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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
When I'm walking under stars / I covet all the waning hours
— Neko Case, Tightly
December 6, 2005
The Source of Cynicism

This article from the T-dot Star outlines Mr. Martin’s new, improved childcare plan designed to trump Mr. Harper’s $1,200 child related tax credit (call it what it is Mr. Harper…call it what it is.)

No wonder Canadians are cynical.

This is like a good old fishing story; Mr. Harper pulls his smallmouth bass out of the water and a picture gets taken; back on shore, Mr. Martin says “Sure, that’s what he caught…but you should see what I caught! It was this big!” all the while holding his hands out to indicate a fish a few inches larger than Mr. Harper.

Mr. Harper, of course, responds in kind by suggesting that the camera ran out of film and the next fish he caught was even bigger than the one Mr. Martin claims. So it goes, ad infinitum.

Harper’s plan is horrible, because it’s open to abuse and a lack of responsiveness. It’s a simple tax cut disguised as somethig else. Mr. Martin had a plan in place, but now — facing an angry electorate in virtually every province — is upping the ante and laying more money on the table.

What Canadians should be asking is this: if it is such a noble cause, why wasn’t all that money put on the table in the first place?

The answer, I’m afraid, is that the Liberal party needed to bribe us with it during an election campaign; don’t fall for it. If you’re going to vote Liberal, don’t do it because of a bribe.

Posted by skooter at 8:24 AM This entry is filed under Politics, Words.

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