What is it that the lib-left truly hates about Stephen Harper?
For all their bloviating, do they really care that a couple of his Senators fudged their expenses? Hah - hardly. That’s a Liberal industry for God’s sake! Are they furious that he’s balanced the budget? No, can’t be - they dined out politically for a decade on the fiscally-conservative budgets they were forced into thanks to the near-bankruptcy moments of late-1994/early-1995.
Is it his social conservatism? Nope. In this era of hidden-camera exposes of the government-funded human butchering industry, Harper stays famously silent, and social conservatives are quickly isolated in his party.
While there are certainly things that the lib-left would do differently, there’s really only one thing that sticks in their craw, and it is this: Stephen Harper knows how to win elections.
Long ago, Harper figured out the secret to politics in the Modern democratic world: that most citizens put their vote up for bids. Liberals have understood this for decade, and have always won with massive offers of OPiuM (Other People’s Money).
Harper and his team recognized that voters need to do more than stand on a moral high-horse. They saw the flaw in the morally-righteous tone of the Reform Party approach, whose popularity never translated into the critical mass of voters necessary to form government. They recognized: they had to give the voters a counter-offer to the OPiuM push in order to win.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, in his attempt to mock the Harper government’s $3 billion election-year tax rebate for parents that left hundreds of thousands of voters with a beautiful bank account surprise this week, called it “buying people’s votes with their own money.” Bingo, Thomas - you’re absolutely right! And guess what - we the voters, who pay on average 42% of our income in taxes, to the tune of over $32,000 per year for a family with an annual income of $77,000, are fine with that.
Most voters prefer taking YOpiuM (Your Own Money) instead of OPiuM, which is why the left is petrified about the next shoe to drop. Back in May, the Harper Conservatives floated a trial balloon, leaking the idea of reducing the GST from its current 5% tax-on-everything, down to 4% or even 3%. The statists went ballistic - “how are they going to replace another $7 billion in revenue”? To which we, the regular people, answer: “Go pound sand, and make do with $7 billion less”.
Giving us back some of the money we’ve already overpaid to the Federal treasury is the only moral way of buying our votes. The child care rebate is a fine start, and a GST cut announcement just after Labour Day may indeed seal the deal for a second Harper majority.
In perhaps the first normal thing I’ve heard come out of his mouth, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said he’d be donating his child care refund to charity. In fact, from all indications it is an outstanding choice of charity, La Maison Bleu, which takes in troubled pregnant women in his home riding, and sees them through to successful childbirth and childhood. As far as I can tell, they are not involved in abortion.
Which brings me back to the human butchery issue, where abortionists sit in expensive restaurants haggling over the price of “intact tissue” over drinks. As the Harper Conservatives have figured out the moral way of buying our votes, can I also hold out hope they remember there’s more to life than money? There has to be a widely-popular way of addressing the lawless regime the abortion industry operates under in Canada.
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