It seems to be generally agreed that next week’s budget isn’t going to be pretty.
Harper playing games with budget leaks: Ignatieff – National Post
Ontario’s back to the wall – Globe and Mail
Gird for the worst as MPs gather for Budget, Round 2 – Toronto Star
When you load a shotgun with $34-billion dollars, a few billion are bound to be spent right, but that hardly makes for a good budget.
(I am tempted to make a joke about getting Cheneyed by Harper’s stimulus shotgun, but will resist.)
Part of the trouble is that even $34-billion can be spread too thinly trying to buy votes across the country with spending (“$1.5-million to refurbish a horse racetrack in Summerside, P. E. I.”) and tax cuts. Harper might please nobody while trying to please everybody. On the other hand – or in addition – he might pull some kind of political trick again to screw the opposition.
In either case, the country will suffer for it.