Tom Long on Ontario Conservatism

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Seize the agenda and succeed
National Post. April 6, 2009.

The following is an edited excerpt of Tom Long’s recent presentation to the Manning Networking Conference and Exhibition in Ottawa.

The dominant Tory assumption has been that the way to victory is to force the Liberals left by moving to the centre. Continue Reading »

CO2 Lies to Destroy America

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By Alan Caruba Sunday, March 29, 2009

My friend, the internationally famed climatologist, Dr. S. Fred Singer, calls them “the CO2 wars.” It is the last ditch attempt by the Greens, under the aegis of the Obama administration, to declare carbon dioxide a pollutant and thus open the door to its regulation. Continue Reading »

The Biggest Snoops

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Lorne Gunter
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It never ceases to amaze me how many people have blind faith in the competence and neutrality of government. For instance, recent economic bailouts are premised on the notion that governments — which are really nothing more than conglomerates of politicians, bureaucrats and experts paid to tell leaders what they want to hear –are somehow smarter than investors and consumers at deciding what products and industries deserve help, how much and when. Continue Reading »

Taxing the Weather

Published by under Global Warming

Carbon credits are snake oil. They have no real value.

By Alan Caruba Thursday, March 5, 2009

Taxes imposed in the name of global warming are completely bogus. There is no global warming if, by that term, you mean a sudden, dramatic increase in the Earth’s average temperature. The Earth has been cooling for a decade, not warming. Continue Reading »

Making The Worst Of It

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By Kevin Libin National Post February 7, 2009.

By the time President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed his nation in his first radio fireside chat one March evening in 1933, America’s banking system was on the brink of collapse. A fifth of the country’s financial institutions were out of business. Citizens, nervous about losing their savings, had started a run on the remaining banks’ cash, preferring the safety of mattresses. Roosevelt, having ordered the banks closed, spoke to a rattled and frightened nation. There was, to be blunt, not much stirring in his words. Continue Reading »

More Davos ‘Globaloney’

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By Peter Foster
National Post, January 29, 2009. 7:03 PM

The typically pretentious theme of this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos is “Shaping the Post-Crisis World.” But didn’t Davos shape the pre-crisis world, and thus the crisis itself? The annual Alpine gabfest has long been the epicentre of ‘globaloney,’ a mixture of serious discussion, subversive ideas and outright flakery. It has certainly never — as some critics believe — been about promoting capitalism. Rather it has always been a mercantilist stew in which big businessmen, big government and big international bureaucracy get together to suck both the collective thumb and the collective teat. Its ideological heart is the impossible UN dream of “global governance,” and of a corporate sector moving “beyond” mere profits to take on the heavy mantles of social responsibility, sustainable development, Global Compacts and Millennium Development Goals. Continue Reading »

Global Dimming of the Sun

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Just saw a fascinating documentary on Nova (Tuesday evening is the best night for TV – Nova and then, typically, Front Line). Here is what I learned:

Global Dimming of the Sun is created by particulate matter in the atmosphere creating conditions that reflect sun energy back into space resulting in a cooling effect on the planet. Although it seems that the developed nations are creating more of the CO2 (the Global Warming agent), we have been steadily reducing our particulate discharge over the last 50 years. It is the developing countries (seen the video-feeds from the Beijing Olympics?) that are spewing the particles. Continue Reading »

American Prescription an Overdose in Canada

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Jan 24, 2009 04:30 AM
David Olive
Toronto Star Business Columnist

As with all fads, we should be wary of the deficit chic that has turned the heads of even the most resolute deficit hawks. It will prompt the federal finance minister, Jim Flaherty, in his “stimulus” budget Tuesday to put Canada on the road to a $64 billion deficit over the next two years – surpassing the record $43 billion deficit of the early 1990s that Canadians sacrificed for years to eradicate.

And it’s unlikely to accomplish much. The main reason for this, I suspect, is that Canada is not in an economic crisis at all. Continue Reading »

Flaherty Digs Himself a Deep, Dark Hole

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By: Terence Corcoran:

Give Jim Flaherty high marks for rhetorical restraint: The words “shovel” and “ready” do not make it into the Finance Minister’s budget speech and appear only once in his massive 360-page budget plan. That’s where restraint ends, however.

Otherwise, there’s a shovel on almost every page. Within weeks, all Canadian taxpayers can expect delivery of summary budget documents accompanied by a shovel with a tag that says: Dig a hole, throw in $85-billion, and then hope you can get out of it when its all over, sometime in 2014, unless the fiscal winds shift and it gets deeper and you have to dig some more. Continue Reading »

The Pig and the Bear

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Almost 20 years ago, I found the following story, as I recall, in one of those kid entertainment booklets at a McDonalds. I have always loved it, but think I have only just begun to understand why.

The Pig and the Bear decided to go into business. “We’ll make lots of money!” they thought.

The Pig baked a bushel of potatoes and the Bear fried a heap of doughnuts.

They went to the market place early in the morning to get the best spots. Nobody was around yet. The morning was clear and chilly. The Bear had a nickel in his coat. After a while, he went over to the Pig’s stand to warm up a little Continue Reading »

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