Merkel hits the proverbial nail on the head...

"We don't have too much Islam, we have too little Christianity. We have too few discussions about the Christian view of mankind..."
This excerpt from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's latest speech will no doubt create a firestorm of tiny little hissy fits in the brains of millions of Progressives - Worlwide.  Samuel Gregg offers a poignant commentary here.

In short Merkel is saying nothing that should surprise anyone.  Europe is in a state of cultural crisis - a crisis similar though different than the one starting in Quebec right now.  Multiculturalism, widespread new age liberalism, moral relativism all combined with low birth rates has created a perfect storm with the arrival of new Muslim immigrants.

As a result of Europe denying the historical fact of its European Christianity, and embracing a view of the world that has led to it's own death, an identity crisis is in full swing.

What European culture needs is to be more confident.  Confident cultures don't have panic attacks when new comers come into the mix.

The Bloc Tory Coalition

The rumour seems to be showing some truth.

I find the media spin on this quite surprising. The Bloc joined the Tories in blocking (no pun intended) an attempt to open competitive bids for the CF18 jet replacement.

Apparently Bloc MPs were "looking to protect the Quebec-based aerospace industry..."  

Not too long ago Stephen Harper was lumping the nefarious Bloc with the NDP and the Fiberals as anti-aerospace for daring to question the uncompetitive contract.  Apparently the Bloc had a change in heart regarding the uncompetitive nature of this process.

It's well more than possible that as this session of parliament comes to an end, and then comes another, that some well placed victories may be coming to Stephen Haper... Along with a shiny new arena in Quebec.

That Tricky Senate

The cry babies on the left are whining their little plump urban elite behinds out.  Their climate change bill got the Senatorial treatment - the thing got killed like a Senate reform bill.

Now those oh-so-much-smarter-than-the-rest-of-us "progressives" have suddenly woken up and realized that the Senate is being - gasp ! - UNDEMOCRATIC.

Well gee now, that seems peculiar.  It's filled with bozos who have never had to once face a ballot box, or canvass a poll.  None of them can get fired.  The PM appointed them.  They can do whatever they want without any consequences.  Yep that sounds pretty undemocratic to me.

So does that mean that the Laytonators out there are now suddenly going to be converted to the Senate reform bandwagon?  Will they finally give up this silly stalling tactic of pushing for a "PR Senate" and nothing else?

They liked the "undemocracy" of the Senate when it suited their ends for the past 30 years of liberal governments... How can the people that blocked Harper's senate reform now turn around and decry him giving up and using the Senate exactly the way he didn't want to in the first place?

When you're on the Road to Damascus, just when do you start to realize the stupidity of your previous actions?

The Iggy Tax

Close your eyes.  Take a deep breath.  Imagine this situation:  

Massive financial and economic crisis.  Government steps in and bails out a number of large corporations.  Under the gun, the state moves to inject a huge monetary stimulus into the economy.  Government is spending like drunken medicinal marijuana smoking Dippers.  Birth rates are dangerously low.  Populations are aging at a rapid pace as the average age increases and increases.  Soaring health care costs continue to hammer government coffers.

You know what sounds like a great idea?  Let's raise taxes and expand our already generous unsustainable health care system.  Who cares about the long term anyways - hell we're all dead in the long term!  Burn baby burn!...

I don't know what math they teach you down in Harvard, but the Puffster's arithmetic needs a double check.