Monday, September 12, 2011

Not Thought Through

By now it should be obvious to everyone that the Liberals will be spending the entirety of this campaign digging themselves deeper and deeper into the hole they've dug themselves with their poorly thought through tax credit scheme. It's a real shame, because now not only will they not be able to talk about anything else in their platform, but we won't get to hear about all the other ridiculous promises they dreamed up. It's true- their platform is chock-a-block with stuff that made me go "huh?". Liberals can take some solace in the fact that even if they hadn't inserted this silly promise into their manifesto, we would have had lots of material to pound them with.

So, in the interests of fairness, I've taken it upon myself to compile a list of the dumbest promises I could find within the Liberal platform. Commentary shall follow each one.

-"We’ll build on our kids’ success in literacy and numeracy by introducing a new science strategy." What is a "science strategy" and how does it help kids read better?

-"Any student who struggles to find work after graduation or has a very low income will have their loan repayments reduced until their income increases. In cases where students cannot find work, their loan payments could be reduced to zero." So if you can't find work after graduation, you don't have to pay your debts. Don't you wish it worked that way in the rest of the world? Yeah, and those new universities the Liberals want to build will just pay for themselves too, especially with the Liberals giving everyone 30% off on tuition. (Remember how they wanted to do that? No you don't.)

-"Our tax reforms have already cut the tax rate on new business investment almost in half. When the reforms are in place, it will be below half." In other words: "We reduced something to half of what it was. We'll reduce it some more, and then it will be less than half of what it was." 

-"We’ll improve pathways to apprenticeship and remove barriers so apprentices complete
their training." You mean to say a significant number of them don't complete their training now? Is this a problem that needs to be dealt with?

-"We’ll treat our seniors as productive members of society rather than merely institutionalizing them." Oh good! I'm so happy the Liberals don't want to lock people up for being old.

-"We'll do out part to help Ontarians get
healthy local food, by creating a Local Food Act that will celebrate, support and promote local food." Only healthy local food? So they're not going to support local cookie and ice cream factories?

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