with Garth Turner. I don't go to his site, but this comment in a Globe and Mail forum shows how the Liberals hope to spin a Carbon tax. My comments are added in the bolded brackets.
B R from Canada writes: Read what Garth Turner says about it.: (Garth who?, or is that you Garth?)
As you also know, I think the Harper government’s blown its chance to help us on both these fronts. The country has no gutsy plan to deal with greenhouse gas emissions (Biggest greenhouse gas, 95% water vapour, solve that one!) or climate change, while federal spending has gone up, the budget surplus has evaporated (Oh, no more goodies for Liberal friends if they ever get back into power), and income taxes are still far, far too high. (Oh, so let's add a carbon tax to income taxes, great idea)
Practically everyone believes we’re on the precipice of an environmental crisis (No, only lefties think this, the rest of us use our common sense), and every piece of news about oil-soaked ducks (Hey, more ducks get killed by hunters in the fall then 500), cyclones in Burma (Naturally occuring climate change, how about that erupting volcano?), arctic ice melting (Not in the Antarctic, it's growing)and polar bears at risk (At risk of what? Starving because there are too many?)just confirms it.
But many folks worry it’s impossible to take real steps to deal with the threat to our climate without threatening the economy even more. (Oh, getting lots of negative e-mails are you, spin away, it's not going to work.)
Except one guy that I work with – Stephane Dion. (HA! Right, priorities, priorities)
The Liberal leader’s working on a plan which will do the right thing for the environment while actually easing the burden on families. It’s bold, unusual and complicated. (Meaning us peons can't understand it, so just believe me!) It will try to tax the things we don’t want (Notice the use of TRY) , like pollution, emissions and waste, while lowering taxes on the things we do want, like earning income, saving and investing. That’s called tax shifting. (That's called, covering your butt because your leader is clueless, or a tax grab, you pick.)
So expect him to call for a price to be put on carbon. That means companies which dump this crap in the air (CO2 is NOT a pollutant, but mercury in those new swirly light bulbs is) – like oil refiners (Don't drive.), power plants (Sit in the dark), smelters (Don't buy anything, like a big screen TV)– will have to pay for doing so. (NO, the polluters pay, and guess who that is? US, the companies won't pay) This will encourage them to find clearer ways of doing business.
The money raised will then be used to fund tax cuts, to corporations (so they have more money to invest and grow) (OH, you Liberals like tax cuts to corporations now? Better tell Dalton that little tidbit) and to individuals (to offset any increased prices caused by the carbon tax). (NO, NO, NO, the individuals are the ones paying ALL the carbon taxes, talk about the price of food for the poorest going up. If you are giving tax cuts to corporations, this is not going to be revenue neutral for taxpayers.)
Some people think such a plan, while probably long overdue (Right we love more taxes) and well constructed (Better spin harder, I'm not buying), is political suicide. (Yes, finally you get something right, it is political suicide)
God's gift to the Conservatives, the tag team of Dion and Garth. "I'm Liberal, and loving it!" Spin on Garth, what ever happened to MPTV?? Liberals shut you down?
My most important question is, will Dion be using a knife and fork to eat his hotdogs on the BBQ tour this summer, inquiring minds want to know.