May 14, 2010

The World Still Has Too Many Communications Directors

Watch and learn. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey holds a clinic for conservative politicians the world over.

UPDATE: Yanked by the Star-Ledger. There's another copy here. You might download and save it while you still can.

Meanwhile, it's business as usual in Ottawa....

Posted by Kate at May 14, 2010 11:37 AM

This is what I look like when I'm wondering if Christie wants to move to Canada...

Posted by: CERDIP at May 14, 2010 11:55 AM

Our MPs, who have been screaming for weeks that Parliament, not government, is the supreme democratic authority, had best wake up really, really fast and understand that VOTERS are the supreme democratic authority.

If anyone can get some advice to PMSH really, really fast . . tell him to support the Auditor General and open up the MP expenses.

It is a perfect election wedge issue.

Posted by: Fred at May 14, 2010 11:58 AM

Amen and alleluia, a politician who has a spine.

As for MPs expenses the Auditor General Sheila Fraser should have been all over them years ago.

We elect MPs to govern not to turn government into their private slush fund as in years past.

Of course with the recent expenses scandal in Britain which included "moat cleaning" I'm sure one or two would be feeling the electoral heat.

Open up the books and have a gander. Its not like Canada Revenue Agency gives the rest of the hoi poloi a break do they?


Hans-Christian Georg Rupprecht, Commander in Chief

1st Saint Nicolaas Army
Army Group “True North"

Posted by: Hans Rupprecht at May 14, 2010 12:00 PM

Like him a lot! Anytime a conservative says anything he believes in, he/she is confrontational or silencing dissent, according to liberals....

Posted by: Soccermom at May 14, 2010 12:06 PM

NJ Governor Christie doesn't look like a great man but he certainly appears to be. New Jersey is almost as rotten as New York and Illinois and California are on another planet entirely. Christie should be simultaneously governor of all 4. Kudos to rookie MP Michelle Simson of Scarborough, who, despite being a Liberal, lit a tiny candle in a vast darkness with her remark that: “... people just don’t believe politicians anymore.”

Posted by: Mike McCormick at May 14, 2010 12:06 PM

Christie may be on to something.

Same with Sarah Palin.

example; While city councils and school boards trash Arizona's upholding of immigration laws, most Americans support Arizona. And yet Palin, Christie and a few others are the only politicians who support the majority view.

Posted by: ron in kelowna ∴ at May 14, 2010 12:11 PM

Love it.
The money quote is at 1:04.

Posted by: Oz at May 14, 2010 12:15 PM

I've been crowing about this for months now ... the CPC are doomed until they get a leader who can "communicate". Chess Players don't cut it. Slick "rag the puck" manoeuvres don't cut it. Letting the media set the agenda doesn't cut it. And a chorus of tribal "Harper can do no wrong groupies" don't cut it.

If you can't beat the worst Liberal candidate ever fielded in the history of the Liberal Party of Canada, one Mr. Dion, you shouldn't be there ... if you can't beat him on the precipice of a recession, when the entire country knows you are an economist while he is a bumbling "sociology professor", you don't belong there.

Only question is ... in all of Canada, who is that inspirational Conservative? Is there not one single inspirational dynamic speak-to-the-people creature in the entire Conservative movement? ... are they just a pack of hacks, tribalists, and back benchers too beat up by party whips to do anything more than salute their leaders and agree to play chess instead of lead, inspire, and “communicate”?

By the way, a while back a bunch of regulars here were suggesting that Christie was going soft ... still think that?

Posted by: Cjunk at May 14, 2010 12:19 PM

It's so rare for a contemporary conservative politician to be able to articulate their views in a simple and effective (and FUNNY!) way - like Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Newt Gingrich used to do.

This guy is going places!

Posted by: Sooke at May 14, 2010 12:20 PM

Whatever that guy ate for breakfast, put it on Harper's plate.

I'd love to see him debate The Vacuous One . . he's eat Barry's lunch in 30 seconds flat.

