One of the good things about Twitter is you get to eavesdrop on conversations.
For instance, last week I noticed an interesting exchange between the current head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Kevin Gaudet, and Jason Kenney, a former president of the CTF who today serves as the Conservative Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.
It began when Kenney “tweeted” about the federal government’s stimulus package thusly: “The Libs say our infrastructure projects are only going to CPC ridings. Really? I've announced 2 projects in opposition ridings in 2 days.”
This led Gaudet to reply: “@MinJK You wouldn't have bragged of this when you were a fiscal conservative.”
To which Kenney countered “@KevinGaudet I'm proud to belong to a conservative government that has cut taxes by $190 billion, to their lowest level in 4 decades.”
In other words, Kenney was essentially saying, “don’t worry we are still fiscal conservatives because we are cutting taxes.”
The problem with that argument is the Conservatives are actually raising taxes not cutting them.
It’s just that their tax hikes have been put off into the future.
After all, the Tories have burdened the country with a $56 billion deficit. Sooner or later that will have to be paid, either through massive spending cuts or through tax increases or both.
I just hope they don’t put a tax on tweets!
Crossposted at the Libertas Post.