Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Harper Regime and the Con Artist Budget
It won't happen of course, not in this corrupted Harperland, where decency goes to die.
But if there was any justice, Boss Harper, Oily Joe Oliver, and the rest of the Con mob would be in a police lineup.
Preparing to be charged with crimes against democracy and electoral fraud.
For conspiring to bribe voters, and trying to con Canadians into believing that what they presented us with yesterday was a budget.
When in fact it was nothing more, as John Geddes points out, than a 518-page campaign pamphlet.
To call a federal budget a political document is a cliché. What else would the annual unveiling of a set-piece plan for taxing and spending be? But in this election year, with every eye in Ottawa squinting ahead to the Oct. 19 fixed date for Canadians to go to the polls, Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s budget is even more political than usual—a 518-page campaign pamphlet.
And the only reason they were able to balance the budget was by slashing government jobs and social services, holding a fire sale of government assets.
And most unforgivably by raiding the so-called rainy day fund...
But the way he managed to write this budget in black ink wasn’t, strictly speaking, frugality. In fact, Oliver had to take the contingency reserve—the cushion built into the budget against unexpected economic woes—and shrink it from $3 billion, where it was set as recently as last fall, down to $1 billion. If he hadn’t given himself that $2 billion bonus, Oliver’s 2015 fiscal plan would have remained in the red.
Can you believe that? Siphoning money out of a fund designed to protect us from natural disasters like a flood in Alberta or an earthquake in BC.
And hoping Canadians won't notice.
Clearly, the government is hoping Canadians will be too busy tallying the benefits the budget contains for them to fret about how Oliver avoided posted another deficit.
Even though Jason Kenney said that would NEVER happen...
And his depraved leader would have us believe that only HE can keep us safe?
Are Harper and his Cons just criminally irresponsible or are they INSANE?
But then of course it is all fraud, just smoke and mirrors...
A hollow piece of propaganda that does nothing to boost our struggling economy.
In the end, this budget is 518 pages of mainly nothing. There are some issues, such as climate change, that are not addressed at all. There are others, such as aid to manufacturing, that evaporate under scrutiny.
None of this should be a surprise. The Harper Conservatives don’t approve of government. In their heart of hearts, they would prefer that it do nothing. Which, except for vote-buying, is largely what this budget does.
And is nothing more than a blatant attempt to buy the election with OUR money.
Or as I said last night, the porkiest and most shameful hog fest this country has ever known...
For that's how low we have fallen.
And the good news? Harper and his mob are rowing in the wrong direction.
While balancing the budget may be Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s top priority, a new poll shows Canadians put jobs and the economy first. The poll of 1,005 Canadians conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Global News found 59 per cent of respondents prefers a budget that invests in jobs, the economy and social programs even if it runs a deficit, while 41 per cent prefer a balanced budget.
So while they may receive a small boost from this most political of budgets, it will almost certainly prove short lived.
Because their numbers are also heading in the wrong direction.
And the real state of the economy, and their scandals, will come back to haunt them...
And if the opposition is able to portray Harper and his foul Cons as an old, tired, and corrupt government that would put its interests before the interests of the country, while turning us into a police state.
We will still defeat them.
And see justice done...
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