Apart from the Sun News Network, it has gotten to the point that I can’t turn on a TV news or politics show, because when I do, all I see and hear are NDP MPs and Liberal leader Bob Rae and most of his Liberal caucus frothing at the mouth. If they had justification to be so angry, it wouldn’t be a problem. But, the way they are behaving is actually embarrassing, particularly since they truly seem to think they have finally found the Conservative hidden agenda.
Meaning, this whole high dungeon is nothing more than pure spin. For example, I saw Ralph Goodale turn around and say something to Rae, which looked like very much like he was congratulating him. And all the time Rae was ranting, Liberal MPs David McGuinty and Scott Brison were leaning to their left to get into the TV shot. Sad, really sad.
But, speaking of Bob Rae, isn’t he the same leader who put Ontario deeply into deficit in the early 1990s when he raised entitlements (welfare rates) so high he took away all incentive for people to work? The Harris PC government lowered those rates by 21% early in their mandate over the summer of 1995 and within a few years, 100,000 people were working again and no longer on social assistance.
Anyway, Bob Rae and the Harper hating media, are making absolute fools of themselves. I heard Prime Minister Harper’s speech in Davos live and I heard him clearly say that the CPP (Canada Pension Plan), which is funded by workers’ contributions, was in good shape for the long-term and that no one who was receiving the OAS (Old Age Security), which comes out of taxation and general revenues, now or in the near future would be affected by pension reform.
So, what part of that do people not understand? Maybe part of the problem is that I watched the PM speech on SNN and, as such, was able to clearly hear ALL of the PMs speech. However, from what I have read on other blogs, that was not the case with other networks.
One way or another, OAS is going to have to be reformed. But, it is going to have to be done carefully. We only have to look to Greece, Italy and Portugal to know the consequences of having entitlements that a government cannot fund.
The crux of the matter is that pension reform is not for the immediate future. It is for the long-term.