Stephen Harper channeling US Presidents?

Stephen Harper on the economy today in the Northwest Territories:

“Somebody said a recession is when people start losing their jobs, and when your neighbour loses his job. There are job losses, but overall employment is pretty stable”

That somebody the Prime Minister refers to was former US President Ronald Reagan during the 1980 Presidential campaign:

“A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”

And remember the Conservative line?:

“The Conservative Party supports Canadians that work hard, pay their taxes and play by the rules”

Thank Bill Clinton:

“My tax cut plan will give families a $500 per child tax credit. The congressional plan denies the child credit to up to 4.8 million families who make less than $30,000 a year. But these families work hard, pay their taxes, and play by the rules.”

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  • http://searchingforliberty.blogspot.com/ Rob H.

    We could do worse than a middle ground between Ron Regan and Bill Clinton.. Bill's brains, with Ron's fiscal priorities.

  • William

    PM Harper is very much the average Joe Canadian, Canada will do rather well with Harper at the helm for the next 10 to 12 years.

    No-More Liberal/Socialist elites, they're only goal is to get rich at our expense!

    Long live truth, justice and the Stephen Harper way!

  • woofus

    Ron's fiscal priorities included running up the biggest debt in US history.

    But Harper is no Ronald Reagan. “Work hard [for us] pay taxes [to us] and obey the rules [made by us].”

    Now back to work, slaves, the Conservative Party needs your money!

  • batb

    woofus (did I get the first letter right?): “Now back to work, slaves, the Conservative Party needs your money!”

    EXCUSE ME? COME AGAIN?

    The Conservative Party, contrary to your assertion, doesn't actually need Canadians' money. Canadians have already willingly and voluntarily donated money to the Conservatives because they are happy with the way the CPC is conducting the nation's business. Is freely donating money to a political party something that slaves do?

    Do you know, woofus, which party does need Canadians' money and which party looks upon the Canadian electorate as “slaves”? That would be the political party I suspect you support: the Liberal Party of Canada. They have been able to raise only 1/3 of what the Conservatives have raised through grass roots' donations. The LPC raised $5-million from their supporters to the $15-million raised by the CPC.

    So, it's actually the LPC that “needs Canadians' money” to fund their incessant obsession for power. It helps to get your facts straight.

    woof, woof

  • Kez

    Note also that Brian Mulroney also used the Reagan recession/depression/recovery line in the '80s, but swapping Jimmy Carter for Pierre Trudeau.

  • Manuel

    Would rather give the CPC my money over power corp any day.

  • Bluie's Ghost

    You mean, have the PM's speechwriters been plagiarizing feel-good throw-away lines from old presidents' speeches? Probably. There's only so many ways you can say “Daddy wuvs you”.

    If the PM is channeling anyone it's Karl Marx. Pay attention to the substance of his speeches. It's all Big Government, all the time.

  • Liz J

    Oh the distance the Liberals and their apologists will veer from the facts , hoping some of their falsehoods will stick.
    It's the Liberals who are close to paupers and it's all of their own design, can't blame anyone else. They are the ones who will be begging “Woofus” for money.

    The Liberals and their “grass roots” supporters are not accustomed to donating money. They're used to relying on the big corporations which in turn got rewarded. Worked well until Johnny Chretien changed things, but not before he was on his way to being pressed out by the man of failed expectations, Paul Martin. It was another method by which they presented themselves as the party for the little guy and just as phony as Chretien presenting himself as The Little Guy from Shawinigan.

  • Anonymous

    Isn't there a difference between “channeling” and plagiarizing?

  • http://www.wolk.ca Darryl Wolk

    I have always said there is a lot more in common between Obama and Harper than there is between Dion and Obama. If you look at Afghanistan, taxes and the environment; Obama sounds very similar to Harper.

  • Gabby in QC

    “If you look at Afghanistan, taxes and the environment; Obama sounds very similar to Harper.”

    You’re right. While listening to Obama’s acceptance speech yesterday the very same thought crossed my mind. Of course, a major difference on delivery.

