It was a frightening sight, and for a moment I thought Stephen Harper had finally gone off the deep end.
For there he was, on the day when he was supposed to be celebrating the launch of his new budget, screaming at the opposition, waving his arms around wildly, trying to explain why he's trying to bribe the rich.
While simultaneously trying to shrug off what Oily Joe Oliver had to say about his granddaughter.
Opposition MPs repeatedly questioned Harper about Finance Minister Joe Oliver's statement that any government revenue shortfall created decades from now by the tax-free savings accounts would be a matter for Harper's granddaughter to solve.
Harper called criticism of the accounts "a clearly preposterous argument." "The tax-free savings accounts have been great things for Canadians, for the Canadian middle class and for the Canadian economy," he said.
Needless to say it couldn't have been more embarrassing, and couldn't have been a WORSE budget launch.
If the Cons had dressed up as clowns and done a conga line through the Commons.
So I can only imagine what Great Leader must be saying to Ol' Joe Oliver...
For having made them both look like IDIOTS.
But then why should we surprised? When they are both Con clowns. All they care about is bribing some niche-voters, to try to buy the next election.
And as Michael Harris points out, it is all a shell game.
No wonder they’re spending $7.5 million in public money to advertise Joe Oliver’s budget. Bernie Madoff couldn’t have come up with a sneakier sell than this. Still, no one should be surprised. This misbegotten government’s modus operandi is about much more than information control. It’s about soaring, jet-propelled skullduggery in a never-ending political campaign. It’s a power fantasy. It’s Steve’s way.
Numbers mean as much to Boss Harper and his gang as the truth does...
Numbers have a wonderfully elastic quality to them; like Harper cabinet ministers, they say what they’re told to say. Numbers are the favourite tool of fraudsters and politicians alike. One swindles money, the other swindles votes.
And by reducing federal revenues to their lowest point ever, the Cons are weakening our country, mortgaging our future. And like Harper's granddaughter, we are ALL going to pay for it.
The best part? It will all be paid for by Canadians, whose consolation prize is getting to watch the social democracy it took us fifty years to build wash away like spring snow.
But I’m the first to admit that there are some winners in Budget 2015. If you’re a wealthy CSIS agent with a stay-at-home wife who believes the beheaders are coming to the 905 belt — this, my friend, is the budget for you.
And the good news?
Joe Oliver has just given us an amazing quote to use against the Cons in the next election, and beat the stuffing out of their porky tax plan.
Or mock it mercilessly...
@PaulSmithTO @MaudeBarlow To Harper there is no "public" - there are only voters and donors. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/9XNujNrSqB
— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) April 22, 2015
And as a bonus, encourage young Canadians to vote in record numbers.
Which must surely make it the most disastrous budget launch EVER.
In fact the only way it could have been more ridiculous was if Stephen had flown into the Commons on his porcelain chariot...
And delivered his less than stirring defence of his porky tax plan in the sitting position.
Plop. Plop. Plop.
Or if the desperate Cons had taken a page out of the musical The Producers.
And introduced the budget and their Great Leader this way...
For that is who they are.
They are Con clowns, it is a fascist circus.
Their leader is crazy, desperate, and dangerous.
And we can't get rid of him soon enough...
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