John Baird brings the coffee
It’s hard when you’re living on fumes to get your mind around the Harpseal government’s plan to cut taxes for so-called “job-creator businesses” — especially when the federal deficit has ballooned to a whopping $56 billion.
I am no economic genius, but I do know when the credit card is maxed out, you don’t blow your paycheque on a flat screen.
The Tory thinking puzzles, particularly because they once held the high ground on belt-tightening. Their new fangled economic rejig reminds me of the good old days, the Trudeau/Mulroney days when nobody worried about deficits because politicians believed that people couldn’t fathom deficits. Those were heady days of double-digit interest rates — remember when you could still get an 18 percent mortgage? Ah, brings me back.
The government is looking awfully much like the Richard Gere character who tells the shopkeeper that he will be spending on “obscene amount of money” on Julia Roberts.
While we taxpayers are freezing in the dark this winter, Harpseal is intent on easing the burden on corporations who have tearfully had to give up their bonuses and country club memberships at this difficult time. I’ve worked in corporations, I’ve been married to Mr. Big, and I can tell you that the corps won’t spend that money creating jobs.
Maybe some executives will get new IPads.
Here’s my solution from the cheap seats on St. Laurent Blvd.: Before you give corporations a new free ride, how’s about evidence that the money will be spent creating jobs? Give them the cut for one year, then make them come back with proof that there are 50 more people working in cubicles with full-time jobs.
No jobs? Pay more taxes, that’s what I say.
Why doesn’t the government start treating corporations like Third World countries, and tie the aid to tangible results?
Otherwise, raise their taxes and have business help pay to reduce the deficit.
On this count, Michael Ignatieff is right. Even if he is a Harvard professor with no commitment to this country, as the Tories charge.
Meanwhile, the Caucus is apparently “fanning out” across the country to sell us this message, spending hard-earned Tory money to speak to business executives who will be glad to hear that they’ll be paying less taxes.
Hey John Baird, why don’t you come to my house and we can discuss this? Sorry, man, I’m tapped out.
You’ll have to bring the coffee.