A Man With a Plan!

Another delightful blast from the past…

“The problem is, once you cross that line… nothing stops deficits from getting larger and larger and spiraling out of control and we want to avoid the kind of government, household and trade deficit we’ve seen in the United States.” — Stephen Harper

Hmmm. Where to start? Those ever pesky facts indicate that government spending has spiraled out of control (even before introduction of the “Action Plan”) to the point where we now have an astounding $50 billion or more in deficit (nobody seems to know the actual figure with any precision), more households are going into bankruptcy than ever before, and that Canada ran a record trade deficit of $2 billion in August.

Mission not accomplished!

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36 responses to “A Man With a Plan!

  1. Ti-Guy

    Meanwhile, the loudest braying in the press is about PM’s debut at the NAC and the Liberal Party’s rigor mortis. And the polls. The polls, the polls, the polls…

    I decided to watch The National yesterday (I rarely need to) and the only government reporting was the At Issue Panel with Coyne, Hébert and Gregg, telling us all how we should *feel* about politics.

    This country got dumber a lot faster than I ever expected.

  2. Yup, sweaters, piano playing and opinion seem to be what’s important to the media.

    Meanwhile, they are debating in the House about Canada Post and a backdoor attempt by the Tories to privatize – we in Ontario know what that privatization by the Harris government of Ontario Hydro has done to us.

    The cost of the ads for the Economic Action Plan are way out of control.

    No one is looking into the costs of the ten percenters to taxpayers – I’ve received over 25 since mid-January from the Tories.

    How much has Harper spent of taxpayer dollars on polling? Last investigation, in an attempt to get Liberals it was discovered that Harper spent twice as much as any previous government.

    How about this possibe push-polling by Poilievre (see BC’r in Toronto post on this)? Are the Cons paying for this or taxpayers?

    Yup, look at the headllines today – media copying each other about unimportant issues and opinion.

  3. TofKW

    “This country got dumber a lot faster than I ever expected.”

    Indeed Ti-Guy, indeed. I felt like bitch-slapping the At Issue panel last night, in the faint hope that they might become journalists again. Coyne was the least idiotic, if only because he alone seemed to realize the piano playing bullshit of it all. I had to turn the channel half-way through Rex Murphy when he began to compare Harper’s piano stunt with Bill Clinton’s sax performance (that’s SAX, with an ‘A’) …because I knew I was about to do physically harm my TV.

  4. Navvy

    “Meanwhile, they are debating in the House about Canada Post and a backdoor attempt by the Tories to privatize”

    Do the Cons do anything of consequence through the front door? Yesterday, lost amid the latest headlines about how much worse the Liberals were doing than they were the hour before, was our esteemed minister of national defence saying our troops are staying in Afghanistan past 2011, we’re just not calling it combat operations. I’m sure the Taliban will respect the official new role.

  5. Rex Murphy has it in for both Obama and Ignatieff and climate change. He rants regularly about it.

    Looks to me more like Obama and Ignatieff succeeded where he failed.
    …………………………
    Rex Murphy (born March 1947) is a noted Canadian commentator, primarily on Canadian political and social matters.

    -Murphy was born in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, 105 kilometres west of St. John’s and is the second of five children of Harry and Marie Murphy. He graduated from Memorial University in 1968, and promptly went to England to study at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar. He did not, however, receive an Oxford degree.

    – Murphy has run for office in three Newfoundland provincial elections, in 1975 as a Tory, and in 1985 and 1987 as a Liberal. He lost all three times. He also worked in the 1980s as executive assistant to Clyde Wells.

    …plus his writing style is awful

  6. Ti-Guy

    A bunch of courtiers in love with themselves and the belief that the rest of us are taking them seriously.

    If you revisit their records, they’re awful. They’ve practically never been right…about anything. If Coyne had any integrity, he’d be mounting a non-stop campaign against Harper to highlight how he has betrayed every principle he’s ever held. Hébert and Gregg are just biding their time until full dotage sets in. And Murphy is clinically insane.

    I’m be more sanguine if they just labelled these types of news segments: “Opinions You Should Have.”

  7. Are you kidding me?

    There’s a stand the Libs should take. Get out of Afghanistan ASAP.

    Excuse my language, but that whole mission is completely fucked up beyond belief.

    Missed the “At Issue” panel but will likely watch it on the weekend.

  8. Jay

    Try sharing a cramped turbo prop flight with him coming put of Newfoundland. If were allowed to have fingernail clippers at the time I would have brought the plane down. He must wear a diaper to deal with all the piss and vinegar. Nothing but whining before, during, and after the flight.

  9. Navvy

    Wish I were:
    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/afghanmission/article/707825–canada-s-future-role-in-afghanistan-to-change-mackay

    Who knows what seperates our “battle group” from the contingent that will be stuck there for “development and training”.