Posted by: Fred at May 14, 2010 12:22 PM

Christie reminds me of Ralph Klein. Both realize that the modern media only has as much power over you as you allow. They also both use straightforwardness and humor to put the media in their place. OTOH, PMSH mostly ignores the MSM, except for occasionally poking their hive with a stick. Just the insecure red Tory type conservatives still feel the need to play nice with the media. In general, it seems that more and more conservative politicians in the US and Canada have a dismissive attitude towards the MSM. That's Good News, indeed.

Posted by: LC Bennett at May 14, 2010 12:29 PM

Wow,I love it! Did they pick this guy up right off the Sopranos set,a straight talking shooter,something the Canadian electorate would frown upon after the MSM finished their spin.

Posted by: h.ryan at May 14, 2010 12:32 PM

Chris Christie for PM.

Would that we could have a conservative politician in Canada who spoke so plainly.

Posted by: Colin from Mission B.C. at May 14, 2010 12:35 PM

Puttin' on a clinic is right. Christie just rocks.

"I came here to govern; not to worry about re-election."

There's a message for the CPC. Start governing like conservatives, if indeed you are conservative.

Posted by: Mark Peters at May 14, 2010 12:46 PM

I hope there comes a day when federal Conservatives can be plainspoken but I fear that Canadians residing in cities east of Manitoba would go into convulsions (even conservatives). The Golden Horseshoe contains many who still maintain a Sesame Street view of the world where there is no conflict and no hint of unpleasant speech. Too often they equate blunt honesty with rudeness.

Posted by: LC Bennett at May 14, 2010 12:49 PM

And Mr. Christie,I DO want to see you when you're pissed.

Posted by: h.ryan at May 14, 2010 12:49 PM

Cjunk, I think you are wrong in criticizing Harper for not beating Dion. Having worked in Don Valley West in Toronto for the Conservative candidates going door to door as I have for provincial elections, also speaking to friends and family members who are Liberal or NDP you simply can not change their views. How long have you read and posted on this site and not noticed trolls like T or Robert McClelland that NEVER change their politics no matter what facts you, ET or so many great posters present? Doesn't matter, they are brain-dead, its just they way they are and they represent millions like them across Canada.

I have talked to many people on the phone canvassing and invariably when a person says they work for the CBC they follow up with I must vote Liberal! This is becoming more entrenched not less as the leftist teachers "educate" their students.

When I asked Liberals how, how could you vote for Dion, a man who can't communicate in English, just imagine him representing Canada on the world stage, blank stares. Did you also notice with the worst Liberal leader ever he still got 100 seats!

Just think back to the Coalition. Here was an attempt to usurp our freedoms with the lynch pin a man dedicated to tearing the country apart, a critical Canadian issue, and, what we had maybe 350 people at Toronto's Queens Park while the Coalition on the same day had over a 1,000 at the City Hall.

Harris is still pillored by the left in Ontario for daring to challenge the Teacher's Unions and their darling McGuinty has rolled back every one of his excellent policies. Harris was a great communicator.

One thing I agree with you is Harper should be on TV explaining the Consevative plans and policies. Each time we see him on American or European TV he is brilliant. Maybe its our left wing Lamestreammedia?

Posted by: Dave at May 14, 2010 12:55 PM

Yes thank you, I'd like another cup of "honest and refreshing".

Posted by: marc in calgary at May 14, 2010 1:07 PM

I too had high hopes for Harper and the conservatives. Now I just despise government. The only way things will improve is if people begin to take action to hold our government accountable. We need to get involved!!!

Posted by: Lorenzo at May 14, 2010 1:08 PM

I don't think anyone could have said it better than that.I could go on and on listing family members,colleagues and friends that think the exact same way.If someone like Mr.Christie representing the Liberal party came forward,I'd have no problem voting Liberal.Not lefties,Dion is proof of that.

Posted by: h.ryan at May 14, 2010 1:15 PM

Meanwhile in Ottawa . . . When I pay a tradesman to come in and do a job, he/she submits an itemized list of costs etc. When I buy a vehicle or a home, I get it inspected because it's my money and I want to know what I'm getting for it. When I buy a politician, er, make that when I elect a politician, and he gets paid my money, then I want to know what I'm getting for it. Simple. Sheila Fraser, audit to your heart's content.

