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Blue Budget Gives me the Budget Blues

March 20th, 2007

John Williamson of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has done a fair bit of complaining in the past six months about Stephen Harper and Jim Flaherty’s spending habits. I must confess, I kind of cringed when he did, thought to myself careful what you say John, it could be much worse.

I was wrong, it couldn’t be any worse. Harper and Flaherty have pulled themselves out of the conservative movement, spending at a level than can only be called scandalously profligate. Meanwhile tax relief is just enough to appear to be keeping their promises, actual and implied. Canadian conservatism has been dealt a severe blow with this budget; ask yourself this. If Flaherty and Harper don’t understand that a surplus is excess taxation, and should be treated with the respect that is due pother peoples money, who in this country will?

Where to start? How about day care. After fighting an election on the simple premise that parents know best, the Conservatives (note the capital C) have decided to give a whack of daycare money to Daddy Dalton and the other Pater Premiers to build public daycare spaces.

Tax break for fuel efficient vehicles? At least we can be thankful it’s not a carbon tax, which seems to be the only policy that separates the Conservatives from everybody else anymore (but give it a year). But isn’t a subsidy for efficient cars just a reverse carbon tax. And how many people will enter the car buying market now that the low end cars are $2,000 cheaper. Harper’s an economist, he gets this idea, if you give people money to buy something, people who otherwise would not have bought will enter the market. How do we know this isn’t adding to the total carbon emissions it was meant to reduce? In fact, it probably will.

Then there’s the tax on larger vehicles. While not purely a carbon tax, the next worse thing. Question: who gets to decide which vehicle qualifies for this tax? Last week employees at Chrysler’s Brampton plant decided to take a minor pay cut to save their jobs: what does this measure do to those jobs? Will the Charger and 300C be included under this tax?

$2000 dollars/child tax credit. Nice, I used this years tax refund to buy the kids new bikes, it’s like they are paying me back. I would rather they never took the money in the first place though. Stop with the targeted tax cuts, and just cut our damn taxes. Is it so hard?

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, but I’m not laughing all the way to the election this morning. In fact I’m left wondering: who the hell is a fiscal conservative supposed to vote for now?

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  1. Ron
    March 20th, 2007 at 10:05 | #1

    What this whole budget represents is this:
    Could the Conservatives get a majority government six weeks from right now?
    If they thought they could we would not have seen this socially huggable budget. It would have been one of those nasty, typical, “are there no work houses?” type of Conservative budget.
    Someone in the brain trust thinks that the numbers aren’t there yet. So we get a fuzzy pink budget for now and a minority gov’t for another year.

  2. Richard
    March 20th, 2007 at 11:01 | #2

    Who the hell is a fiscal conservative supposed to vote for?

    There’s no one left…

  3. Ron
    March 20th, 2007 at 11:11 | #3

    They did what they had to do to make certain people happy.
    I don’t beleive that they have suddenly abandoned their fiscal roots.
    Hang in there until the majority happens. Those roots will start to surface again…

  4. Brian
    March 20th, 2007 at 11:35 | #4

    Sorry Ron, I agree with Richard. These guys have always, ALWAYS played the “It’s not the governments money, it’s the peoples money, and the people know best how to spend it” thing. Now they have completely and utterly abandoned that thinking.

    This wasn’t a few concessions to others, this was a complete abdication of their previous beliefs.

    You know how people say money wouldn’t change me. Then when somebody gets money, real money, a pile of the stuff, they completely change. Suddenly they’re acting like Britney Spears. That’s what these guys are like, they got their hands on the money – OUR MONEY – and now they don’t want to let it go.

    And if you are right, well they have a lot of provin’ to do as far as I’m concerned.

  5. Gerry Nicholls
    March 20th, 2007 at 21:43 | #5

    Here’s the problem:Once a government starts spending like this; it’s a hard habit to break.

  6. Jerry Prager
    March 21st, 2007 at 00:31 | #6

    Canada is not a conservative nation, at best, for your side, it’s what MacDonald made the country with, a Liberal Conservative coalition.
    In some ways that’s why I regard myself as an Independent Communitarian.
    Conservatives are always saying that a government should be run like a business, what business ? I propose a tax credit union, politicians are elected board members, bureaucrats are staff, and taxes are our deposits.
    From my perspective conservatives have invested too much in corporate free market ideology, and refused to see that corporations limit entreprenuership as much as governments do. And as an added bonus, get rid of corporations and you can get rid of unions. Free Enterprise Now ! I say. With a tax credit union government, you end up with organized consumers, and once consumers organize they will realize that the way to control the means of production is with their combined buying power, once they understand how to use their combined buying power, the state can be streamlined into staff and board members, the membership will make decisions cooperatively, and great gobs of money, now tied up in government and corporations and unions will be freed up for use as equity by individuals in the commonwealth.
    Or something like that. Get some new ideas guys. This us versus them thing isn’t working. I knew as soon as Harper made his slime ball appointments the first week in office that this kind of budget was inevitable. Surely you did too ?

  7. Ron
    March 21st, 2007 at 09:05 | #7

    Lets go back to my original question – Do you think the Cons could win a majority?
    I don’t think so and I beleive this budget was meant to buy time and votes.
    Does Gerry beleive that Stephen Harper has abandonded his fiscal beliefs? Were we all so blind as to what he stood for?
    Could this be the real “hidden agenda”??
    I don’t think he has played his hand. This has got to be a bluff.

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