Oh sure, I guess that I could have posted some of the vituperative new Harper Party attack ads that were rolled out online yesterday morning along with some critical commentary without too much effort, but fortunately, I was far too busy with other “real world” things to bother. Besides, my initial reaction upon viewing them was one of “déjà vu all over again”… I seriously wondered if the dismal tropes in their formulaic adverts had simply been recycled from several years ago and slightly re-packaged for the benefit of those with head injuries or short-term memory problems.
So, rather than dwell on the dull malice of the latest corrosive CPC nonsense; instead, here’s a digital short from SNL because… well, for no reason actually, other than it’s amusing.
Would it possible do you think for the Conservatives to get some NEW material or at least a fresh set of ideas that may actually be worthy of comment? Same goes for the other parties too! Until then, it seems we’re stuck with a feeble political discourse that amounts to little more than Pee Wee’s infamous “I know you are, but what am I?”
As pointed out by Canadian Cynic, there’s absolutely no “there there” in terms of a “bombshell” supposed in the “news” breathlessly reported by the Conservative Party’s online shillmeister Stephen Taylor that Ignatieff recently told CityNews “business/money/political specialist” Richard Madan that “If we are in a deep deficit in year 3 or 4 you can’t exclude [GST] tax increases to get us out.” Well duh! No kidding…
Given that every economist worth their salt has expressed nothing but withering scorn for Harper’s politically motivated GST cut in the first place, it’s hardly out of the question that dire economic circumstances at some point in the future might dictate reversing the 2% GST cut. The stimulating effect of the cut has been negligible to economy by any measure and has only served to erode the government’s revenue base. The general consensus concerning this issue has always been that cuts to corporate and personal income taxes are a far more effective means of providing stimulus to the economy.
While Taylor’s shocking “news” is in actuality nothing but a damp squib, the comments to that post are a veritable treasure trove of delusional thinking by rabid Conservative partisans. I’ll refrain from “nut-picking” (as tempting as it is), but you really should check them out just for laughs.
Update: I’m obviously quite late to the game here. It seems Werner Patels already pooped on Mr. Taylor’s party yesterday, dismantling his wrongheaded conceit with regards to the GST in a rather convincing fashion.
Update2: Oh, lookee here. Behold Stephen Taylor’s hackitude. Turns out that his “bombshell” was just pimping for the latest feeble line of attack from the Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda.