My column in the Sun Media yesterday, in which I proposed a conservative-sounding speech for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, generated an incredible response.
Most of it was positive, along the lines of "I wish the Prime Minister really would talk like that."
But it wasn't all supportive.
I got a negative reaction from the usual left-wing types and also from people who support the Conservative Party's current Liberal-lite approach.
One "Blogging Tory" in particular got all out of sorts.
Among other things, he or she took me to task for my idea that a conservative government should cut its spending.
This individual says conservatives actually only believe in eliminating "ineffectual spending."
This I suppose is in contrast to the Liberals whose slogan in the last federal election was "vote for us because we support ineffectual spending."
Anyway, one problem with this Blogging Tory's approach is that while it's easy to say you are opposed to ineffectual or wasteful spending, it's a lot harder to actually find it.
In fact, what constitutes wasteful government spending is a matter of opinion. Every single cent the government spends is crucial or important to somebody.
In other words, you will find someone or some organization to passionately defend every government expenditure no matter how outrageous it may seem to ordinary taxpayers.
So to say you favour eliminating only ineffectual spending is basically the same as saying you won't cut any government spending.
And indeed, that's why governments rarely do cut spending.
Yet if you agree that government is too big, that it's too intrusive and that it takes too much of our money, then its spending must be cut.
That's not a fantasy or an extreme ideology, it's just a fact.