Basically what has transpired is:
The media, vigilantly on guard to drum up interest in anything and never lets the facts get in the way of a good feeding frenzy.
The consummate politician Zalm and his ‘oids; well versed at turning fantasy into facts and waiting in purgatory for an issue that will bring them back to their rightful place in the sun and on stage.
A grumpy public that doesn’t want to be confused with facts. Gimme, gimme but I’m not paying ‘cause I deserve it. 50 words or less please and only if it’s about me.
A world wide economy that went in the dumper almost overnight during an election and an Olympic size financial obligation ahead. How do you try to keep afloat when your boat suddenly gets a huge hole poked in it?
A political leader who can no longer (if ever) convince or explain clearly the what’s and why’s, if he ever did want to.
The HST is a red herring. The rhetoric and hair pulling is exactly that: a manipulation, omission and disregard of the facts to you for a political agenda and enthusiastically encouraged by a media with a vested interest in making any story as big and long lasting as possible. Do some research and study the facts. Think about the long term best interest. And think about what you do want government to do which means spending money which means taxes. Little in life is free and bureaucracy is usually slow and expensive.
Under our system of government you vote in management to manage. You get what you vote for or what someone else votes for if you don’t. Be careful what you want, you may get it. Ignorance is just that.
Your children will live with the consequences of your decisions.