Harper’s “Creepy” Budget

Fairly predictable criticism from the usual suspects regarding the so-called Conservatives’ feckless new SOS (“Save Our Skins”) budget.

What’s perhaps somewhat less expected was the relatively unvarnished reaction of Harper’s political mentor a couple of days ago:

“I spent five years getting Harper into power, so God knows I want him to survive,” Tom Flanagan, a political scientist at the University of Calgary, said in an interview Wednesday.

“I perfectly understand the imperatives of political survival and the need to make compromises and to adjust, etc., etc. etc. But . . . it’s got a creepy feel to it.”

What a shame that, like most “Conservative” supporters (Stephen Taylor and other fatuous jerks over at the Blithering Tories, for example), he didn’t have the fundamental integrity and/or intellectual honesty to denounce Harper’s bogus budget in more forceful terms.

Well, I can hardly wait for the PBO to publish its analysis. Soon I hope! Speaking of which, does anyone know if Kevin Page got the money he was looking for? It would certainly be a cruel irony indeed if he didn’t given the orgy of spending.

11 Replies to “Harper’s “Creepy” Budget”

  1. What a shame that, like most “Conservative” supporters (Stephen Taylor and other fatuous jerks over at the Blithering Tories, for example), he didn’t have the fundamental integrity and/or intellectual honesty to denounce Harper’s bogus budget in more forceful terms.
    Oddly those that do, get a GONG mention from James Bowie…
    So who is more stupid, some Blogging Tories or liberal James Bowie?

  2. I spent five years getting Harper into power…

    I’m starting to believe Harper is nothing but a lab experiment for the evil Dr. Professor Flanagan.

  3. CWTF — I saw that “GONG” thing. I didn’t find it amusing. Sure, there’s some schadenfreude to be had watching a few of the BTs getting their shorts in a bunch, but it conveniently ignores the LPC’s complicity in this fiscal madness.

  4. The CPC could be on the verge of disintegration – I know of one Con, who ran a campaign in the last election, who can ‘t accept this.

  5. Tom gave strong indication of “who owns who”, in that little dribble. Couple Tommy’s tattle with Iggy’s, “putting Harper on probation”, Stevie’s large intestine might be disgesting itself while he choke’s back a mighty, “FU! I’m the goddamn King around here!”.
    It would be typical Haper that revenge occupies most of his thoughts now. Him no like talk downers.

  6. He’s not looking like much of a “leader” these days, that’s for sure. Certainly not a man who inspires the least bit of confidence. To the contrary, his latest act of desperation just indicates that he doesn’t have a clue what the hell he’s doing.

  7. I liked the budget.

    It stimulates but doesn’t start creating crown corp’s like spring flowers.

    It tries to balance the assistance without pandering.

    It leaves the impression that Harper really doesn’t want to put billion’s of dollars into tomorrow’s mortgage and is only doing this grudgingly, and I like that too.

    Flannagan’s comments and those from the Fraser Institute are also expected. These guys want the private enterprises to right themselves with their own money. Along the line of the market will take care of the weak siblings in the ways of the jungle.

    What is probably more curious, is that everybody is looking for an angle to shoot at the budget.

    All the folks taking political shots at the budget (politician’s and pundits) are looking for the negative polarity. The politicians have axes to grind and the pundits (mostly, except those with axes) just want controversy and polarization.

    Watch where the criticism comes from. And watch as the LPC decides on whether to break their word and block the budget in committee, in the house, or in the Senate. This budget may not pass.

    The most contentious issue today is the Danny Factor. I do not think Harper is going to allow a billion dollar change in the budget just to appease the LPC who is trying to appease Danny. Harper may take this to the people.

  8. What is probably more curious, is that everybody is looking for an angle to shoot at the budget.

    I’m not. Budgets like these are attempts to address the last crisis (one that’s been brewing for decades) and don’t address the structural deficiencies that exist in the economy (the big one of course are the neoliberal economics you so mindlessly worship).

  9. Ti-Guy,

    You are clearly of the school of “now’s a good time to shift things around and do some big changes to how we function”.

    I kind of belong to that school too, but what about this do you see required, or needed from the budget?

    I see a need for re-aligning our investment and market structure, that isn’t a budget item, it is one that gets all premiers to agree on a single structure.

    I see a need to pour money into infrastructure, that’s already there. I see getting rid of provincial tyrade barriers, that’s also already there.

    What did you want to see that isn’t there?

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