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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Fiscal conservatives hate the Conservative deficit budget

In surprising news, Peter Coleman of the National Citizens Coalition is actually standing up for fiscal conservatism, rather than just plumping for the Conservative Party, as has been the habit of the NCC since Gerry Nicholls left that organization. In unsurprising news, Kevin Gaudet of the principled and consistent Canadian Taxpayers Federation continues to man the barricades and oppose the massive pro-deficit, pro-big government, anti-fiscal conservative budget.

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Posted by P.M. Jaworski on January 31, 2009 in Economic freedom | Permalink


Its nice to see it being discussed in the public theater. But they're only touching on what we already know...that deficit spending is a ridiculous notion.

Posted by: JC | 2009-01-31 5:56:41 PM

What's the alternative to deficit spending? I don't see anybody putting that forward.

Posted by: Tim Trudeau | 2009-02-04 1:00:04 AM

Tim: Did you miss the post about the Do-Nothing Crowd? We've repeatedly said "do nothing" (or, cut taxes and government budgets and offices).

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-02-04 6:33:50 AM

And you won't, Tim, because nobody has one. It is much easier to sit on the bleachers and hurl catcalls than it is to step up to the plate with solutions. Far more concerning to me is the threat of trade war, although Obama appears to be retreating on that front, as well he should. Any student of the Great Depression knows that tariffs are absolutely the last thing you want in a worldwide recession.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-04 6:54:56 AM

That's not much of a plan, P.M. Your solution to depression is to do nothing. Your solution to drug addiction is to do nothing. How do you account for the fact that there has never been a depression as long or as severe as the Great Depression since the government began to help manage the economy?

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-04 7:27:13 AM

Getting the government out of the way is a solution, Shane. It's just not a solution you agree with.

The social problem with marijuana is caused by the war on marijuana.

The current economic problem is caused by government involvement in the economy.

The magic bullet, in both cases, is smaller, leaner, less intrusive government. "Do nothing" is just a catchy slogan. What is meant, however, is that the government should *do less*. The government should butt out of our lives more.

While you may disagree, in no way do those things not count as potential solutions.

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-02-04 7:52:45 AM

I agree that the government is overly intrusive in some things, P.M., certainly in the field of child-rearing. However, I note you left unanswered my point that no depression has ever been as long or as severe as the Great Depression since the government started helping mange the economy. Examining this is key to determining which solutions work and which don't.

If there is, in fact, another reason not related to government interference that explains this success, then you have passed up a perfect opportunity to make your case. So not only do we have to take your "less is more" assertion as a complete matter of faith, without proof, but apparently even in the face of contrary evidence.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-04 8:56:31 AM

Be patient, Shane. I've already posted several blog posts and articles about this topic, and more will come. Stay tuned.

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-02-04 9:03:21 AM

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