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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Southern Avenger: Crisis-Mongering

Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty writes in the Financial Post that now is "A time to act" and pass Stephen Harper's budget. As I read his argument, I couldn't help but think "A time to act like what? Liberals?"

While proper due diligence by parliamentarians is appropriate, delay and obstructionism are not. While they may serve the partisan purposes of some in the opposition, delay will do nothing to help those who are looking for help today. We do not have the luxury of time for abstract academic discussions on this bill, nor do the Canadians who have lost their jobs. To those who wish to engage in lengthy debates, we ask them to remember that we conducted the most comprehensive pre-budget consultation in history, open to all Canadians. We asked for input then; that time has passed. Now is the time for Parliament to act.

You may notice the strong similarity of this argument to Barack Obama's recent rhetoric about the urgency of passing his stimulus bill, and his own denunciations of partisan obstructionism.

In my last post, I quoted Andrew Bacevich saying that crisis, urgency, and fear are always the friend of big-government and new incursions against the rights of individuals: "Only through war and quasi-war of recurrent crisis and confrontation," he says "can the [State's interests] express themselves fully."

American paleoconservative Jack Hunter (aka The Southern Avenger), strikes as similar tone. Looking at Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq and Obama's passage of the stimulus bill, our Dixie friend encourages skepticism whenever politicians, like Flaherty, take advantage of fear and uncertainty to shut down debate and rush through government action:

Posted by Kalim Kassam on February 24, 2009 | Permalink


Jack Hunter nailed it on the head with this one.

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-02-24 7:50:01 PM

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