Posted by: DrD at May 14, 2010 1:17 PM

We could sure use him for our Prez. O-bummer couldn't tell the truth if he was forced too.

Posted by: Dustoff at May 14, 2010 1:37 PM

Damn, I wish I wasn't so cynical!
All I saw was a large thuggish-looking pol doing breath-of-fresh-air soprano-schtick.

We shall see about that "escape hatch".
We shall see if he does things that guarantees he loses the next election.

All this stuff about smaller government is just so much bumpf, and he knows it. That LARGE man will not usher in SMALL government.

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at May 14, 2010 1:43 PM

Compare to this nutter, who Obama & Holder would think makes sense.!

Posted by: Fred at May 14, 2010 1:46 PM

Dave: The target is centrists. All you need do is convince a tiny proportionof them to "take a chance" on smaller government. But, you need to convince them to do so, and Mr. Harper couldn't convince a drowning man to catch a life jacket.

Posted by: Cjunk at May 14, 2010 2:05 PM

"Despite the initial misgivings over his degree of experience, Christie proceeded to earn praise for his history of convictions for public corruption. During his tenure, Christie's office won convictions or guilty pleas from 130 public officials, both Republican and Democratic, on the state, county and local levels without losing a single case.[12] The most notable of these convictions included those of Hudson County Executive Robert C. Janiszewski in 2002 on bribery charges,[13] Essex County Executive James W. Treffinger in 2003 on corruption charges,[14] former New Jersey Senate President John A. Lynch, Jr. in 2006 on charges of mail fraud and tax evasion,[15] State Senator and former Newark mayor Sharpe James in 2008 on fraud charges,[16] and State Senator Wayne"

130 convictions on fraud and no losses, do you think the guy is serious on anti-corruption? Give your head a shake...

Posted by: Hans Rupprecht at May 14, 2010 2:11 PM

Well, pardon my cynicism, but while 130-0 fraud convictions is impressive, so what? He's a highly skilled lawyer with an eye to a future political career. Doesn't mean he won't be as prone to corruption himself. After all, he IS a lawyer.

Martha Stewart was successfully prosecuted too, remember. That was a win statistic for the thuggish prosecutor. And let's remember that university sports team which was convicted of raping that black stripper. That was a successful prosecution too, eh, which was thankfully overturned.

I knew nothing about the cat -- was just commenting on what I saw on that clip: another BOSS pol who said "pi**ed" on TV and said nonsense about smaller government which is not possible. [see Thatcher, Reagan].

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at May 14, 2010 2:36 PM

How about a couple of binding plebiscite questions on the next federal election ballot:

"Shall all MPs be subjected to a yearly A-G audit and the results made public? Yes. No."

"Shall the CBC be privatized or if not, closed by the end of next year? Yes. No."

Posted by: Sgt Lejaune at May 14, 2010 2:49 PM

I have been watching christi for awhile now ...Iknew he was good for the job ......for now just seems that way now you can never fully trust anyone in politics sad but true ..i beelive he will get jersey sorted out though and them roe he stands up for the people the longer he will be welcomed to serve . good luck .

As for our canadian politics .....uuhhhhhhhaaa...i just threw up in the back of my mouth !!!

Paul in calgary .

Posted by: paul at May 14, 2010 2:50 PM

Gee, give that guy a Canadian accent and he'd sound just like ................jeeez, I don't know?

Posted by: Jamie MacMaster at May 14, 2010 2:59 PM

Me No Dhimmi
[........smaller government which is not possible. [see Thatcher, Reagan].]

Naw you are a dhimmi----or at least a "fence-post Liberal. Harris showed it was possible. The main problem for Harris was a coupla drunk swivellel servants in Walkerton who had been occupying a feather bed for decades. McSquinty (financed by the teachers unions) promptly undid most of Harris' cost saving reforms and among other things took the education system from the ministry and gave it to the unions.
Fence-post Liberal = a useful idiot who would vote for a fence-post with a Liberal banner on it.

