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Saturday, September 12, 2009

King "Deficit" Kong

Remember how we all cringed back in December when the Stephane Dion-led Socialist-Separatist Coalition talked about racking up an insane $30 billion deficit?

Fortunately, of course, the Conservatives managed to maintain their grip on power, meaning the deficit ended up being a more manageable $20 billion ... oops no it was actually $30 billion ... sorry make that $50 billion ....wait, the figure is really $56 billion ...at last count.

And here is more good news.

Canada's Finance Minister, Jim "The Drunken Sailor" Flaherty, has promised to balance the budget "roughly around the time Mankind starts to colonize Mars."

How will the budget get balanced?

Well, both the Liberals and Conservatives agree the deficit will just "magically disappear somehow."

Me I don't believe it.

I think the deficit will keep getting bigger and bigger and stronger and stronger, until one day it will break free of its chains and escape.

Then, after a murderous rampage through city streets, the deficit will climb atop the CN Tower, where it will be shot down by fighter planes.

Hey, if politicians can fantasize about how they will kill the deficit, why can't I?

Posted by Gerry Nicholls on September 12, 2009 | Permalink

Comments

No way Gerry, your scenario sounds more realistic than anything any of the politicians dream up.

Posted by: Doug Gilchrist | 2009-09-12 12:42:39 PM


Funny-scary. I guess it would be the Kong deficit against the Gozilla debt in the sequel?

Posted by: Leigh Patrick Sullivan | 2009-09-12 1:18:55 PM


Jim Flaherty, like every other MP on the Harper goonsquad is completely, utterly incompetant. I bet we are more like 100 billion in defecit. They just keep lying. Time to give them a time-out so that we can see what shape our finances are REALLY in.

Posted by: DrGreenthumb | 2009-09-12 10:00:34 PM


Very Good Coverage. It seems, as always, Jim Flaherty [ aka O'Flairity (flair for disasters) ] having said, "mine is a lot bigger than yours," has dedicated himself to proving it. In the realm of 'guesses,' Jim provides only two types;

1. The minimalist W.A.G. [ a thumbnail ]

2. The finessed S.W.A.G. [ more than a thumbnail, with a prominent second finder raised in salute ]

It's interesting how the government members always appear jovial when they're talking about their Economic Action Plan. A friend of mine ... a psychologist ... describes the content as pathological.

Posted by: ken colombo | 2009-09-13 2:40:30 AM


Sadly Gerry, you're prediction is quite a bit more real than that of the Flaherty Circus.
Doesn't such incompetence make you wonder if it isn't all very deliberate?
A good many intelligent and observant people I know of are finalizing their "Plan B" in the belief that the deficit will indeed cause a murderous rampage through the streets...

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-09-13 6:51:44 AM


I always find it funny when people argue about how their politician is better than your politician. Does anyone think that the deficit would be smaller if the NDP were in charge? Does anyone remember the liberal whining at the start of this down turn that they were not spending enough? The only thing that can really be said is that the conservatives did not stick to conservative fiscal values.

They way things work politicians don't care how much they spend. Its not their money. They only care about getting elected in 4 years or in 1 year as the case seems to be nowadays.

Please don't tell me that if another party was in charge it would be any different. The only thing that would be different is that it would be the conservatives whining that the government spent to much money and they would do better.

Posted by: Bret | 2009-09-13 11:06:55 AM


You are absolutely right, Bret, and that is the really sad thing in my opinion (that the Conservatives do not act as conservatives).

Posted by: Alain | 2009-09-13 8:25:43 PM


The Federal public servants at Transport Canada are routinely filing millions of dollars in expenses – including overtime, salaries and computers – toward a construction project that doesn't exist. The Mackenzie Valley pipeline remains a mega-project that is perpetually on the horizon –The project seemed closer at hand when a fund was set up at Transport Canada six years ago so that the department could oversee the expected increase in air traffic and other transportation needs. Though the pipeline remains in limbo, the department has kept the fund alive year after year, using it to cover millions in expenses that have nothing to do with the pipeline. Documents released through access-to-information requests list the expenses, which total $10.7-million since 2004. Expenses continued to be billed to the pipeline project this year. " So, when you consider that Chuck Guite (Sr. Public servant) and Paul Coffin (ad exec) started running their fake ad invoice scam during the Mulroney administration, it appears that the Liberals inherited AdScam from the Conservatives, does it not? " "This is why our taxes are so high. Take this and the Gold that vanished at the Mint and the tab is through the roof. Anyone want to bet the Mint millions gets swept under the carpet?" " Too much time spent electioneering and not enough time spent runnin' things. " http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/transport-canada-fictitiously-expensing-millions/article1286306/

There's something deeply ironic about all of this, and previous federal governments; they never grasp that it is cities that drive the economy because they know they steal a lot of the money too.. No such thing as a little bit pregnant, what other wrongs are the civil and public servants doing and falsely covering up now?

