The last blog was about how the NDP’s socialist ideology works in practice, rather than in theory. It doesn’t, at least not for young people or for job creating entrepreneurs. But for bureaucrats and the unions, it’s Fat City! This blog is in video at https://youtu.be/oJc3txLOHyU
But what about the Liberals? In my lifetime I’ve lived under mostly Liberal governments, and the one I remember best is Pierre Trudeau’s.
Liberal name tag or not, Pierre Trudeau was a socialist, and a close friend of Marxists like Fidel Castro. Pierre Trudeau was also an admirer of Communist China, – as is his son – and when he took office in 1968, he put his ideology into high gear claiming that it would result in what he called: “The Just Society.”
What we actually got was The Broke Society. Government programs sprouted like weeds, and for the next 25 years, so called “progressive” governments routinely spent more than they took in. Debt became acceptable, even to so-called conservatives.
By 1993, the accumulated deficits, or debt, had reached 420 billion dollars. But of course, we were getting all that free stuff from the government!
But of course, it wasn’t free. Our free stuff was paid for by other taxpayers, and, their free stuff was paid for by us. But in the middle was the bureaucracy, and the lenders, and they made out like bandits!
Taxpayers were squeezed, and when governments can’t squeeze any more from taxpayers, they borrow, just like Justin Trudeau intends to do.
From 1867 until the debt crises in 1993, our federal debt had grown
to 420 billion dollars. Of that, only 37 billion was borrowed to actually fund government programs.
That means that over 90% of that $420 billion debt had been borrowed just to pay interest on previous borrowing.
We’ve paid over $1 trillion in interest since 1990, and we’re still paying over 3 billion dollars a month! Justin Trudeau wants to borrow money for infrastructure. $1 trillion would look after all of Canada’s infrastructure needs.
Finally, after more debt was incurred – insisted on, incidentally, by the NDP and Liberals – dealing with the worldwide recession that began in 2008, Canada’s back in the black; running surpluses, and the economy is growing.
Yet Justin intends to borrow again, run deficits, and grow the debt. Is our debt the legacy we want to leave to our children and grandchildren?
Many Canadians have come down with an emotional condition called Harper Derangement Syndrome. Visit some online discussion sites and it’s like reading the script from One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
It’s quite true; Harper’s not warm and fuzzy; he does whatever is necessary to get his legislation passed, and he controls his caucus.
But in the past year, Justin Trudeau has summarily fired all his Liberal Senators, and even blocked qualified Liberal candidates in favour of his handpicked choices.
And he’s actually told Liberals who don’t agree with his position on abortion that: “You can’t be in the Liberal caucus.” That’s the Trudeau style.
But that’s also irrelevant. Elections shouldn’t be about personalities or style but about experience and proven ability.
Our budget is back in surplus, our economy is growing, and, most importantly, we can reduce the size of the debt that our children will inherit.
How about that for a legacy?
According to the New York Times, – which incidentally is a very liberal newspaper – Canada’s middle class has become the world’s wealthiest.
And opposition and Ottawa Mandarin’s claims to the contrary, the world’s regard for Canada has become so positive that for two of the last six years, Canada’s been ranked as the second best place in the world to live.
The other four years – including this one – Canada’s been ranked number one.
How’s that for a legacy?
I know we live in a postmodern society, but on Monday, shouldn’t we vote with our heads, and not our emotions?
If you believe in smaller government and common sense politics, we invite you to join Let’s Do It Ourselves, an online community at ldio.org
I believe you’ll feel very much at home!
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