Monday, March 27, 2006

Sask: Spending surge predicted

Andrew Thomson says this is a "good time" to "significantly" increase government spending. When is it not a good time for this government? Since 2001, government spending has increased by 26 per cent. Budgets aren't worth the paper they are written on as ministries routinely exceed their already-bloated budgets. When is enough spending enough?

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pretty sad this sort of stuff happens. Just makes it more difficult on many families and workers when more rational governments come to power.

Sask.Taxpayers Federation said...

I think you mean a Saskparty Gov. that is not rational. Everyone wants a piece of the action. Farmers got theirs next is buisness and maybe there will be some for the cities. Maybe taxpayers will get a break.Maybe>>>>>>>

Anonymous said...

Must be an election coming son if the NDP are going on a spending spree again; we will know for sure if they start running "the future is wide open" propaganda and announcing fictional ethonal plants etc...

Anonymous said...

Yeah I figure they are looking for a snap June election. They've already announced the big SGI rebates. And I suspect some in the NDP are probably getting very nervous about conducting an election next fall against the backdrop of criminal trials for fraud.

SaskParty is only gaining momentum, and Brad Wall seems to be a force in Saskatchewan that will be very difficult to stop.

David MacLean said...

I love election speculation. I wonder if there will be some big announcement that is specific to Weyburn.

Sask.Taxpayers Federation said...

It will be a year before the next election. If the NDP spend it's bad if it doesn't share the wealth it's bad. Make up your minds. What is it? I'm glad you guys aren't running the province. We'd be broke again. The NDP are doing what previous gov'ts failed to do. Balancing the books and sharing the wealth.

Anonymous said...

Interesting, because many of the structural reforms made by the Devine government were actually the reforms that allowed Romanow et al to balance the books in the mid 1990s.

Two key things caused much of the debt under the Devine administration:

1) Shoddy accounting by a previous government, that hid debt and pension obligations within Crown corporations, or did not properly recognize the extent of those pension obligations. Bringing those items onto the balance sheet and properly recognizing caused much of the problem with debt and deficits.

2) High interest rates. When Devine came to power, interest rates were generally 10% and higher, and sometimes in the 14% and above range. Paying interest on the obligations incurred by the previous NDP administration was crippling.

When interest rates fell, of course it was easy to balance the books and record a surplus. But that certainly did not occur because of the efforts of the NDP; most of the groundwork for the surplus was layed by Devine and his administration.

Yes Devine and company did do some bad things (ie: Meadow Lake Pulp Mill, Gigatext, etc.), but their record holds no shame whatsoever compared to the record of the current NDP government.

Sask.Taxpayers Federation said...

Why is it there are always hard times when the tories rule bad luck or bad gov't? Intrest rates are controlled by the bank of Canada which is controlled by the Gov't. I think every thinking man agrees tory times are hard times.

Anonymous said...

STF, does this explain why people are leaving SK? Does this explain why SK has teh highest dependancy ratio in Canada, and getting worse? There simply is no reasoning with you, you have been been brainwashed!
I still hope that you recover from your surgury soon!

Anonymous said...

"Intrest rates are controlled by the bank of Canada which is controlled by the Gov't."

No, they are controlled by market forces, ie: the supply of bonds relative to the demand of bonds.

High interest rates were reality in the late 1970s and continued well into the 1980s. Who were in power then? Trudeau, and in Saskatchewan, Blakeney.

David MacLean said...

I was waiting for someone to say that, anon.

Sask.taxpayers Federation said...

Intrest rates do not regulate themselves. They are set by the Bank of Canada and the federal reserve in the states.. Intrest rates were high in the states and here in Canada. There are litterally dozons of jobs in the public and private sector that no one applies for. Buisnesses pay too low of wages. My wife's in management. She can't get workers to fill positions. These are 17.00 an hr jobs in the health district. Union jobs w/benefits. A worker framing houses in Regina gets 12.00 an vs 25.00 an hour in Alberta. Go to Wascanaview and see how buisnessmen/women live. You won't see workrers there. Young people look at wages in Alberta and say here I come. It's like California was to the Okies. We had a loss greater under the tories. So please enlighten me how to keep workers here. A change in Government is just that. Nothing will change in the job market. Bring shops to the prisons,encourage students to enter trades schools. Bring shops back to all highschools and grade 8 like it used be. Now the only trades high school is Cochrane High. What does that tell you? What it tells me is kids who are challenged in school go into trades. All the rest want to go to University. There are lots of smarter kids who could be carpenters and electricians. All the university kids will not get jobs.Some will have to change careers. Listen to Micheal Fogere.He says the province should pay for appreticeships. The construction industry should pay better wages. Ask Fogere who lives in Wascanaview if he'd work for 12.00 an hour. And you Super dave and the anonymous guy go try working for 12.00 an hour. I've seen you dave you're a entrepenuer . That tells me you think your too important to work at labouring job but you don't mind if the rest of us do. You can't break a sweat pissing around on a blog. And don't tell me about work or jobs. You look like a man who's never worked at a 9 to 5 ,or 3 to midnight job. And if you did you found too hard so you blog. That's the truth. You're important at least you think you are.

David MacLean said...

I am getting really concerned about your head injury, STF.

Anonymous said...

stf is still fighting the class struggle. His views the world in very limited and simplistic terms: he sees unfairness, and advocates force to rectify it. I sense resentment and envy from him. He probably sincerely believes this stuff, to the point of being delusional, and forcing everyting he sees to conform to his philosophy.

Sask.Taxpayers Federation said...

Super Dave your answer to everything is????Guess?? That's right. Cut taxes. And cut taxes and cut taxes. Come up with a new real solution. Dave. You're wearing out the old one. God damn it Forrest Gump you sure are smrt or is that smart? Mine are attainable. Yours are a pipe dream.

Mad Htter said...

Hey sask taxpayers federation, it's pretty obvious why the tories always end up ruling in bad times. It has nothing to do with interest rates or the economic climate. They are following on the heels of a few years of socialist rule. That's enough to destroy any economy. Look at what the three stooges (Harcourt, Clark and Rae) did to BC and Ontario. To his credit, Rae has since renounced his socialist ways.

Mad Hatter said...

Must throw Calvert into the three stooges mix as well. In one of Saskatchewan's strongest economic booms in the last 50 years, only a socialist premier could cause the province's population to shrink. In fact, we were the only province in Canada to see its population shrink according to Stats Canada's latest report.

Sask.Taxpayers Federation said...

Mad hatter you're sniffin glue again. The Tories are not a good fiscal gov't. They bring hard times with them. They are a resession gov't with no real vision. They spend like drunkin sailors and cut programs.

Anonymous said...

stf, I jsut came returned to SK from a visit to Calgary: I feel like I am from a second rate province, and I used to be so proud of SK. I blame you irrational old socialists for SK's decline.

sask.taxpayers federation said...

Anonymous you're sniffin solvent again.

Anonymous said...

No solvent involved: and I meant to blame BITTER irrational old socialists:

what I mean is that in Calgary, there were so many young people (many of them my peers from SK) and you could tell that there is lots and lots of money: the downtown is more than just gubment, like Regina, there is just a very different, vibrant atmosphere: the people were every but as friendly as home, it was probably cleaner, there was jsut moer activity, a very positive energy.
Here, we have bitter, irrational old socialists instead.

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