After watching as much of this weekend's Liberal Thinkstock as I could stomach, I am now trying to look forward to Liberal Red Book 2.0, the inevitable policy platform that will emerge from this weekend's gathering. It could be the need for two tier healthcare, it could be colonizing Afghanistan, abandoning Israel, or not pursuing a seat on the UN Security Council because allegedly everybody hates us. There are so many goodies to choose from. I know many of you out there at least watched bits and pieces, and I would like to assemble a list of the most ridiculous proposals to be the subject of a poll question.
I confess that I was amused watching Ignatieff deliver a bland, over-dramatasized closing speech to a room full of 30 people that were either hung-over, half asleep, or both. If you watch the faces in the crowd when they cut to the audience, half the people look like they are about to vomit. Don Newman seems to have come out of retirement, and he certainly seemed like a pig in slop at Thinkapalooza. During Iggy's last words, he made reference to how he would dramatically reduce the deficit and yet provided absolutely no indication of how this might be accomplished. He doubled down on nationalized daycare, making several promises to dramatically increase spending while offering no "big ideas" on where to find the money (other than freezing a tax cut that hasn't even happened yet).
Then he encouraged our skilled workers to leave the country to live abroad ahead of our demographic time bomb. That's what we need, when the baby boomers retire all their replacement workers are on assignment in the Sudan.
What I really want to know is what takes the cake as the dumbest big idea this weekend passed? Though I will say, I support two tier health care. I am only making the statement that it is ridiculous from a Liberal perspective if you remember the 2000, 2004, and 2006 election campaigns.