Posted by: sasquatch at May 14, 2010 3:16 PM

Cjunk, I think you are asking the impossible of socialist eastern Canada. Harper,IMHO, has done the best job in the G20 steering us through this economic crisis, which isn't over by a long shot as we see in Europe. He has brought in excellent policies, obtained a majority in the Senate, is well respected globally as a statesman but you could have a cross between Reagan and Brad Pitt and you still would be in minority status or worse.

As long as the Bloc is able to get all that greedy Quebecers want there will be no change there and slim hopes for a majority.

Of course being Conservatives we will sharpen the knives and stab Harper in the back and then get to spend another decade(s)wandering in the political wilderness looking for that elusive saviour.

Posted by: Dave at May 14, 2010 3:26 PM

Here's a great Newt Gingrich smackdown:

Posted by: Sooke at May 14, 2010 3:32 PM

Nobody is saying that stuff in Canadian politics today. Nobody.

And they need to.

That is the "tone" I'm looking for. A little less polish and a little more "I'm here to shrink government, right now."

Posted by: The Phantom at May 14, 2010 3:51 PM

Palin, Christie, Fraser- with their powers combined they are a triumvirate of fiscal responsibility and awesomeness.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at May 14, 2010 3:53 PM

As much as I yearn for the day that a politician speaks what he believes without flinching (and also happens to believe what I do, but that's another dream..) the problem is mostly with the Canadian people. Canadians are fat and comfy. They don't want someone to speak about reality. They like having the media sort it all out for them. If that weren't true, the liberal left wouldn't have such a hold on our media/education and politics. Canadians ARE PC. Its not intelligent, but its a lot easier.

Posted by: lwestin at May 14, 2010 3:59 PM

Dave: You're using the same lame excuses that Tories always fall back on when they evolve into progressives. Steyn is right I guess ... conservatives simply become caretakers of a vast progressive bureaucracy.

Harper and CPC are proving themselves to be nothing more than that ... caretakers who have actually expanded government in order to cling to power instead of leading with ideas, vision, and clear communication ... in power for a while until the LPC find a leader who has an ounce of charisma. Then they'll crush us like bugs.

Posted by: Cjunk at May 14, 2010 4:04 PM

Harper's only problem is that he's been villified so long and lied about so much by the Opposition that gullible people (majority of Canadians) tend to believe the Lie.

That was a great smackdown of that d-bag "journalist".

Posted by: grok at May 14, 2010 4:06 PM

Its time for Western Cdns to stand up tell Eastern Cdns how its going to be.We are in the drivers seat we dont need an apoligist, we need somebody who knows how to drive.CBC is ready to roll over sit up and beg, they see the world news even if they wont tell the rest of Canada.A Western Independence Party would have them crapping their pants.We should watch this, Google we are change confronts Jay Rockefeller. This is the spirit we need Ive said it here before, Im tired of getting the government the rest of you deserve.

Posted by: mikeg at May 14, 2010 4:20 PM

Re: Gov. Christie
There is some, ever so gentle drift to accountability, Gov. Christie of NJ and Jan Brewer ofArizona.
Gov. Christie was elected on what he said he would do, is it not interesting that so many never listened and did not hear?
There was once, beginning a two decades or so ago another politician like that right here in Canada. He said what he was going to do and did exactly that. Got reelected a number of times. Teachers and nurses anti was fierce. Did succumb to the nurses in his second or third term. That was his biggest mistake. Did get reelected again and again. His name was Ralph Klein. Eventually there was no challenge to go on. The DOME decease as he called it, set in.

Re: MPs refuse to let Auditor-General review their expenses
How is it that those that are (not only supposed to be) in fact servants of people of Canada, including those that did not vote for them, refuse an inquiry into how they drink, dine and hobnob on other peoples money, if they do. Other than their pay.

Posted by: Lev at May 14, 2010 5:05 PM

And on the other side of the coin, you have a clown like Obama who can talk for 15 minutes and never answer a straight question.

Christie is a model for all politicians.

Posted by: John Luft at May 14, 2010 5:05 PM

Maybe Christy will give Harper lessons in finding his onions.

