingly weak grip to grasp the future. Its absence of vision is matched only by its lack of ambition.
And is just playing for time.
The Harper agenda as outlined in this throne speech is to squeak through a bruising fall session in Parliament, pray for a robust turnaround in the American and world economy, and hope that our own growth picks up, along with the Conservative poll numbers, before the government has to face the voters again. It’s a political play for time, not a vision for the future.
Hoping to distract Canadians from the Senate scandal with a frothy foam of chintzy promises...
Theo Moudakis/Toronto Star
Promises which apparently no longer include an Airline Passenger's Bill of Rights. No doubt after the Cons remembered at the last moment what Pierre Poilievre once said.
And didn't want to see their little attack dog neutered in public, or remind Canadians that they stole that idea and all the others from the NDP.
Which only tells me that the Cons are making it up as they go along. Or just desperate.
After eight years in the Ottawa bubble, has the Harper government lost touch with the country? All indications would suggest it has. Confidence that the country is moving in the ‘right’ direction has reached new lows. Confidence in the stewardship of this government is lower still.
At the same time, Prime Minister Stephen Harper finds nearly two-in-three voters disapproving of his job as PM and his party has shed over one-third of the supporters that provided the Conservatives a majority in 2001.
These poll results not only cast doubt on whether Harper can recapture a second majority — they raise the spectre of the Conservatives not even winning Official Opposition status.
Because their polls are tanking. They will not escape the Senate scandal. The economy will not lift them.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper prides himself on his handling of the economy. His economic skills are cited time and again as reasons for voting Conservative...But five years into the Great Recession, it is a mantra that is wearing thin.
And no matter what he says or does, Stephen Harper will never lift his party like he once did. Not when after eight years, so many Canadians are sick and tired of him. So many hate him so much. Time is not on his side.
And he is THE PROBLEM.
He will of course refuse to accept that brutal reality, his ego being so large, his grip on reality so fragile.
So he will soldier on like a cyborg, until he becomes so unpopular even his docile caucus revolts, his government falls apart.
Or he does...
For NOTHING can save a man who is his own greatest enemy.
And nothing in today's Throne Speech will save his rotten government.
We will attack him like he must be attacked, of course.
But his days are already numbered.
And in the end he will destroy HIMSELF...
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