You have to hand it to the ‘Right Wing Nuts’ when the smallest gaggle of true believers seem able to attract funding and dispense their gospel broadly throughout the MSM without a murmur of questioning, measuring or guaging its’ accuracy or value.
In Canada we are home to a number of these groups. In BC we must endure the ‘Fraser Institute,’ who with a clever twist developed the debt clock, which according to them show sometime in June when our tax burden was paid and the balance of our meager incomes are for us.
They neglect to show the contributors to that debt, tax breaks, incentives, and such to the wealthiest corporations however. Curious that.
These right winger’s conduct their analysis selectively from very conservative sources and then distribute their drool and drivel widely.
Their out of context analysis of grading public schools is their current triumph and the media seize and publicize it quoting from it, as if it were fact. It is an attack that wreaks havoc and disruption devaluing schools, School Boards, students, teachers and parents.
Again the superficiality is king and the fix of course is, 2, 3, 4 aha! privitize education. The public education system, like health can’t be trusted to the public sector they beller.
Alberta Diary Blogger, David Climenhaga, a long established award winning journalist, has hit it out of the park with this revelation about the Canadian Taxpayer Federation. They are pretend is what!
Minuscule Canadian Taxpayers Federation in running for ‘Turfy Award’
by David Climenhaga
Former Canadian Taxpayers Federation Alberta Director Scott Hennig, now the group’s Communications VP, in a nice AstroTurf-coloured sweater at last weekend’s Ottawa conference of the Manning Centre for Undermining Democracy.
When it comes time to hand out the annual Turfy Award – named for AstroTurf, the green synthetic blades that look like grass and feel like grass but do not absorb carbon dioxide like grass – I expect the Canadian Taxpayers Federation to be a contender.
Indeed, consider ’em nominated.
After all, seeing as I cooked up the Turfies just now, the CTF’s chances are likely pretty good to win the award for the Canadian organization that best exemplifies the concept of Astroturfing – a slang expression for political activities that, in the words of our wonderful collectively owned Wikipedia, “are designed to mask the sponsors of the message to give the appearance of coming from a disinterested, grassroots participant.”
As has been said in this space before, while the CTF is likely Canadian, although there’s really no way for us to know for sure, it is emphatically not a federation, and, given the causes it espouses, it most certainly does not represent the interests or the wishes of most ordinary Canadian taxpayers.