It was a little like finding out your spouse is running around on you from someone in the cashout lineup at the grocery store.
Indeed, it was absolutely doubleplus-awesome of Harpie to save for a hectoring speech he delivered in luxo-lux Davos last week the fact that Canadian Seniors are the next target in his Mighty Crosshairs of Austerity:
Addressing the World Economic Forum, Prime Minister Stephen Harper signalled his government will bring forward “major transformations” to the country in the coming months — in areas such as the retirement pension system, immigration, science and technology investment and the energy sector — while making a forceful case for pro-growth economic policies over entitlements.
…or more accurately, “His Mighty Crosshairs of Austerity For Thee But Not For Me”.
It doesn’t seem possible that Harper the Brilliant Strategist could miscalculate this so badly.
Even though “retirement income changes won’t be sudden“, seniors being savaged by the state in any way just doesn’t sound good, and the reality of it is probably as bad as it sounds. And there’s no anger like Crotchety Old Person anger.
Anyone who understands electoral demographics knows this — seniors are the only demographic that votes consistently and conservatively: fuck with them at your peril. The government that provokes their wrath can count on a reaction of unspeakable savagery at the ballot box, not to mention the donation box.
All of which doesn’t even consider the boomers slouching towards retirement:
With so many baby boomers near retirement age (myself included), this issue strikes close to home for many of us. Baby boomers live in those hard fought-for suburban ridings that the Conservatives needed to win to obtain their majority. There are political consequences for this government if they cannot turn this story around to their advantage.
And say what you will about Boomerscum, we ended a vile, brainless war, impeached a paranoid and perfidious President and forced government out of our wombs and away from our weddings: we know how to protest… Man. Harper can’t even begin to imagine the cataclysmic fury of grayhairs forced to put down their glasses of Pinot Noir and rise from their La-Z-Boys® to man the barricades once again.
We are AnonySenior. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget (well, sometimes). Expect us… to be watching your lying ass closely. For the lulz!
(cartoon from Halifax Chronicle-Herald)