Friday, May 20, 2005

A Question for Conservatives and their supporters

Now that it's passed second reading and has gone to committee, I would like to ask, seriously, Conservatives and their supporters to tell me what is wrong with the "NDP Budget?"

Does it plunge us into deficit? No.

Does it raise taxes? No.

Does it help a large number of Canadians? Yes.

The $4.6 billion is being spent on things that ordinary Canadians want - the environment, affordable housing, a reduction in post-secondary education costs, protection of wages in the event of a company bankruptcy and foreign aid to help the poor around the world - rather than giving it to large corporations in the form of tax breaks. The same corporations that haven't done anything productive with the tax cuts they've received over the last 10 years, yet still made record profits.

This budget is still balanced, the debt is still being paid down.

So I ask, what is the problem?

Update:

Well, aparrently we are positively economic geniusess compared to the paragon of Neo-Conservative ideology just to the south of us.

"Bank of Canada governor David Dodge offered a bankerly rebuke to the United States on Monday for its borrow-and-spendthrift ways, which he suggested are a threat to world economic stability"


Now are you sure we want to be like them?

7 Comments:

At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Princess Monkey said...

What's the problem? I'll tell you what's the problem! As a "right" leaning Canadian I can spot a libruhl conspiracy when I see one:

1. The "environment". There's no conclusive evidence to suggest there's anything wrong with the "environment". The only ones telling us we need to protect the environment are "scientists" and "researchers" and we all know they all subscribe to the libruhl agenda. It's all just a scheme to take more tax dollars away from me and turn my children gay.

2. "Affordable housing". This is just a hand out for all those lazy losers who won't get a job. If they'd stop drinking all day and just pull themselves up by the bootstraps, we'd all be better off. Another libruhl scheme to take money away from me and give it to criminals (clearly they're ciminals if they're poor), and persecute me as a christian.

3. "Reduction in PSE costs". I am sick and tired of students whining about the cost of education. They just want to go to school for free on the back of the workin MAN. If you don't have the money to go to college/university, clearly you aren't smart enough and don't belong there anyway. This is all a plan by the libruhls to steal the workin MAN's wages and give them to the students so the unions can take over the world.

4. "Protection of wages..." I ask you - what is WRONG with making a profit? Libruhls just want us all to switch to communism. They attack any business person who does well and try to take HIS money away and give it to HIS workers who are clearly less deserving. This is just a scheme to bankrupt all our companies, make them dependant on the state, and make me learn french.

5. "Foreign Aid". This is the worst of the libruhl agenda. Sending all this money to the "Africans". If they'd just accept god and stop hating freedom, they'd all be fine - and if they're not - it's god's will. Sending all my money over there is just part of the libruhl plan to support terrorism and corruption, and take away my guns -

*Wakes up screaming...*
Mike? Where am I? I was just having the worst dream. My mind had been taken over by wingnuts...

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Princess, you kill me...:-)

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger jeff said...

Mike, why do you want everyone to be equally poor? Are you a communist Mike? Do you wear mocassins and a poncho, Mike? *burp*

 
At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Princess Monkey said...

Seems AN is having the same nightmare...

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Princess, you see, this is the typical neo-con tactic. They can't even argue with what I have written. They can't come up with any rational arguement as to why this budget is "fiscally irresponsible" becasue it isn't.

Well they certainly can't admit that the NDP might have engineered spending on social programs that is also part of a balanced budget that still pays down the debt. If they did that their biggest "weapon" against us - that we're free-spending tax and grabbers - is gone.

So they resort the old "equally poor" straw man and the "communist" ad hominem attack.

Quite pitiful really. But jeff is trying ;)

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger Politicagrll said...

Isn't it interesting how people go after one particular phrase in the bible but not another when it suits them? And how one Bible is taken more seriously than other in Canada? (using Bible as a Holy Book of teachings to include Qu'ran, Jewish Bible, ANY Holy Book)

There are a zillion things you can't do in some way or another in many Bibles. But people get hungup on the gay sex thing, but not on though shalt observe Sabbath as a from a Judeo Christian comparisson.

Oh and the Judeo Christian bible never mentions sex between women so there should be no problem with making lesbian marriages legal if the concern is following the Bible. Just sex between men is mentioned in the Bible.

Mostly people don't take every word of the bible word for word because it's impossible to actually do everything as described. Sometimes it's not relevant and at other times a person can't easily follow all the rules a religion has. But most parts of Bibles nobody takes them word for word (ok well not no one---- but under Canadian law most of the punishments as talked about in the Bible can't be enforced.).

So why does a Judeo-Christian concept of marriage have to be forced on the country?

Jesus spends a lot more time speaking of adultery (including just looking at someone and being interested if they are married or you are) and from what i've read just about nothing about gays and lesbians. I'd like to hear what he did say if i've missed it...

How many of our parliamentarians have occaisionally looked and have committed adultery if you take Jesus's definition as the definition. And we have divorce, something Jesus said could only happen if there was adultery.

Is it only on bigotry that people will force the upholding of his sayings (if they say they are doing it for religious reasons)? And are all the people that are saying SSM should not be allowed following every single word and commandment in the Bible? If not they are being hypocrites in my opinion.

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger Politicagrll said...

Mike: Sorry i meant the above comment for May 24th blog. I'm going to move it there...erase this when you come across it. Sorry P

 

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