Friday, January 30, 2009

Obama Is a Two-Faced Liar. Aw-RIGHT!

This article by Greg Palast is really hilarious, and right on target! If only Harper's new budget were more like Obama's package!

Obama Is a Two-Faced Liar. Aw-RIGHT!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Spread the Wealth, Soak the Rich

Two excellent articles have recently appeared on The first article by Steve Weissman, Spread the Wealth? Soak the Rich?, explains precisely why progressive taxation and the resulting "spreading the wealth" is good for democracy, is inherently fair and moral, and represents good economic policy.

The second article by Michael Winship, For Whom the Bailout Tolls, really puts into perspective recent rants from the McCain campaign in the US against "spreading the wealth" through progressive taxation. What the Bush neo-conservatives and their corporate friends have been doing is precisely that, spreading the wealth, except that they have been acting like reverse Robin Hoods, taxing and exploiting average Americans and spreading the wealth upwards to themselves. This is a fine companion piece to Steve Weissman's article, demonstrating precisely why we need to reverse decades of doing the exact opposite and why progressives need to talk a lot more about a trickle-up theory of economics as an antidote to the self-serving trickle-down theory favoured by right-wingers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Thank to all my supporters for your placing your confidence in me and the NDP team on October 14th. And special thanks the small but incredibly hard-working NDP campaign team who helped keep our vision of Canada in the public eye. While we didn't pull off any upsets here in staunchly-conservative Nepean-Carleton, the 14th was a success story for the NDP across Canada, ensuring that we will be in a position to hold the Harper government accountable in the new Parliament. Meanwhile, we'll keep building for next time!

Thanks again,

Phil Brown

Monday, October 13, 2008

Phil Brown on Peace and Human Rights

I completely endorse the positions taken by Jack Layton and the NDP with respect to peace and human rights issues. My personal decisions to run for the NDP in both 2004 and 2008 were motivated in large measure by my opposition to George’s Bush’s aggressive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the militarization of space through so-called “missile defence”, and the erosion of civil liberties and international law in the name of the so-called “war on terror”. Guantanamo Bay, extra-judicial renditions and the prosecution of child soldier Omar Khadr tarnish the US reputation as a liberal democracy as well as all those other nations who fail to speak up against such abuses. In Canada, only the NDP has stood up forcefully to Stephen Harper in his slavish support of George Bush’s dangerous and indefensible policies.

Jack Layton's complete resonse to the questionnaire

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New Democrats make good fiscal managers!

The Conservatives and Liberals have been trying to convince Canadians that the NDP cannot be trusted to run a fiscally-prudent government. They tell Canadians that the NDP will spend us into a deficit, the NDP cannot be trusted with fiscal management, and that he NDP are radical socialists who never met a tax they didn't like. They have a lot of Canadians convinced. But all of these statements are wrong. In fact, according to the Department of Finance, the NDP has the best record of any party in Canada when it comes to balancing budgets.

Tommy Douglas ran 17 consecutive balanced budgets while Premier of Saskatchewan and Roy Romanow's New Democrats took Saskatchewan out from under a Conservative deficit and continued to balance the budget.

Brian Mulroney talked about deficit reduction throughout his nine years as Prime Minister of Canada but he almost bankrupted the country, increasing our cumulative national debt from less than $200 billion when he took office in 1984 to nearly $550 billion by the time he left in 1993

In Ontario, the NDP is blamed for having run deficits under Bob Rae during a recession, but Mike Harris' Conservatives gets a free pass. In fact, Mike Harris and Ernie Eves behaved much like Mulroney, preaching fiscal restraint while slashing non-profit housing, social supports and education funding, privatizing hospitals and public services like water inspection, and downloading to municipalities, yet saddling Ontarians with a $5.6 billion deficit when the Conservatives were finally thrown out of office in 2003.

New Democrats are good fiscal managers because only the NDP is concerned about the well-being of all Canadians, and strives to manage public finances so as to provide the maximum public benefit, not to provide handouts to their corporate friends.

For more about the NDP track record, you can check out the following links:

NDP balances budgets better than Tories or Liberals

New Democrats most fiscally responsible: Federal government report

Elaine Gibson: Conservatives run deficit budgets too