Posted by: Dim REaper at May 14, 2010 5:11 PM

Sadly, I think Dave is more right than Cjunk as far as the PM goes. There are generations of voters out there that will grab any thread of an excuse to continue their ways and vote lieberal. Those on the fence who voted Tory last time will slump right back and declare that Stephen Harper and the gang haven't done enough, fast enough even though it is a minority government. Don't let the fact that we are in the best financial shape of any of the G20 get in the way of the MSM tsk tsking over the least hair out of place.
Make no mistake, any political party that is still promising to put a chicken in every pot is as honest as the (no more taxes) NDP government in Nova Scotia. Our HST is going up to 15% thank you very much. Those who want change, be careful of what you ask for. Bandwidth prevents me from listing other election promises.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at May 14, 2010 5:33 PM

"It’s devastating, the worst it’s ever been," said DiMuzio, who sent out 300 non-renewal notices to teachers and support staff. "
I think he is serious. Declining enrollments, increased teaching staff and higher cost per student.
Look at it this way, if he ain't pretty, he just might be good to have made it that far.

Posted by: Speedy at May 14, 2010 5:36 PM

Well then, send in the clowns. November can't come soon enough.

Posted by: tim in vermont at May 14, 2010 5:40 PM

Cjunk, I don't remember giving you any lame excuses just saying how it is. Let me give you one more example of how difficult it is to get a Conservative elected in Toronto. I honestly don't know why we even bother anymore.

McGuinty has bankrupted Ontario, it is a have-not province for its 1st time, 25.8 billion deficit, increased the government payroll by 215,000, 1 billion pissed away on EHealth, he is a liar, taxes through the roof, Hydro rate soaring 40%+, $1.5 billion for all day kindergarten to appease the Teachers Union, and on and on.

Result in Toronto by-election with Sue-Ann Levy, an MBA and Sun journalist, Liberals 47.51%, Cons 28.33%. What message is sent to McGuinty, carry on, we're with you no matter what you do.

Posted by: Dave at May 14, 2010 5:52 PM

Yeah!! 'love it when people act tough and mighty! This "I ain't takin it no more" diatribe is exactly what I'm looking to have regurgitated to me over and over again when I visit websites that are in line with my political opinions.

Posted by: Perry T. at May 14, 2010 6:32 PM

If more Conservatives acted like it. Harper would not now have a minority.
Thats the death knell. Listening to progressives or worse believing they really matter.
Its a con, most Canadians have no truck with lefties except Toronto.
This guy calls his shots. A real man in other words, not just a mouth that speaks.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at May 14, 2010 6:40 PM

Lev @5:05...
Mike Harris was another premier who did what he said he would do...and with the same results...unions will diss him forever...even tho (or because) he cleaned up the Dipper mess made by Rae-daze.
And as Dave has clearlt explained in
La La'tario...lying pols like Mcguinty get a pass.

I hope some true small government Canadian conservatives take lessons from Gov. Christie, but even if they did the electorate wouldn't change.

Posted by: bluetech at May 14, 2010 6:44 PM

BTW...I'd love some to see some feedback from reporter "Tom".

Posted by: bluetech at May 14, 2010 6:46 PM

They [Canadians] don't want someone to speak about reality.

Oh, come now: nor do Americans. See: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the poltical graveyard that awaits anyone touching these.
Much of the anti-Obamacare movement was seniors essentially saying "hands off MY medicare" NOT government get out of my life!

Sasquatch, my good man:
Me No Fencepost Liberal? LOL. Classical liberal maybe. I'm a libertarian. At one point a minarchist, now more a anarcho-capitalist or, a descriptor I prefer, private property anarchist. I've come to feel that it is impossible to shrink the state. I'm for abolition of the state, period. I know it's hopeless, but so is this ever-refreshed hope in the promise of a new politician, which I find to be childish.

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at May 14, 2010 6:56 PM

Dave's right man.

McGuinty could rape Ontario, drive us into deep deficit, drive up the cost of energy so that everyone is paying more hydro and people would still vote for them. (Oh wait he did).

Canada is complacent right now, we're not in the biggest of trouble. New Jersey is. Wait until we get there, then people might wake up.