    And as for “channeling” vs “plagiarizing” the similarity in speeches shows that politicians, despite some people’s expectations for government to do everything for them including wipe their nose and perhaps other parts of their anatomy, cannot and will not be reinventing the wheel.

  • Gabby in QC

    “If you look at Afghanistan, taxes and the environment; Obama sounds very similar to Harper.”

    You’re right. While listening to Obama’s acceptance speech yesterday the very same thought crossed my mind. Of course, a major difference on delivery.

    And as for “channeling” vs “plagiarizing” the similarity in speeches shows that politicians, despite some people’s expectations for government to do everything for them including wipe their nose and perhaps other parts of their anatomy, cannot and will not be reinventing the wheel.

  • Gabby in QC

    “If you look at Afghanistan, taxes and the environment; Obama sounds very similar to Harper.”

    You’re right. While listening to Obama’s acceptance speech yesterday the very same thought crossed my mind. Of course, a major difference on delivery.

    And as for “channeling” vs “plagiarizing” the similarity in speeches shows that politicians, despite some people’s expectations for government to do everything for them including wipe their nose and perhaps other parts of their anatomy, cannot and will not be reinventing the wheel.

  • http://nbtaxpayers.blogspot.com/ nbt

    How 'bout when Barack used the the line “what is seen and unseen” thursday night in Denver. A little Libertarian magic from Basiat maybe?

  • http://sabigail.blogspot.com Shawn Abigail

    … or, Harper is well read. True, that would be a long shot given the nature of Canadian politics, but it just might be possible that we have a PM who reads books and not just briefing papers.

  • woofus

    It's pretty clear from the above quote that it's your tax money the Conservatives covet, not your donations.

    Not that they're sad to see your cheques come rolling in, but the most generous (legal) political donations are but chump change compared to the vast amounts of money that accrue to those in and connected to a party once they have achieved power.

    Anyone who thinks that a vast, octopus-like government is crooked when run by Liberals but clean and wholesome when run by “their guys” is either a dissembling partisan who hopes to participate in the division of the loot, or if not benefiting from the redistribution, is a silly ass who doesn't know what's good for them.

    The most painful part about federal politics is that this so-called Conservative party actually dared at one time, to say that government was too big and that people need more freedom and fewer nannies. Now the most dedicated cheerleaders for the party (cough, hacks) won't spend a single jot or tittle of their blog space or column inches discussing Conservative policies as such. That's because the policies are nothing but a massive dose of the same socialist crapola they once claimed to despise. This blog for example – Harper was up north rambling on like an old-time commie about how his government is going to continue to do everything for (to) the northerners as before, and much, much more. Real conservatives know damn well that the more government money is poured into an area the more useless, dissolute and debauched the people become. So partisan supporters don't say a damned thing about that part of his speech. Too painful, for anyone with a shred of commonsense (and morals). Instead, let's focus on the ridiculous, meaningless feel-good quotes that some hack plagiarized 'cause he wanted to hurry up and finish the speech and get out to the cottage to enjoy the last summer weekend of the year. Way to go guys – you're keeping these guys in clover. And if they can score enough corporate board memberships, jobs at government contractors, thinktanks, senate seats and permanent civil service jobs (implementing the bogus policies they invented when they were in power) then you're going to set them up for life. All because you think that Big Government works when the right people are running it.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca stephentaylor

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  • andrewwang

    Speaking of Stephen Harper:

    Stephen Harper would condemn George W. Bush’s hate crimes.

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did.

    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

    Bush was absolute evil.

    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

    Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about.

    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    (I can type 90 words per minute. In only 7 days, posts basically like this post of mine have come into existence—all over the Internet (hundreds of copies). One can go to Google USA right now, type “George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism,” hit “Enter,” and find more than 350 copies indicating the content of this post. All in all, there are probably more than 1,000 copies on the Internet indicating the content of this post—it has practically become headline news. One cannot be too dedicated when it comes to anti-Bush activities. As I looked back at my good computer work, I thought how fun and easy it was to do it.)

    “GEORGE W. BUSH IS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY” BLOG OF ANDREW YU-JEN WANG
    _________________
    I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think it came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.