Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Talking points memo

Conservatives, whether small "c" or large "c", are very good at getting their messages out.

Right-wing movements are very effective at getting their message out, and staying on message.

The left-wing, small "l" liberal and "progressive" movements have not been, in recent history, skilled at getting their message out in a cohesive way.

An examination of why the left can't create a unified message, but the right can could take up an entire book, and I'm not writing it because I have enough trouble keeping up with my blog.

The big "c" Conservatives already have their message condensed to talking points which they've made available.

In the three elections the Liberal, NDP and Green's message has been overwhelmed by the Conservative's message.

They are about to do it again.

Below are the Conservative talking points related to the current political situation.

Economy

  • Liberals consistently planned ‘surprise surpluses’ by overtaxing Canadians in order to pay for their overblown spending priorities.
  • NDP want to reverse tax cuts for business and make Canadian industry less competitive.
  • Under the Conservatives, we have the lowest unemployment rate in 33 years.
  • More than $37 billion of the National Debt has been paid off.
  • Conservatives believe in lower taxes as we pay down the national debt.

Opposition lacks mandate to take power

  • Is anyone else outraged by what the Opposition Parties are doing in Ottawa?
  • We’re not even two months removed from the last election, and a group of backroom politicians are going to pick who the Prime Minister is. Canadians didn’t vote for this person. We don’t even know who this person will be.
  • Not a single voter voted for a Liberal-NDP coalition. Certainly not a single voter voted for the Liberals to form a coalition with the separatists in the Bloc.
  • Add – what’s worse the Liberals even promised that there wouldn’t be a coalition with the NDP – this is all about power, all about money and they don’t even want to face the voters
  • This is what bothers me the most. The Conservatives won the election. The Opposition keeps saying that the Conservatives have to respect the will of the voters that this is a minority and so on.
  • …how about Liberals, NDP and Bloc respecting the will of the voters when they said “YOU LOSE”.
  • And what’s this going to do to the economy. I’m sorry, I don’t care how desperate the Liberals are – giving socialists (Jack Layton) and separatists (Gilles Duceppe) a veto over every decision in government – that is a recipe for total economic disaster.
  • Here is what is bothering me about all of this backroom opposition coalition talk.
  • Sure it bothers me that parties Canadian rejected are trying to seize power through the back door.
  • But how more phony could these guys be?
  • I mean, I follow the news, virtually every single day you have Harper or Flaherty out there telegraphing exactly what they plan to do with the economy. And not once did you hear the Liberals, NDP or separatists talking about toppling the government in response.
  • No – do you know what set this off. When Flaherty said he was going to take taxpayer-funded subsidies away from the opposition. Now there is a reason to try and overturn an election– because the Conservatives the audacity to say “Hey, it’s a recession, maybe you should take your nose out of the trough.”
  • And I wish the media would be more clear on this point – the opposition aren’t being singled out by this fact the Conservatives stand to lose the most money of all. The only difference is that Canadians are voluntarily giving money the Conservatives, so they don’t need taxpayer handouts. The only reason the opposition would be hurt more is because nobody wants to donate to them. They should be putting their efforts towards fixing that problem.
  • I don’t want another election. But what I want even less is a surprise backroom Prime Minister whom I never even had the opportunity to vote for or against. What an insult to democracy.
Related Links
Stand Up for Canada [Conservative Party of Canada]
Talking Points Memo [The site where I ripped off the title for this blog post]

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