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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Dionomics is like magic
Time for another Liberal ad;
I love the implicit assumption that government creates jobs. As if any government could wave a magic wand and declare the 'green' industry to be a success. Really what Dion is proposing here is another collection of corporations that can only survive with government help (if they could survive on their own they would already exist). Way to stick it to the little man and help big business there Dion. I also like the implied threat against one of Canada's most profitable industry. That's Dionomics, destroy the profitable industries that already exist and use them to create new industries with tax dollars.
Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on September 28, 2008 | Permalink
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"I love the implicit assumption that government creates jobs."
Dude, ALL political parties crow about job creation and blame the party in power for job losses. ALL of them. Ain't nothing new here.
But what surprises me about your post most is you did not comment on the ingenious use of flags in the ad. They show the flags of the UK, Germany, and the US along with headlines and voiceover saying that all these countries are creating green jobs, so we should too. But they put the American flag last, and so the dissolve to the picture of Harper gives us the brief image of him with the US flag as background, subtlely suggesting the supposedly evil Harper-Bush connection. Somehow this ad manages to make BOTH a positive reference to what the US is doing AND to suggest a negative about Harper by associating him with the US at the same time! That's quite a trick!
Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-09-28 9:05:50 PM
I hate it when the other parties do it too.
I didn't interpret the flag thing that way. I guess you could if you wanted to but I think it may be a bit of a stretch. I don't believe the American flag is an automatically bad symbol in the minds of Canadians.
Posted by: Hugh MacIntyre | 2008-09-28 9:10:50 PM
LOL!!! I just noticed another thing about the visuals for the ad. At the beginning they show a spinning planet earth. It's spinning the wrong direction. YIKES!!!
It was bad enough when, many years ago ABC's "World News Tonight" did the same thing in their opening graphics, but the world turning in the wrong direction is more than just an unfortunate subtext for this ad's message.... It's HILARIOUS!!!
Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-09-28 9:14:24 PM
I think they did so to demonstrate the contrast. If even the "evil" Bush administration is committed to "green jobs" then it has to be a good idea. Hence, Harper is made out to be even more anti-green.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-09-28 9:15:59 PM
FC: I'm not much good at spacial-rotational skills any more, but couldn't this be a shot of the Earth with Antarctica at the top (in January, when the sun is down there)? In that case, wouldn't it be rotating correctly? (The resolution is too poor to see actual continents.)
Posted by: Grant Brown | 2008-09-28 10:27:41 PM
Personally I enjoy the Conservative rant that Liberals are going to cost the west their green plans.
Problem is that Harper and his conservative MP's continue to Rape the west in their broken promise to not include resource revenues in equalization calculations. If you take Sask alone it amounts to 3/4 of billion dollars per year that could be used on education, health care, etc that is being siphoned off to the federal government. Seems last round was transferred to Quebec for a tax break so that Harper could gain some good will in that region.
The sad part of this is that the hicks in Saskatchewan are too stupid to realize and will continue to blindly support the conservatives.
Oh well guess that is why we have red necks...
Posted by: Ted Bear | 2008-09-29 12:36:37 AM
"it amounts to 3/4 of billion dollars per year that could be used on education, health care, etc"
no.... Government "education" is not education, and government "healthcare" has problems of its own. The last thing you want to do is feed the beast of government education, another sacred cow for statists and big government
Posted by: Tristan | 2008-10-02 6:50:42 PM
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