Let Us Now Praise Stephen the Cautious
March 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
I have a couple of favourite conservatives – David Frum is one. I can occasionally see a compassion inherited from his Mom – heck, more than occasionally. Frum praises Harper’s caution in the last Federal budget – don’t cut too much, gradually get to a balanced budget.
For the centre left to ignore the debt and deficit is dishonest. Maybe voters are tired of being lied to, that they can have supportive social programs and low taxes, which essentially means debt and deficit. We might, however, recommend modest tax increases and straightening out the tax code.
Can we return to the greatest political slogan of all time? “Corporate Welfare Bums”
My argument with Harper is that in addition to welcome gradualism, there does have to be some shift in emphasis so that we are doing better over a 5 to 20 year time line. This means an emphasis on research and development, infrastructure, and education for employment.
Almost all social problems get addressed by emphasizing those three things.
If you’re getting your underwear in a knot, just remember that Harper isn’t Ryan.