Still, Atkins is aghast today at how some are interpreting Harper's new talk of running a budget deficit and going along with a G20 pledge of "additional spending" as part of a global economic stimulus package.
"No, no, no, no. He's not discovered John Maynard Keynes," Atkins says, referring to the 20th-century economist, and adding that Harper's thesis was "adamantly anti-Keynesian thought."
"I don't see that he's fundamentally undergone any kind of a change."
But the Liberals had to go ahead and force Harper, on pain of losing office, to come up with a stimulus plan. But since he never really had his heart in the project he was, by the logic of Conservative apologists, fully entitled to use the money for something he did believe in. Total and complete unbridled partisan excess.
So there you are. It is all the Liberals fault.Recommend this Post