The Liberal Case

Presented without comment other than to observe that the argument strikes me as being somewhat incoherent.

Okay, I fibbed and so herewith are a few remarks to elaborate on that a bit… Ignatieff seems to be claiming on the one hand that the federal government has been disgorging billions of dollars to enrich the fortunes of Conservative officials and disproportionately benefit the ridings they control, while at the same time engaging in a wider clandestine scheme to “starve the beast” (alluding to Grover Norquist’s infamous phrase) and lower expectations of the government as an effective provider or facilitator of economic solutions. If that’s actually so, then it’s a terribly cunning and remarkably convoluted plan. I think maybe it might be better for the LPC to focus on the alleged incompetence issue rather than trying to introduce this somewhat conspiratorial and weirdly ideological component into the debate.

But who knows? Maybe Ignatieff is actually onto something here. It could be the agenda of the Harper Conservatives is to dig a hole with all of their lavish stimulus spending so vastly enormous that it will enable them to: a) win a majority government through targeted funding and distribution of pork; and then, once fully in control of the levers of power, to; b) cut the government to the bone and eliminate any programs they find objectionable in order to be “fiscally responsible” or some such thing when they eventually have to reign in expenses, thereby effectively re-structuring the government according to their ideological principles. Maybe not such a crazy idea… It’s just a thought.

Eliminating the N-Word

I was quite happy to have a previous thread here “hijacked” (his word, not mine) by Rob Harvie, a frequent commenter from the right-wing, conservative/libertarian side of the aisle, to promote the following video featuring the oration of a young man named Johnathon McCoy who is striving to eliminate the N-word from our social and political discourse. It’s incredibly moving and powerful speech. I’ll freely admit that it brought me to tears. Oh, and he’s just 10 yrs. old, which makes it all the more compelling.

You can find out more about this incredible young man via the Huffington Post that has links and such to his petition movement, etc.

I’m kind of speechless after watching it other than to say that it was very inspirational. Some cynical people dismiss hope and optimism, aspiration for a better world and so on as nothing but facile, naïve or foolish ideas, but it’s moments like this, listening to that moving bit of oration that perhaps remind us that we can aim higher and really do better in our own small ways and means; acting in a manner as great as our thoughts and so on (I believe something to that effect was posted on the local church signboard this morning).

And no, that’s not just me dovetailing with the current Liberal messaging strategy, by the way — to just preemptively kill that notion from the outset — although, I have to say, that maybe it’s not such an insipidly lame catchphrase as I had initially thought.

Connect the Dots

I ran across this parody of Glenn Beck’s “connect the dots” shtick other week and thought it was pretty funny.

It’s hard to watch Beck’s show now without keeping this in mind…

h/t: The funny and eclectic Lee Stranahan

Conservative Stimulus

Via LPC: MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, Brian Murphy discovered that Stephen Harper’s September 28th speech on the government’s economic update was for Conservatives only.

Sadly, this isn’t an “unfortunate incident” at all, but an example of a pattern whereby the Harper Conservatives use public funds — billions of your own dollars in stimulus spending in this case — for partisan political purposes. Or at least, so it would seem. But has anybody actually spent the time to do the mathematical correlation backing up that assertion? It would certainly be more than a little interesting to see a graphic breakdown of the money expended to ridings held by the Conservatives relative to those represented by other parties.

Perhaps what may be another example of this closer to home, I noted a recent pitch that arrived in the mail the other week from the local Conservative candidate promising a multi-million dollar overpass that it’s claimed will ease traffic congestion on the main route between Victoria and the West Shore communities if he’s elected. Given this was the “central theme” in his last bid for the seat and is now a “commitment” for his next try at the seat, one logically presumes that it wouldn’t at all be in the interest of the Conservative party to exploit the “tremendous infrastructure opportunities” as Mr. DeSouza puts it until such time as he’s elected.