Put aside their massive $30B deficit - three times the size of the promised $10B committed to during the election.
Let’s look at the choices they made by focusing on some specifics.
The Conservatives promised and delivered on income splitting for those with kids under 18, wanting to lower family tax bills so they could use their money as they chose.
Liberals didn’t like that, claiming it would only help the rich, so they ended income splitting and a number of tax breaks and credits which let people keep more of their money.
They did away with the Universal Childcare Benefit, children’s fitness tax credit, children’s arts tax credit, education tax credit and the textbook tax credit. Instead of tax breaks or credits, Liberals claim they’ll “help” the middle class by sending them monthly payments.
Trudeau sold his Canada Child Benefit as a way to help the struggling middle class yet statistics show the middle class isn’t struggling. It's growing, having seen an increase in disposable income over the last decade thanks to tax cuts brought in by Harper.
But those don’t help build a government program do they? Instead, we’ve got a new program that will make direct payments from government to families.
This isn’t government money, it’s YOUR money funnelled through government where the highly paid bureaucrats that run the programs will take a slice.
And, they’ll be sending out monthly payments even to relatively wealthy households.
This budget restructures the tax system to get rid of cuts and credits that let people keep more of their own money only to create a government program to hand out money.
Some will get more in this plan, some will get less but the main message it sends is that government is better at dealing with your money than you are!
It gets people accustomed to expecting a government cheque, even those who earn enough on their own. It expands the culture of dependency that will see us all getting hooked on a monthly cheque from the government.
Government as parent, looking after us, paying our bills, taking care of us from cradle to grave.
That is the Liberal world-view and it isn’t healthy for the country, for individuals or for the economy.