Harper's Name Games

Here's an article about the fact that Harper still hasn't announced how much money Canada will give to help fight AIDS in the developing world. Remember the AIDS conference a few months ago? The one which Harper chose not to attend because he was worried he might catch gay? And then when people criticized him, he got all huffy about it and announced he was going to make a very generous pledge to help fight AIDS but that he wouldn't announce it now because the situation was too 'politicized'? Well he still hasn't ponied up. Christ, I hope he does catch gay.

And here's another article about the Torie's much-vaunted "Made in Canada" Hot Air Pollution Plan. Well according to a team of environmental lawyers who studied a leaked copy of the 'plan' -- "Based on the draft reviewed, this bill is mainly housekeeping and minor adjustments in language. It shuffles air pollution and greenhouse gas provisions to a new section of CEPA."

This is how Harper works, he announces that his government is developing plans and programs that don't exist, and then repeats their names until everyone thinks they do exist.

Like all Neo-conservatives he is more concerned with running the media than with running the country.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

dammit, i don't know why this didn't show up in Google Reader or I would have read it much sooner.

Another good find, Matt ...er, Von Mustard.

1:27 a.m.  
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1:22 a.m.  
Blogger Bea said...

Hello Colonel and audience. I apologize for interrupting the Harper discussion but I just watched this (below) and it greatly unsettled me (read: scared the crap out of me). I don't know anything about constitutional law but I was hoping you all, esteemed critical thinkers could weigh in and find some errors in his premise. (Kobe, weigh in please)

It's 90 minutes long. Watch when you have time to digest.


1:29 a.m.  
Blogger Matthew Lie - Paehlke said...

well, i only got as far as the tax stuff, but it seems pretty clear to me that you have to pay taxes.

see here: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=106498,00.html

also there is an earlier ammendment, which gives the government insanely broad tax powers, but for whatever reason, they felt it was also necessary to specifically ratify it with the 16th... even if it fell, it seems to me that

Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution:

“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;”

is pretty clear...

as far as the fact that most of the income tax is wasted on interest payments... well, that's just bad budgeting not a scam...

12:08 p.m.  

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