Wednesday, January 21, 2009

13 Billion Dollars, and still no directions or leadership

The Tories record on the economy speaks for itself. Just look at this chart highlighting the Tories greatest fall hits on the economy.
The Tory financial disaster has escalated and continued. For a refresher, check out this chart of doom, as done by a Liberal activist in December, documenting the fall, and fall of the TSX in regards to statements made by the Federal Conservatives in regards to the economy.

Just when you thought things could get worse, the Parliamentary Budget Officer has come out with a report today stating that the deficit should be somewhere in the area of $13 billion. This is an insane amount of money and really shows that you cannot spend money like an NDP socialist, and cut taxes like a Republican. This has created a budget crisis without any economic stimulus package for the economy to get started. Why did this happen do you ask? I have some theories.

1) Tories are more concerned with the green shift than the economy. Yes, they focused all their energy on attacking the Liberals last election than on fiscal restraint

2) Tories play Canadians for patsies and use GST cuts to give working class Canadians the impression, they are saving money, when the real beneficiary, is the rich guy buying a new yacht for 800 grand.

3) The Tories economic policy is based upon a dart board and throwing darts at it blindfolded with each square, some type of pork barreling project or tax cut that creates no real impact on the economy.

4) The Conservatives have hired the recently unemployed Trailer Park boys as economics advisors.
The Tories have fallen asleep at the wheel, and the economy is now a runaway truck down a huge hill in terms of budget deficits. This Government has acted inprudently and acted and spent like a spoilt teenager with their parent's credit card. The media has given Harper and his cronies a free ride as they have mismanaged the tax payers money, and have mortgaged the country so they can spend more money and try to hold onto power.

This money could have been used to fund day care for Canadians, improve infrastructure, or even as stimulus, but instead the mismanagement has created a Mulroneyesque budget deficit. This is history repeating itself. Canadians have to ask themselves, can we trust these people with our money. I don't think so, but judge it for yourself.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

No Desire or inclination...

To comment on the Middle East situation. Just hope a truce happens.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

My World Junior Highlights

It started out as a couple of drunken text messages on New Years day. Did you see the game tonight? yes, I did. Want to go to the next one? Yes i do? Do you? Lets get tickets!!!!!! The game we targeted was the Semi-final game between Canada and Russia on Saturday night.

This lead to my brother making a 4 hour drive from the cottage in Muskoka to Ottawa, and myself flying on Porter Air from the Toronto Island Airport to Ottawa on a Saturday Afternoon . Needless to say we were excited to make it to the nations capital, and it was for reasons of hockey.

We walked into Scotiabank Place, first as Canadians, and Secondly as Toronto Maple Leaf fans. We were fired up to see an amazing game which we travelled hundreds of kilometres to see. We entered an arena full of Senators fans, a bunch of leaf fans who gave us thumbs up (we both wore Maple Leaf Toques throughout the game), and various other street people (habs fans).

The game was a back and forth battle, that was highlighted by the Russian's speed, back checking, and will to keep coming back. Every time we thought Canada put them down a goal, they came back almost instantly. The crowd was loud and proud for Ottawa standards, though the people behind me didn't like it when I stood up a couple of Canadian breakaways (always do this at ACC and everyone else stands) .

The game came down to 2 plays, the Russian defenceman who shot the puck and iced it with about 20 seconds left. Then the face-off after, which led to a scrum, and which John Tavares threw the puck towards the net which Jordan Eberle then put in the top shelf with 5 seconds left.

This moment will always stick out in my mind, I jumped out of my seat yelling, screaming, embracing everyone around me (even fans of other NHL teams), jumping up and down in disbelief. It was one of those truly Canadian moments which those of us in the building, and watching on TSN will remember for the rest of our lives . The goal was in a scramble, not as pretty as the Gretzky-Lemieux Pass of 1987, or the Jonathan Toews shootout show against the Americans, it was more like the 1972 Henderson goal than any goal in recent memory. Being their to witness it was icing on the cake.

Once the Overtime started, and went with a few decent chances. The Canadians got looser as the 10 minutes wore on, and they had more quality chances than The Russians. Going into the shootout, the crowd was confident, as Canada had the snipers ready to take action, and they didn't dissapoint.

After watching Canada win gold tonight, my expensive trip was validated. Though 5 seconds difference could have made my trip not worthwhile. I was glad to have witnessed a classic game, rather than the antics of the Swedes tonight. All in all, I am happy that Canada has won 5 in a row.

Here is a youtube video I put together of the anthem after the game. Great patriotic stuff!