Is this how the rest of the federal economic stimulation $50 billion money will be now abused as well? Right under the federal Conservative Minister's noses now as well?

The Federal Transfer payments make up a very large part of federal expenditures. The fderal government is a tax collector, money expediter and an useless money administrator too, while the federal government's own regular operating expenses for fiscal 2009-2010 will be only about a quarter of its total spending all the taxpayer's money expenditures still needs to be supervised, yes held accountiable for now as well.

Flaherty had said the government would clean up its books by restraining the growth in federal program spending over several years. That spending, now $241 billion a year, has been growing on average at a rapid 7 per cent annual rate since Harper took office. We can see why too.. the liars also all keep on allowing the taxpayer's money to be stolen..

The Conservative fderal Government expenditures since Harper came into office, his government expenditures have ballooned by over 30 per cent. They rather had increased spending by three times the rate of inflation in the three budgets before the recession hit, and now spend $40 billion more annually than the last Liberal government. Consultants. Harper government spent nearly a billion dollars on consultants in its first two years in office: a 42-per-cent increase over the amount the previous Liberal government spent between 2004 and 2006 on consultants (Toronto Star, December 8, 2008). Ministerial expenses. Despite promising to tighten their belts, a Toronto Star analysis found that Conservative ministers are spending more than Liberals ever did in government (The Toronto Star, November 22, 2008), while Harper’s expansion of the federal cabinet last fall will cost taxpayers an additional $3.9 million in salaries alone for the extra ministers and their staff. Polling. In 2007, the Harper government commissioned more than two polls per business day which totalled $31 million in the government’s first year of government. Prime Minister’s Office. Last week it was revealed that spending in Prime Minister Harper’s own office soared by 14 per cent in a single year – the tune of a whopping $20 million. (Canwest News Service, September 4, 2009). http://www.liberal.ca/en/newsroom/media-releases/16292_when-pigs-fly-more-huffing-and-puffing-from-harpers-55-billion-man

Where is PM Stephen Harper's promised restraint, accountability now as well?

The sad unacceptable fact is that this type of abusive practice is not an isolated case, but rather repeats itself often, Canada wide at the federal, provincial, municipal levels undeniably too.. Money allotted is not used where it was originally supposed to be but often is transferred to some other department, account.. and how is it the auditor generals did not pick it up for 10 years too? or refuse too?

Any Abuse of any taxpayers finds should be a criminal offence fully prosecutable by law, and should mean the immediate dismissal of all involved too, after all it is stealing the taxpayer's money. Police, judges, supervisors don't tend to enforce it cause they do the same thing? All Unacceptable still

Quebec says it is intensifying police efforts to tackle corruption and financial fraud in the province amid a growing public furor over white-collar crime. The Charest government says a squad of about 20 provincial police investigators will be assigned to probe potential corruption - including the infiltration of organized crime - in the construction industry and municipal affairs. It will also bolster its police presence to track fraud with Quebec's securities regulator, the Autorité des marchés financiers. Meanwhile, with Montrealers going to the polls this fall, city hall is under a cloud for allegations of fraud, kickbacks and the inappropriate awarding of contracts. Multiple police investigations have been launched. Last week, a senior civil servant and a computer consultant were charged with defrauding the city of millions in a bogus billing scheme in the city's computer division. While Quebec rejigs its police manpower, some have called for a public commission into the province's construction industry and possible ties to organized crime. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebec-cracks-down-or-corruption-white-collar-crime/article1286432/

Posted by: Stopo thief | 2009-09-14 2:41:28 AM


Deficits don't matter, Gerry. Promises don't matter.

Haven't you been paying attention?

The only thing that matters is Harper's heroic, epic battle for Truth, Justice and the Amer- I mean, Canadian Way! against the evil S.P.E.C.T.R.E. - the Separatist Progressive Egalitarian Coalition of Traitors, Revolutionaries and Evolutionists!!!

He's Harper, Stephen Harper, 007*, here to save the day, with a license to kill the economy.

Posted by: bluetooth car kit | 2009-09-14 7:09:28 AM


He's Harper, Stephen Harper, 007*, here to save the day, with a license to kill the economy.
Posted by: bluetooth car kit | 2009-09-14 7:09:28 AM

Too Funny...and too accurate.

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-09-14 12:32:45 PM



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