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Most predictable red herring move ever.

The Conservative government has got a lot of their conservative grassroots supporters riled up – even angry – at the fact they’ve more or less passed an imitation of a Keynesian budget. That’s on top of other disappointments, such as not bothering to do away with the Canadian Human Rights Commissions, so it shouldn’t be a shock to any observers to see items such as this in the news today, where Harper is hinting they’re going to pull out other Conservative red-meat issues, such as promising to review killing the long-gun registry.

This is an obvious effort to get their disillusioned followers back on the bandwagon, but it remains to be seen whether the Conservative grassroots recognizes the ploy for what it is and figures out they’re being played yet again.

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11 comments to Most predictable red herring move ever.

  • Bubba

    Hey Roll Tide – lets follow your logic through and cut taxes to zero percent.

    Theoretically, Revenue should then go to infinity, right?

    You’re nuts.

    Bubba

  • Roll Tide

    @Jason Townsend

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs&eurl=http://www.youtube.com/user/newtonbrook

    Democrates in their own words regarding
    Freddie and Fannie. It was all about protecting Franklin Raines, and the Community Reinvestment Act.
    Bush and McCain tried to reign them in, but were blocked by Dodd and Frank.

    Supply Side Economics always works.
    JFK even knew it, thats why he cut taxes.
    Reagan cut taxes, revenue went up!

  • Jason Townsend

    My, what a panoply of precedents. And from the Wall Street Journal? What, was Larry Kudlow on his lunch break?

    Supply-siders – like the CPC and WSJ – got the world into this mess. The only thing I take any comfort in these days is the prospect of your party returning to jet-ski harmlessness at last, hopefully without pulling down the building in the process.

  • Roll Tide

    “CPC will probably ensure, as per their previous track record, that only a billion or two is spent.

    It’s an imitation Keynesian budget.”

    I hope your right, for the sake of the economy. Japan in the 90’s over stimulated.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122938932478509075.html

  • Jason Townsend

    RT: No offense, but wouldn’t we Keynesians be better qualified to judge?

    In a deficit of 85 billion dollars there’s 12 billion in infrastructure spending over 2 years. Of the 6 billion dollars of infrastructure spending which might really bear on the problem when it needs to – ie, immediately – the CPC will probably ensure, as per their previous track record, that only a billion or two is spent.

    It’s an imitation Keynesian budget. Its only redeeming quality is that it’s unlikely to have done much damage (apart, obviously from failing to stimulate the economy) before a Liberal government comes to power.

  • Roll Tide

    “imitation of a Keynesian budget”

    I wish this were the case. While our “stimulis” is nearly not as bad as Obama, we could have spent less, political realities dictated a spending budget nontheless. The more Government tries to spend its our way out, the longer it will take for the economy to recover.

    Buy Gold, inflation will come.
    http://www.kitco.com/ind/Ruff/ruff_jan302009.html

  • Jason Townsend

    Mind you the CBC doco on the Cheeseman-Hennesy case made it seem quite a lot like their case was institutional-political theatre.

    I think it’d be a damned waste if the registry, after having had its ups and downs, was systematically taken apart and steps taken to ensure the data was all destroyed all out of some NRA-style ideological fit.

    Personally, I think that while Canada does already have a crazy gun lobby, they might not be quite so powerful as the NRA if the Liberals took care in future to make licensing/registration work in a way that avoided fuelling the arguments of the most intransigent gun-libertarians.

    Here I obviously don’t mean licensing and registration – which we expect of any potentially hazardous possessions, motor vehicles, reactive chemicals – but rather things like ostentatiously trying to shut down all gun ranges in Toronto. When I read that I just imagined the beatific smile the news must have put on the faces of Canada’s most hard line gun lobbyists. Perfect “proof” of the [insert latte related term of abuse] urbanites’ inveterate opposition to all guns and gun owners.

    That’s a self-inflicted shot in the foot, if you’ll pardon the pun, in Canada’s culture war, even outside the confines of gun owners as a slice of the electorate. Voters who are receptive to some degree, but happen to buy into the caricature of the LPC as the urban Ottawa nanny party.

    It goes without saying that you can only bend over so far to avoid criticisms which are fundamentally unfair, of course.

  • Gayle

    The Gun Registry provided a key piece of evidence that lead to the investigation of Hennesy and Cheeseman (the two guys convicted in the deaths of the 4 Mounties in Mayerthorpe).

    I would say the police chiefs will be speaking up in favour of the registry.

  • @David B. – ..except that most “law and order” folks have said all along the gun registry helps them out a lot.

  • Well that explains the 10-percenter I got from Cheryl Gallant pissing on about how the “coalition” wouldn’t kill the gun registry but the Cons will.
    Well they’ve only had 3 years to do it, and counting, but I expect they’re also afraid of upsetting that other big part of their base – the law and order folks who carry guns for a living.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re right, it would mean that the base is turning off the money flow. Maybe that’s the reason why he settled the Cadman lawsuit?

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