Posted by: langmann at May 14, 2010 7:16 PM

Harper and his gutless bunch could learn something from this guy....

Posted by: altaguy at May 14, 2010 7:24 PM

I don't think the political parties in Canada realise how utterly freaking fed up we the people are with their arrogant snotty entitled attitudes. The fact that they can lawfully deny we the people the right to audit their expense accounts tells me that we are on the cusp of a thugacracy. Harper sure doesn't seem to speak out clearly or openly to we the people. We need to change, because our current crop of Politicians don't give a damn about us or this nation, my opinion only.

Posted by: rose at May 14, 2010 7:53 PM

Yeah!! 'love it when people act tough and mighty! This "I ain't takin it no more" diatribe is exactly what I'm looking to have regurgitated to me over and over again when I visit websites that are in line with my political opinions.

Let's see, that's three comments on the same theme, posted through a German anonymizer. Getting under your skin, am I?

Posted by: Kate at May 14, 2010 8:13 PM

Escape hatch.
Yeah, he said a bunch with just those two words.
Escape hatch baby.

Posted by: Rob @ dailyrasp at May 14, 2010 8:16 PM

Honest and refreshing :-)

Posted by: Robert of Ottawa at May 14, 2010 9:23 PM

Cjunk at May 14, 2010 12:19 PM

I agree with you but the Conservatives are playing with a stacked deck (against them) with the establishment media.

Canada has its own peculiar history of "familly compact" government. And it still exists today - the Desmarais (liberal) familly. For them, Canada is their natural fiefdome.

Posted by: Robert of Ottawa at May 14, 2010 9:29 PM

well Robert, I spent some time yesterday watching B. Hussien Tv, so yeah, this qualifies as "honest and refreshing" ... it's "perspective" ;)
and as someone else said, I'd like whatever he had for breakfast served to the Conservatives in Canada.

Posted by: marc in calgary at May 14, 2010 9:52 PM

An old cowboy once told me that "Actions speak louder than words". I would stack what PM Harper has done against what any US Governor or President has done any day.

Reagan the Great Communicator really didn't change the US. Witness the election of Clinton a scant 4 years after Reagan left office. I am hoping that PM Harper's legacy will be a bit longer lasting. From what I have seen it probably will.

Posted by: Joe at May 14, 2010 10:02 PM

R of O-

Are you not still paying the "family" for services rendered?

I believe they got a successful "cut" of the Oil-for-Food biz.

When do they get their chessboard "bumped"?

While they're vacuuming up all them there nickels...

Posted by: Melinda Romanoff at May 14, 2010 10:12 PM

Video .... gone.

Posted by: OMMAG at May 14, 2010 10:35 PM

Did anyone save the video? Would love to see it.

Posted by: Western Canadian at May 14, 2010 10:39 PM

Here is a link to another site that has the video embedded...

See Indyposted

Not a bad news site there!

Posted by: OMMAG at May 14, 2010 10:43 PM

Video is still up at American Digest

Posted by: TerryH at May 14, 2010 10:46 PM

Tom Moran's (he's the reporter that asked the question) website also has the video up.

 The comments on Moran's website suggest NJ taxpayers tire of being slaves to a government that is supposed to serve them.

 Dependants of the state also respond, demanding to retain their share of other people's money.

Posted by: TerryH at May 14, 2010 11:00 PM

Thanks, that was great.

Posted by: Western Canadian at May 14, 2010 11:01 PM

"cities east of Manitoba"

Cough. Cough. You mean east of Saskatchewan. Manitoba is Canada's Cuban province minus the cigars and the missiles, but with the Federal Transfer payments befitting its status as Canada's largest urban reserve.

Posted by: Manitoba Moose at May 15, 2010 12:24 AM

Like you, Joe, I am very proud of what our Prime Minister has done to date. The msm have a juvenile hatred for PMSH. They gush over Hussein Obama and they gush over trashy Liberals and Dippers; terrorists... the msm want their 'entitlements' and they will sink to any level of misinformation to get their greedy little paws back in the Fed piggy bank. The simple fact that the msm despises PMSH should be sufficient evidence for any thinking citizen to back this fine man 100%.