  10. TofKW

    “If Coyne had any integrity, he’d be mounting a non-stop campaign against Harper to highlight how he has betrayed every principle he’s ever held.”

    In fairness, he has said this a few times on air, and writen an editorial or two on this very topic. However, you’re quite correct, he dropped this faint bit of rational thought for spewing more of his ‘opinions we should all hold’ crap.

    You are also correct that the At Issue panel has a poor track record with their prognostications, though it was Coyne out of the three who maintained no election this year. So far he’s winning, but there’s still ~90 days to go.

    Also, forgive my poor grammar in the final sentence of my earlier post – glad we’re not graded here.

  11. Ti-Guy

    Excuse my language, but that whole mission is completely fucked up beyond belief.

    We can’t anything about it anyway. The Americans shit that bed…let them clean up themselves.

    I’m sick of this. No one other than Canadians care about our involvement in this mission. I was listening to PRI’s The World the other day. The Netherlands were given a sympathetic hearing about how it’s done enough and should be allowed to get out. This, after they’ve suffered 21 casualties. Singapore was also mentionned.

  12. Ti-Guy

    However, you’re quite correct, he dropped this faint bit of rational thought for spewing more of his ‘opinions we should all hold’ crap.

    That’s the thing: If you’re going to criticise others for not having principles, for taking the risk of being “boldly principled” then people should have to stand by them, come hell or high water. And if can’t, then you should go away and never come back. Coyne and Frum…two people who need to find other careers.

    This is why I’ve always laughed at the whole idea of “principles” when it comes to complex things like social policy or the economy. There’s just no way they ever hold up. The only principle I live by is to be as honest as humanly possible when it comes to substantive issues of common interest.

    …put that last bit in in case Sir Francis highlights some minor fib I told at some point in the past. 😉

  13. Cari

    Wow!..would this me nice on TV now….. out of his own mouth. Lovely, just what we need!
    RualSandi : I do not get ten per centers..boy I am lucky ..my MP is nice…. at least, that way..an ex PC.

  14. Ti-Guy

    I do not get ten per centers..boy I am lucky ..my MP is nice

    We don’t get them from our own MP’s. We get from Conservative MP’s from all over Canada. Got two today…one from Dean Del Fatso (second one this week) and one from his Harperness himself.

    My own MP is a Liberal. I get four mailings a year from him.

  15. Dean Del Fatso. 🙂 Ah, too funny.

    Our involvement in the “mission” (whatever that may be) is pointless and completely futile. Someone needs to man up and admit that this is a waste of time, effort, money and lives… Enough already!

    How about we round up all the Bloggin’ Tories and send them over to A-stan in a last-ditch counterinsurgency effort if they’re so damned keen on protecting the homeland from a handful of radical religious nutjobs or whatever they see our role over there being. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Wendy Sullivan, Kathy Shaidle, Stephen Taylor and the bunch of other craven, flabby chickenhawks populating that rhetorical cesspit tossed into combat…

  16. Ti-Guy

    How about we round up all the Bloggin’ Tories and send them over to A-stan …

    Just the women. They’re the only ones tough enough to handle the job. The men are all a bunch of wimps.

  17. Ehhhh…. I don’t know how tough they are. Can you imagine Sandi and Joanne battling the Taliban guerrillas… The thought amuses me no end for some reason.

  18. Navvy

    Yeah Red… until they realize they’re not all that different and join forces. Then we’re fucked.

  19. Quite so.

    Because they do seem to have more in common than apart in terms of their zealotry and deep-seated HATE for… stuff.

  20. Ti-Guy

    Ehhhh…. I don’t know how tough they are. Can you imagine Sandi and Joanne battling the Taliban guerrillas…

    I don’t know. Maybe chirping and burbling at the Taliban just might work: “We surrender! We cannot abide this insipid perkiness one more minute!”

    I certainly can imagine they’d soil their panties less than Stephen Taylor, Steve Janke and Adrian Raphael Alexander MacNair.

  21. Ti-Guy

    Off-topic…

    Caught this at Stageleft Very amusing.

  22. Ti-Guy — Oh, I’d round up the whole bunch of them… Halls of Mesopotamia coward and drooling slack-jawed pervert Neo; Frank the aspiring porno writer and security expert, whatever his site is these days; anti-Muslim bigot Junker Sr.; Chucker the clown prince of asinine comedy; prurient boy detective and part-time investigative journalist Steve Janke; along with secretive racist Adrian Raphael Alexander MacNair and other witless aspirants of the wingnut punditocracy…

    Just imagine what a terrific combat brigade they’d all make if thrown together in one place… in harm’s way. To keep the rest of us “safe”…

  23. Great video, by the way.

    There is a European “sensibility” that just seems lost on many many people here and I’m not entirely sure why.

