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Friday, May 05, 2006
I love you, Monte SolbergI've met Monte a few times. Shared a few laughs. Gave him a quilt (long story). But now, I love the guy. Love love love him. Here's why:
His [Jack Layton's] comments followed an Ottawa visit by Cindy Sheehan, who has become an outspoken anti-war campaigner after the death of her son Casey in Iraq. She used a Parliament Hill news conference yesterday to urge Canada to offer sanctuary to U.S. deserters.
When Casey expressed his misgivings about fighting in Iraq before his deployment, Sheehan offered to drive him to Canada. He was in Iraq five days before being killed in April 2004.
Responding to Sheehan's pitch yesterday, Immigration Minister Monte Solberg told reporters: "If Mrs. Sheehan has a bone to pick with the U.S. administration about the war in Iraq she should take that to Washington. It'll be Canadians who decide Canadian immigration policy."
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Sorry for taking a day off.
Anyway, your heroes have had 13 years of chance.
What I like about PM Harper's MO is that for every action, there's a bigger reason behind it ... if only a person not in the room when the decision is made had a set of principles that backs thelr actions.
For example, the much-criticized $500 to parents who register their kids in sports programs. The critics cannot see past the word sports ... how come no money for the arts, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah.
In fact it's a brilliant kill two birds with one stone tactic. Ask yourself: what do artsy fartsy types contribute to the health of the country?
Key word being health. Any kids involved in sports will genereally be healthier than those who mull about how poor Yorick must have been.
Fast forward 60 years and the healthy kids will be healthy seniors who do not drain our beloved medical insurance plan.
Example No. 2: Daycare.
The LIbs plan involved transfer of money from the feds to the provinces ... handing off theived money to another set of thieves.
The best thing about giving parents 100 bucks a month per child is that parents will replace the high-priced doogooders who tend to gravitate to money ... parasitically living on our money, by the way.
I'm sure an intelligent cost analysis would determine the cost of a child-care bureaucracy would be more than a 100 bucks a month per child under six.
It also delivers the responsibility back where it belongs, with the parents, not the state.
3) The GST cut. It's better to cut income taxes, howl the critics.
I say, who gives a flyin' f*** is we only save 30 bucks a year. That's 30 buck less to a parasite. I say, starve 'em!
What this has to do with Monte Solberg, I'm not sure.
But, I tell ya, it sure feels good.
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-05-08 9:18:47 AM
The problem with the modest GST cut is that it costs so much money that it is now unlikely we will see real tax relief for a long time. A better fiscal policy would be to raise the GST to 10 or 12 percent and cut income taxes across the board in such a way as to be revenue neutral.
Combime that with an agressive debt-repayment policy (it will be eliminated it in 15 years if we keep paying the same percentage of GDP) and watch how fast our economy would become the strongest in the world.
Posted by: WinnipegLibertarian | 2006-05-08 11:48:59 AM
I'll agree on one point ... we won't have tax relief for a long time.
I figure about as long as this minority government is in power, it will move cautiously and craftily.
No sense getting too cocky and losing it all.
Best to patiently show just the supreficial, while imposing the hidden agenda of trusting people to make their own decisions.
It's working so far. Michael Enright had William Watson and a scheeching banshee whose name doesn't matter on CBC radio's Sunday morning.
Incredible how frightened the ‘keep our taxes high because it's the Canadian way' are becoming. And, the budget was just passed.
It should be much more fun tracking the desperation in the next little while.
Listen for key words and phrases. It's quite amusing, actually, listening to these people justify themselves.
Just today, I was in a close-to-downtown Chinese restaraunt for lunch in Edmonton – close to the federal building.
One guy apologized for being late ... he meeting on aboriginal issues had gone a bit long.
As we were leaving the restaraunt, a native wearing a light jacket and hoodie was walking down the street.
I wondered to myself: “How much of a difference did all that talk make in this man's life?''
This is the difference to watch for: Process vs results.
I'm predicting this will be an end of The Age of Process.
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-05-08 2:33:08 PM
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