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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Let's call a spade a spade here.

As PM Harper sulks his way out of the Governor General's office and hangs up the kumate gloves 'til after Ho-Ho arrives, I can't help but watch this fiasco through gritted teeth.

There are lots of ways we can slice this - and the various political parties are already digging in with their Ginsu blades - but the truth is that Stephen Harper failed.

He had everything in his hand, everything. The government was his, all he had to do was table a budget. A budget. The parties would've bitched and moaned but as long as he put out a simple, by-the-numbers plan, he would've been fine. Just stick to the program.

But he had to get tricksy.

Like a grumpier, hairier Gollum, our Prime Minister couldn't take his eyes off the prize long enough to save himself.

What really gets to me is how this kind of thing even makes it out the door. I mean, it's not like the budget was whipped together over a weekend.

How many drafts did they give this thing? And did no one read it over and say 'you know, I think the Opposition might be a tad pissed that we're trying to eliminate one of their major sources of funding'?

Yet it's only now that the hornet's nest has been kicked, after everyone's hackles are raised, that Harper's talking about how 'Canadians want us to get to work'.

Well, just a few quick questions for you here, sir - one concerned Canadian to another:

Why didn't you just get to work in the first place?

Why pick a fight you didn't need to?

Why drag Canadians through all this shit once again?

And that's what really pisses me off here. We've already caught him working the back channels before. We've caught him playing dirty pool several times. But here he is, caught flat-footed - in broad daylight - revealed.

Again.

Yet he's given the opportunity to slink away back into the shadows, allowed to do what he does best - make us forget about him.

He's allowed to sling attack ads and sow dis-information for the next 6 weeks.

Merry Christmas people, you get to watch the roaring Christmas Log on TV with a side order of Harper's spin on how badly the Coalition Government is going to screw you. Here's a side of bitter partisan hatred to go with your cranberries and stuffing.

Listen, I'm not a fan of any of these guys. Dion can't string together a thought in English let alone a sentence - if he can't even communicate with the majority of the population, how will he represent us on the world stage? I'm not a fan of Layton either - he's all too slippery in this, it's not the politics he cares about, it's the power, and that's becoming glaringly obvious.

But let's call a spade a spade here: Harper has been given every chance in the books, has gamed the system at almost every opportunity - hell, he even tricked the government into thinking he was allowed to act like he had a Majority; And yet when it's all FINALLY resting in the palm of his hands, when he has the chance to get to work making Canada work he chooses to go offside and start swinging at the other team.

These are our future's he's gambling with, leveraging in his continual bids for power.

It's bullshit.

And as tax-paying citizens we should not accept it.

Cheers,
Brandon

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