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Swearing In and Cussing Out

Web posted on April 07, 2016

A Curmudgeon's View

By Les Enekes

There is a period of time between the swearing in and cussing out of a politician. Most people refer to it as the honeymoon. That period of time can be from a few weeks to many months, depending on how long until reality sets in. The best any politician can hope for is to please as many voters as possible and piss off the fewest. One can never piss off the hard core supporters and one can never please the hard core opponents. It is the people in the middle who have to be looked after. We all would like to give the new guy the benefit of the doubt, even if it's for a very brief period of time. In some cases it was over in the blink of an eye.

As Her Majesty's Loyal Curmudgeon, it is my job to shred those in power regardless of political stripe, not to praise them. That's someone else's job. I might consider thinking about trying to be nice to the opposition, if I am in a particularly generous frame of mind.

As expected, the throne speech meant the end of the honeymoon, and the cussing started. Wow, this was better than I had hoped for in my wildest dreams. Young Trudeau is proving beyond any shadow of doubt that he is not ready. Then the budget came along and it got even better.

There will be no expansion of Toronto Island Airport (see my column about airport names), which means that Porter Airlines will have to cancel their two billion dollar order for 20 Bombardier C-Series airliners. This will cost jobs at Bombardier. The Quebec Government has just "invested" one billion in Bombardier. What's going to happen? They will probably throw a lot of our money at Bombardier. They would rather throw the money at Bombardier than to let jets land at the Island Airport even if they are as quiet as the current aircraft in service. So much for free market and enterprise. It goes back to a bunch of whiners in Toronto who just do not want any progress.

Pulling the CF-18s out of the fight against the Terrorist State, big mistake. The more they talked about the situation the less they said. We still haven't heard a reasonable explanation, or even an unreasonable explanation. There seems to be no progress in getting explanations or making real decisions.

The F-35 is not being ruled out of the competition after the very loud promise to cancel the program. Whatever aircraft is selected, they will not buy enough. It looks like there will be no progress in the fighter replacement program, and other money for the military according to the new budget. What about the new ships that are long overdue and desperately needed? Again no progress here as well.

They just announced a new comprehensive review of our military needs. Based on previous reviews by different governments it will come down to how to cut the military budget while making it look like they are doing something constructive.

There will be no progress in any increased spending on national security. I am sure the people of Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino might have a different opinion on looking after security.

What's that word I keep using over and over again? Oh, yes it is PROGRESS. Interesting how they would like to think of themselves progressive, but the only progress they are making is to put us deeper into debt.

It looks like there is no new money for health care. I guess that if the refugees can get high quality health care that's good enough.

Have a look at how many "frequent flyer points" (at our expense) the cabinet ministers and Young Trudeau have racked up since getting into power. It seems that he is on the road every week. The last Prime Minister who spent this much time out of the country was Trudeau the Elder.

Campaign promises are being broken faster than tableware at a Greek wedding. I guess if you make so many promises that nobody can keep track of them, the hope is that broken promises piling up won't be noticed. The idea is to divert our attention by making a big deal about a few promises like the refugees, then hitting the road and posing for selfies everywhere. The Great Trudeau: Master Illusionist. Perhaps he is practising for his next career.

Ever notice that the more he talks, the less he says. Just watch question period on TV and you will be amazed at his answers that have absolutely nothing to do with the question.

Didn't "we" just vote out a guy who wasn't listening?

Remember the old saying "be careful what you wish for, you might get it." Guess what?
We got it!

There are still the believers who think he can do no wrong. Just to be fair, the same can be said for supporters of all of our previous Prime Ministers.

I am planning to come back and revisit some of the issues I mentioned. There is good material here for several columns.

Congratulations Robert on your retirement from the "Sunday Peace" column. Good luck with your new projects.

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