Friday, December 17, 2010

"Tories go negative with iPod-tax coalition fear campaign"

That was Jane Taber's headline at the Globe and Mail. The opposition wants to increase taxes on iPods, which the Tories have turned into a campaign commercial. In an attempt to fight back on behalf of her pinko brethren, Jane (who "sets the agenda" at the G&M) tried to use the issue to attack the Conservatives. Artists have been lobbying for years to get tax levies added to their music sales, where the government argues that tougher piracy laws are the best course of action.

It is funny to witness Taber and friends repeatedly cry foul over Tory "fear mongering" like some kind of broken record. Meanwhile over the past 6 years, Tory ads have been remarkably effective where the Liberals have been absolutely lame. I would guess if you took Jane Taber's collective works since the last election and did a search for "coalition fear mongering" (referring to Tory campaigning) you would get a whole lot of hits. This is a regular theme in Jane's writing. Because certainly the left NEVER EVER engages in what could surely be described as "fear mongering"...

The Liberals will be busy over Christmas, now that Iggy has called for an election as soon as possible.


  1. So let me get this right. In order to make up for some people stealing artistic property the entertainment industry in Canada proposes that the government steals more of the peoples money and give it to them. The opposition parties are all in favour of this.
    The entertainment industry in Canada is already heavily subsidised through legal theft but still they want more.
    Hypocrisy has no limits!

  2. You know what caused the problem in the first place.. it wasn't technology but just plain greed. I grew up in the era of the 8-track and later the cassette tape. You could duplicate music then, but it was difficult to redistribute, but we still did it. What was different then was the vast choice of quality product and frequent and relatively inexpensive live acts you could enjoy. That started to go away in the 90s and by the turn of the century it was over. (rc)