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Lorrie Goldstein: I Agree With Hespeler!

January 27th, 2009

There is a long time feature in this blog called “the media following my lead.” It takes inordinate credit when I write something one day, someone else, who gets paid to do these things, writes something suspiciously similar a day or two later. I condescendingly suggest these writers have been reading At Home in Hespeler.

Yesterday something interesting happened: Lorrie Goldstein read my mind instead of my blog.

Around noon I sat and wrote the following:

…it is based on the flawed theory that government can, as we Ontario conservatives laughed when Bob Rae did it, spend itself rich. The Bob Rae analogy, by the way, isn’t superfluous: stimulus of the kind we are dealing with here is exactly what Bob Rae did, and we mocked. We mocked because he was wrong and because it failed miserably.

So what happens? I get to work, open the Toronto Sun, and there’s Lorrie Goldstein with the lead editorial, This budget a scandal in the making:

does anyone remember what happened to the last politician who tried to spend his way out of a recession?

That would be the guy who would probably be Liberal leader today — Grit MP Bob Rae — were it not for his disastrous 1991 budget when he was the NDP premier of Ontario. And Harper is about to make Rae look like a skinflint when it comes to deficits.

Goldstein takes it to a different place than I do. I suggest Conservatives be leery, this could be there ticket to a long stay in political purgatory. Goldstein is worried about inevitable scandal when money is thrown around without proper oversight.

Different conclusions, but close enough that if he wrote it today I would be suggesting I know what blog Lorrie Goldstein reads.


  1. sor
    January 27th, 2009 at 12:39 | #1

    Greetings. He doesn’t read blogs but he does take the time to answer emails directly.

    I have been corresponding with him for a few years and he does definitely listen to suggestions and is always appreciative of information offered. He is a great journalist. Cheers.

  2. Brian
    January 27th, 2009 at 13:56 | #2

    Why not just give every taxpayer (estimated at 22 million) a $3000 tax-free cheque … it would amount to about the same and would sure generate spending !!!

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