Ideologue Jason Kenney misses the mark, setting Alberta up to fail - 2019-10-28
This type, Stone-faced Ideologue, is ubiquitous, often winning election in the American Midwest and Rust Belt to everyone's ultimate sorrow. Kenney's first provincial budget, with huge spending cuts that will expose Albertans to extreme pain — yet cut corporate tax by $4.5 billion over the next four years — is an experiment.
One hopes it will not resemble the budget disaster that hit Kansas after ex-governor Sam Brownback lived his dream in 2012 and cut taxes so severely that life in the state was devastated for nearly a decade. What's the matter with Kansas? It demonized taxes to the point of self-destruction and may not recover.
Kenney is a different kind of ideologue: Deficit-Hater. He is raising taxes by stealth, by increasing tuition, raising fees for services, and ending indexing on personal tax. Alberta could not have picked a worse time to elect a deficit demon bent on cutting education, health and social services, you know, the soft stuff.