  24. Geez RT – I hope you’re not referring to me.

    Speaking of Afghanistan – something’s brewing I think. Mackay’s statements, Pamela Wallin (how timely) doing a sort support your troops article, at this stage of the game appointing an Canadian Envoy and the new whiz kid diplomat – Alexander. He was apparently wooed by the Liberals but backed down because the Liberals want to leave in 2011 – he’s now running for the Conservatives and refuses to discuss Afghanistan.

    Makes me wonder.

  25. There is a European “sensibility” that just seems lost on many many people here and I’m not entirely sure why.

    As a member of a generation whose cultural reference points were established through innumerable viewings of Happy Days, The Dukes of Hazzard and Eight is Enough, I can help you answer your query…

  26. Ti-Guy

    They have been taking a few more risks with advertising lately…such as the commercial where the word “frozen” in “frozen food” is bleeped and the one for the home pregnancy test that claims the product is “the most sophisticated piece of technology you’ll ever pee on.”

  27. SF — With all due respect, I’m frequently subjected to episodes of Are You Being Served? and Keeping Up Appearances, so I don’t think that entirely resolves the problem…

  28. sapphireandsteel

    maybe you need some eurovision song contest Red 😉

  29. I’m frequently subjected to episodes of Are You Being Served? and Keeping Up Appearances…

    Most American TV shows of the era make Are You Being Served? come across like Aeschylus.

    The camp double entendres alone would have over-taxed the semantic thresholds of the Midwestern Tang enthusiasts for whom U.S. programming was/is designed.

  30. jkg

    As a little aside Sir Francis, correct me if I am wrong but the people behind Are You Being Served? also inspired Allo! Allo! , which I find particularly entertaining. Even today, I find the most silly slapstick panel show in Britain much more funny. I do not know what it is; it just seems the British know how to be hilariously irreverent. As a person born of the MTV generation (I will refuse to associate myself with the Generation Y as I actually knew what it was like not to have internet as a child), you can imagine how straining it is to explain why such British comedy gems are worth watching. Then again, Jackass or American’s Next Top Model seem to be exemplars of comedy and drama respectively over here; go figure. That is not to say Britain has their own programming that plays to the lowest common denominator. They did export I am a Celebrity. Get me out of here . But when they do cultural and comedic programming, they are better at it.

  31. sapphireandsteel

    you’re close jkg. The same people wrote both shows. Gotta love those British airmen hiding in the upstairs bedroom. 😉

  32. SF — The camp double entendres alone would have over-taxed the semantic thresholds of the Midwestern Tang enthusiasts for whom U.S. programming was/is designed.

    Your artful deprecation is always a thing of beauty.

    That said, I don’t know how anyone could tolerate all of those “pussy” references. They make me cringe… Funny once, perhaps, but after countless repetition, it just becomes unbearable. Likewise with the sly homosexual allusions and other “saucy” and pruriently salacious nonsense. It’s the absolute worst Britain has to offer and it saddens me that this is the impression people get of the country…

    As for Keeping Up Appearances this again is a joke gone too far. Yes, we get it. Or some of us do, at least. I wonder though whether our American friends, or even fellow Canadians actually appreciate how rigid and deeply embedded the class system is in Britain?

  33. JKG — …it just seems the British know how to be hilariously irreverent.

    We have a refined sense of absurdity. I suspect that it’s becoming part of our DNA and therefore could possibly evolve into something dangerously inherent. 😉

  34. S&S — maybe you need some eurovision song contest Red.

    A three word response to that notion: Just kill me.

    Have you ever watched the Eurovision contests? You can almost feel the life draining out as one endures the execrable performances of pathetic wankers from around the Euro-zone. It’s beyond awful.

  35. sapphireandsteel

    Lol, it was always an annual bit of pain living in Europe that you have to go through. It is an effective argument that Europe produces crap at a level that even we North Americans cannot produce consistency?

    Take this example

    http://bit.ly/3ZA1Cp

    As for British television, I wish that they would export a bit more than the usual series. British TV changed a lot over the nineties; some for the better and some for the worse. Networks like Channel Four did a great job in modernizing television content for the viewer.

    I still enjoy Some Mother’s Do Ave Em whenever I do see it. Possibly the most insane physical comedy I’ve ever seen on a TV show.

  36. I think we’d see more of those shows if the CRTC hasn’t imposed a rather ridiculous Can-Con requirement on BBC Canada. It’s supposed to be a channel for British programming but every time I turn it on, there’s Mike Holmes bitching about lousy contractors in Toronto. I don’t necessarily have a problem with the concept of Can-con, but it’s obviously not working as it is implemented now.

    I watch a lot of British, Australian and New Zealand TV, some of which I bit-torrent, buy on DVD or watch on Superchannel. When I find interesting is that the overall quality of programming coming out of Australia and New Zealand far better than what you see from Canada. My impression is that people from all sides of the political spectrum recognize that they are small countries and the government funds programming there to a much much more significant degree than in Canada.

    Meanwhile ours is trying to convince us that arts and culture don’t matter while starving the CBC.

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