Blue Label Big Spending Liberal Budget
There really isn’t a fiscally conservative party in Canada. Harper has spent nearly every extra cent he has on tax cuts and new spending. I’m starting to wonder if the two main parties we have to choose from are as different as a Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz. Pretty much the exact same car from different dealers. Perhaps some of the trim or the styling is a bit different. I can understand why someone would like one over the other based on a few issues.
I don’t understand the fear, loathing and hatred Cons have the Libs and vice versa. Any left-wing characterization of this budget as heartless is completely disengenous. Any Conservative that thinks that somehow this blue label big spending budget is somehow different from any Liberal budget is fooling themselves. I’d say there have been some Liberal budgets that are much fiscally prudent than this one. Liberals actually cut income taxes!
People will say Harper is just playing nice because he is in a minority situation. Is that any reason to come up with a budget that increased spending 25 billion dollars?! Has Harper been drinking orange cool aid from across the aisle?
I thought Jack Layton made an utter fool of himself. He said this budget did nothing for working families. May I refer him to the huge tax break I’m going to get for each of the 3 kids in my house?
Do I like this budget? It is great for me but not that great for the country. The fiscally conservative part of me really liked the Liberal practice of underestimating revenue and putting the "unexpected" surplus against the debt. I don’t see Harper giving us as much of a buffer. I see this kind of big government spending coupled with tax breaks and I think Brian Mulroney.
As much as I benefit from the big tax break I would have rather seen something applied equally across the board. This type of tax exemption is clearly intended to buy votes from a very specific demographic. Harper has a way of coming up with very politically strategic policy rather than what is truly best. The GST cut is a fine example.
Harper broke a couple more promises. One to Saskatchewan and another on a capital gains tax exemption. I think Harper’s promise to Saskatchewan was stupid. The federal government should give all provinces the same deal. The funny thing is I’m still going to hear die hard Cons talk about the broken GST promise.
At the end of the day Quebec gets a few zillion dollars to fix the so called "fiscal imbalance". Then Charest promises to drop income taxes a few zillion dollars.
It is pretty clear Harper is trying to buy my vote. I’ll take the cash but he isn’t getting my vote.