OK. I realize that Joe Oliver doesn't know what's he's doing. And that the budget he will finally deliver tomorrow was written in the PMO.
But you'd think the Cons would have stopped promoting his absurd balanced budget bill, which would punish cabinet ministers with a five percent wage freeze if they dared run a deficit.
After the NDP pointed out how much it would cost them and their Great
But no, since they are shameless, they're promoting it harder than ever.
Which would be hilarious, considering how recklessly the Cons have spent our money on such things as a billion dollars worth of porky action plan ads.
Or considering the state of the Canadian economy...
Except that it's no joke. Because if that balanced budget bill was ever implemented it would reduce our country to a desert, and would be an absolute disaster.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver's latest musings about introducing balanced budget legislation represent the worst policy for Canada, and will doom us to European-style crises and rob future generations of prosperity.
One that would force future government to make a hellish choice:
Imagine a government wanting to upgrade health care, or our sewers, or electrical grids, or improving our roads and bridges, or increasing social security. Well, under the current proposed legislation, governments won't be able to deficit spend to improve our infrastructure, unless it drastically offsets the whole amount of the investment.
So what will it do? Only two possibilities: 1) nothing; 2) introduce draconian cuts in other areas, like social services, to offset the full amount of the investment. This will have one of two consequences: 1) allow a further deterioration of our infrastructure; or 2) the eventual elimination of our social safety net.
But then that is of course what Stephen Harper has been trying to do ever since he came to power: kill government by slowly starving into death...
Or as his Republican masters taught him, shrink it until it's so small it can be drowned in a bath tub. And all, except the rich, must live in his cold cruel jungle.
For what else can explain that even as Joe Oliver rambles on about austerity, he is preparing to spray money all over the country?
It will be a budget that will be short on grand gestures, but will be used to apply to some makeup on Conservative blemishes, micro target constituencies the party needs in October and reach out to other voters not necessarily in the Tory fold with money that will include longtime horizons and asterisks.
To try to buy the election.
While at the same time, and for the same reason, Pierre Poilievre is talking about even more tax cuts.
Until there is no money for social services, no money for pensions, no money for medicare, no money for the CBC, no money for nothing.
And the problem we face is that in this country there are many Canadians who are so shortsighted, or so greedy, or so dumb, that they might go for that message like a trout goes for a fly.
On a hook.
Or a hog goes for a bucket of slop...
And the progressive parties need to be far more aggressive in their efforts to convince those Canadians before the election, that they are heading for the slaughterhouse.
Or risk being slaughtered themselves.
And the good news. Polls show that Canadians still favour social services and medicare over tax cuts.
So if the progressive parties are able to paint a vivid enough picture of where Stephen Harper and his government killing Cons would take us...
We can use it against them in the coming election to undermine their whole economic platform.
And help defeat this maniac before he destroys our country...
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