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Monday, May 25, 2009

Economic Stimulus - Idea #1

So I've been thinking about this whole stimulus thing from a policy perspective and I think I've come up with a winner that is guaranteed to inject billions into economies around the world. What is this sure-fire winning idea? Simple.

Airlines will no longer allow any checked baggage whatsoever for outbound passengers. You can, however, bring back as much as you like on your return trip home.

There you have it. Clean, simple and guaranteed to work.

I have no idea why I am not working as a key adviser for a world leader. Clearly, they need me.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Best 42 Cents I've Spent in Awhile....

I have been following the public misery of Brian Mulroney and his increasingly comical attempts to defend his actions at the Oliphant enquiry with great glee. Now, I am no Mulroney fan - I met him when I was quite young, but took the measure of the man very quickly. Vain, arrogant, condescending, and sleezy were all words that came to my teenage mind then, and I haven't changed my opinion of the man over the following 30-odd years.

So I am thinking that this Oliphant enquiry, with its $14 million price tag, is very good value for money. Broken down per capita, that's 42 cents per Canadian, and I have to say for sheer enterntainment value alone, it's worth every cent. Hell, I'd even pay some of my fellow Canadians' share (and deliver it in a paper bag, at a hotel, over coffee.) Oh, how the mighty have so deliciously fallen! Again, my propensity towards schadenfrauden abounds here.

CPAC, methinks, miscalculated on this one. The Oliphant enquiry almost deserves to pay-per-view...oh, wait a minute - it already is...