Reality check


Conservative MP John Cummins bravely states the obvious.

“When you’re dealing with budget items, let’s face it—budgets are political documents,” Cummins told the Straight. “They’re crafted to meet the approval of the public. They’re crafted to help the governing party win reelection. That’s the political reality.”

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  1. Ah, the politician’s creed: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we slander those who trespass against us.”

    • Why the name change, Jack? “Vates” in an interesting choice, but I admit I had to google the word to figure out what you meant.

      • Like Iorwerth Morgannwg, Jack will hold a Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain — this time in Welland. Time “vates” for no man.

  2. They’re not just for winning approval of the public. In this case they’re for winning the approval of the opposition. No conservative could agree to deficit spending of this size and scope.

    • Ergo . . .

    • If I understand this correctly, you’re blaming the opposition for the deficit. Is that correct?

      Why, because deficit spending violates “conservative” “values”? (Reagan, GHWB, GWB, Mulroney, Harris, etc)

      Let’s bear in mind that $13B of this deficit was created by the CPoC all on their lonesome, and will exist even in the absence of stimulus spending. Also, the whole developed world is engaging in stimulus spending, mostly proportionately greater than Canada.

      Really, this deficit was forced on Harper by the mean ol’ opposition? Come on.

    • Raphael

      I agree that no conservative would agree to this but the Cons seem all too happy to run up deficits. In the Sun interview that Aaron links to for his Afghan 2011 post, Harper says the Cons would be proposing this budget even if they had a majority government.

      I don’t understand what Cons are thinking here, or in America. They cut taxes but not spending. In fact, they increase spending while cutting taxes. That’s not good economic sense. Either cut spending, along with taxes, or leave both alone as far as I am concerned.

      • I admire your consistency jwl.

        Perosnally, I wouldn’t agree with cutting spending or cutting taxes because I believe the social infrastrucuture is more important for the economy than a lot of consumerism prompted by rebate-style tax reductions, but If tax redcutions are the goal, then it’s insane to also increase spending.

        On my side of the sprectrum I wish that more people who highly value social spending would remember a little CCF parsimony and worry more about how big a threat that debt can be to the sustainaiblity of those social programs.

        • “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” Micawber, David Copperfield

          I don’t know my CCF financial history but had a quick look and it says Douglas had budget in black every year he was premier. Good for him, to understand why debt is bad.

          It is economic sense that everyone can understand when it comes to themselves or household but for some reason people think it doesn’t apply to governments. It is like the government operates in parallel universe where running up massive debts, and paying interest on that debt, is good economic sense and will have no ramifications down the road.

          I have given up on my dreams of having Feds reduce spending substantially, I now just wish they would balance budgets, and they can’t even manage that.

  3. There is something really wrong with this pre-release of Canada’s fiscal budget. It is unheard of.
    People and markets around the world, some friendly and some not so, are waiting to hear where Canada stands financially and the direction Canada intends to go under the current Government.
    Releasing bits and pieces of Canada’s blueprint willy-nilly is a very disquieting move on the part of Canada’s government.
    If this is political as Cummins asserts, then it is the worst sort of sedition committed on Canadian soil.

    I hope the emesem makes like a worthy estate and follows this up.

    • Unheard of? Unofficial pre-budget leaks have been a Canadian tradition for at least three decades. Paul Martin did this to great effect in the 1990’s, for example.