And How Has That all Turned Out for Canada Mr. Harper?

Stephen Harper as Canada’s Official Opposition Leader, April 2005:

The Conservative Party wants to give this country direction. We want, and we believe you want, to end corruption and restore honest financial management; to have a health-care system that Canadians can count on when they need it; to better use the talents and credentials of new Canadians; to fix the fiscal imbalance plaguing our provinces and municipalities; to act on a made-in-Canada plan for cleaner air, water and land; to help our hard-pressed agricultural community and resource sectors; to give tax relief for Canadian families; and safety and security for our streets and our communities.

 

 

The Prime Minister At Times Incurs Expenses That Are Best Paid By The Party

An incredible head-shaker uncovered by CBC News. One of those headlines than makes you squint and read it three times.

This has the potential to make the Sponsorship Scandal, which helped elect “accountable” Stephen Harper, look like an accounting error.

Where did the money come from? Where did this money go? Could it have been associated with other known breaches of trust?

And if true, I will be accepting lots of apologies from readers who disliked my positions that Mr. Harper and his group had anything “hidden” at all.

How will the National Post spin this one for the team?

 

Spineless US Senate Votes Down Gun Bill, Shames Newtown Victims

President Obama said it best “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington”.

Indeed.

In order to save their own reelection bids in 2014, cowardly US Senators turned their backs on every single watered down piece of gun legislation before them.

Every single one.

In doing so, they thumbed their noses at the children of Newtown all the while protecting huge sums of money donated from the gun lobby to their campaigns in 2014. All the while making sure the ridiculously powerful NRA didn’t find another candidate to run against them.

Every single Senator who voted against this is a disgrace to the United States. They ignored poles indicating 80 to 90 percent support for universal background checks. They ignored the will of the people.

With leaders like this, who needs enemies?

Oh wait, we’ve seen the enemy. And it is us.

 

UPDATE

To make matters worse, some quick math seems to indicate that the Senators who killed this legislation only represent 26% of the population.

Democracy indeed…

Rob Portman His Gay Son And The Problem With Being Conservative

I ponder this question a lot.  Why do conservatives think the way they do?

Are they selfish? Uncaring? Unthinking? Or simply ideologically afraid of progress?  If the latter, is it for one of the former reasons?

Then along comes a story that allows the light bulb to go off.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has taken the extraordinary step of announcing he supports gay marriage.   After years of voting against it, he has had a change of heart.

Why?

Because his son is gay.

According to CNN, he’s known about his son’s sexuality for some time, having told the Romney campaign when they were considering him as a VP candidate.  Senator Portman took the time to assess his pervious beliefs on marriage, reached out to others in similar situations like Dick Cheney and has put his son first, above morality politics.

So I applaud Senator Portman for taking the time to think this through and have the courage to actually invite CNN in to his office to make his support for equality public.

But it highlights the real issue I have with the conservative politics of today.

It is hypocritical.  Against things, sometimes vehemently, unless it impacts them personally.

Or, as in the case of Marco Rubio, against government spending years after receiving the benefit of student loans. Read his State Of The Union response for this and other absolute head shakers.  It’s the “I’ve got mine already” syndrome so prevalent in conservative culture these days.

The hypocrisy is appalling.

Bravo Senator Portman, for putting your family above morality politics.

Perhaps you and your colleagues can put someone else’s needs above it as well, even though it doesn’t impact you personally.  Whether it is Student Loans, Medicare, Medicaid, Education or Social Security. The list of things that help those less fortunate – things that you oppose – is endless.

Perhaps then you might appeal to a larger spectrum of the American electorate.

Until then, I have the answer to my question.

All of the above.