We are all trained to look at political promises with certain scepticism, learned because of past failures to follow through. Today, the Conservatives introduced a family tax cutting "policy" which rises to the level of absurd, and amounts to a disguised fraud perpetrated on the Canadian people. Strong language yes, but when one considers our own election law demands an election every four years, promises that can't even begin to be entertained after the current mandate, amount to nothing more than a ruse.
Most economists don't even consider long term deficit targets as "written in stone" because they know to many variables exist to allow for definitive conclusions. That these Conservatives think they can put out pamphlets, promising families tax breaks, based on some theoretical reality in the future, really amounts to a scam. I suppose the proposal demands voter sophistication to realize the promise is a pipe dream, but the Conservatives are banking on voters not understanding the full picture. If you read a headline today, a bold pledge on a campaign flyer, will you take the time to review the timeline? It really is the classic seedy sales pitch, wherein the client only realizes true reality once they see the fine print- I guarantee the Conservatives will fail to BURY this fine print in their disingenuous literature.
The Conservatives have again lowered the accountability bar. There is no nothing stopping other parties from making outlandish promises, within unlimited time frames, policies that can operate outside of the known and appeal in patently irresponsible ways. I'm sure the Liberals would offer tax breaks when the budget is balanced too, just like in the past, but the CURRENT situation is that of a massive deficit, that will leave a shortfall for YEARS. Nobody disputes the deficit, nobody thinks it will disappear quickly, the Conservatives are trying to preach fiscal discipline, while simultaneously pointing voters to the pot of gold that is within grasp.
This "policy" demands outright mockery, comedic taunts, it isn't serious, it doesn't deserve coverage, it deserves rebuttal, it deserves a sharp challenge. This is a test of our media to be responsible and simply not parrot the distorted promises made for another another election. This is the 2011 election, not the 2015 campaign, but the Conservative war room clearly has so little respect for the media, the voters, that they think they can pull the wool, get the coverage, have people thinking that a tax cut for their family is at hand, when nothing could be further from the truth. It's day three, and already, this is shaping up to be the most intellectually insulting campaign we have ever seen. Who will counter the descent, is there anyone left to keep reasonable accoutability, or do people just paint whatever picture they choose? Today is a test, enough is enough.