BTW Glen Beck is mopping the floor with Unca Mo right now - I wonder if some of the Oil for $$ folks in the Liberano Party/ msm Liberano camp crumb gatherers are feeling a bit nauseous vomiting in their mouths (A 'Beckism' Cjunk used above). The screeching and flopping in the media and in the Troika coalition are a 'cry for help'; some people here appear to be extending a hand!

I do agree with what you have said, Dave.

We need not get our knickers in a knot because our Prime Minister is not fool enough to throw out the baby with the bathwater. PMSH is the Prime Minister of Canada; maybe we should target more of our disgust at some very weak limp wristed Premiers (including Conservative Premiers). We need a fresh batch of Premiers across Canada, the only Premiers worth their paychecks are Brad Wall and Danny Williams. Danny stands up for the citizens of Newfoundland because they are the people he serves. Brad Wall has pulled Saskatchewan out of the Red Commie Hell of failure...the rest of the batch, not so much.

Posted by: Jema54 at May 15, 2010 1:39 AM

New Jersey is almost as rotten as New York.


Posted by: Fred2 at May 15, 2010 8:54 AM

Since "small government" is a common theme in many posts, as someone who is "government" to a whole lot of Canadians, I'll leave you with a couple of thoughts:

The only democratic expression of Parliament comes from government - the civil service. Everything else is theatre. If government is to act democratically, it will be me that will do it, not politicians, nor parliament, nor voters. It will be me that makes it democratic when government takes action. It may not be my orders, but it is my mandate.

If you want smaller government, you have to elect politicians who will rescind statutes, who will promise to enact no new laws - only fine-tune, rescind or amend existing laws. Have that conversation with a candidate sometime - I guarantee it will be an illuminating and fun experience.

Every law passed, expanded or tweaked requires oversight if its going to be applied equitably, or according to its directives. That requires civil servants. There is no escaping this. Reducing the number of civil servants without a reduction in the legal overburden only guarantees non-compliance and inequality of administration. It only guarantees misapplication of law to maintain public perception of political action. Given to their own devices, Canadians will only obey laws they believe will lead to personal penalty if they don't. The rest are for others to follow, and that requires civil servants to make sure they do... LOL!

Posted by: Skip at May 15, 2010 9:51 AM

Every high profile politician in the free world is a puppet of the global banksters and the powerful elite...Christie might be speaking honestly and from the heart right now but would his words be followed by real action say his accession took him all the way to the White House?

I simply do not trust any politician anymore...They do not serve the people. Period.

Big changes are coming world wide...We are at a crossroad.

Total tyranny and enslavement is leading the match right now again'st Mr. freedom and self determination who is weak, limping and bloodied.
Ain't lookin good.

Posted by: Right Honorable Terry Tory at May 15, 2010 2:08 PM

Listening to these Harpies is just amazing. "We can't convince the progressives, so lets try anyway and bury our principles". The mindless love of Dear Leader is the worst thing that has ever happened to the Canadian Right. We need to split (as in 'reestablish') the Federal Right. At worst, it'll be like the '90s when the government cut back the civil service, balanced the budget, and cut the odd tax. Save us Bernier!

Posted by: Cytotoxic at May 15, 2010 2:58 PM

Is the revival of the 'ghost' of the UN/Unca Mo/Liberano/Dumbocrate involvement in the starvation of Iraqi people for the benefit of evil people hater's bank accounts getting your dander up; Cytoxic? Glenn Beck is watched by millions of people.

The rats clear the decks when the sun rises.

Posted by: Jema 54 at May 15, 2010 3:20 PM

Could you possibly make less sense?

Posted by: Cytotoxic at May 16, 2010 1:57 PM

You don't need to vote Liberal because the Conservatives ARE the Liberals. I mean, Harper has done just about everything the Libs have asked for, including spending money WE DON'T HAVE, in order to "soften" a recession (yet to become a depression).

I agree with CJunk. Is there a friggin conservative, straight talking, straight shooting leader amongst them? I say not.

Posted by: Aizlynne at May 16, 2010 8:57 PM