Wednesday, March 28, 2007

it was a conservative budget.

Maybe that's the problem.

I've spent what would probably be qualified as an unhealthy amount of time thinking about the budget, and I've decided that part of the problem is that people have forgotten what "conservative" is. "Fiscal conservatives" are upset that there wasn't more broad-based tax relief or cutting of programs, but forget that that's not necessarily what fiscal conservatism is all about.

Tasha Kheiriddin cleared it all up while she was debating Gerry Nicholls on Mike Duffy - she said to Gerry, "It's a conservative budget. It's not a libertarian budget..."

And that's the truth.

Conservatism (small-c) is based on valuing traditional beliefs and practices, and this includes, just as an example, encouraging families to have children (even children they can't afford!) by paying them off with the money of people who don't.

Sure, this wasn't the case with the whole budget - not all of the document was conservative, for one thing. And, to be fair, while I didn't like it (to put it mildly) it wasn't all bad, either. But like it or not, it is not a conservative value to oppose any targeting of funds to certain members of society.

At the end of the day, all that those "fiscal conservatives" were looking for was just a little bit of libertarianism in their budget, and this wasn't the government for it.

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