Resisting the pull of cynicism since 1969.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Recursive hypocrisy

From the May 2nd edition of CPAC's Prime Time Politics:

You know, I like to think that when governments keep their commitments to people, that people will give them a long look. Because we've had such bad experiences over recent years in this country of politicians saying one thing, getting elected, and then doing something else. I'm not that kind of politician and the Prime Minister certainly isn't. And I'm actually proud to be part of a government that keeps its commitments to the people of Canada, and I hope that the people of Canada feel the same way.
-- Jim Flaherty, Conservative Finance Minister
Wow. I suppose that means we all must have imagined our esteemed Prime Minister enticing a Liberal to cross the floor and appointing him to Cabinet, appointing a Senator, refusing to eliminate the GST on gas prices that exceed 85 cents a litre, refusing to eliminate the GST on excise taxes at the pump, threatening to publicly humiliate any Cabinet ministers who don't toe the line, selling access to himself at expensive fundraising dinners, allowing former Hill staffers to work as lobbyists, appointing parliamentary committee chairs...

3 comments:

Andrew said...

You win the prize for best post title of the week =P Brilliant ;)

KevinG said...

Strictly speaking this a recurring pattern not recursion but yeah! .....

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Kevin,

Oh yeah? Then what would you call hypocrisy about hypocrisy--metahypocrisy? Hmm, maybe. It does have a ring to it. :-)