Stephen Harper's critics are both loud and insulting. Some say he's too conservative while others say that he isn't conservative enough. My analogies are for the 'not conservative enough' crowd.
Socialism is like a burning building. We are in the building and we want to get out. Now I imagine Andrew Coyne running around with a Fire Warden cap telling everyone to "Jump!" Obviously safety exists outside the building and sure we want to get there fast, but you don't get there if you jump.
Mr Harper knows the way out. Lets take the stairs. What an idea. One step at a time nice and orderly. We'll all get out alive. No large pile of bodies needed to break your fall. You may even have to take a detour to get to a safe stairwell. Whatever it takes.
The point is the Prime Minister and the Government are taking logical, sensible and cautious steps to get us clear of this recession and its deficit. I demand an intelligent response to this and any crisis. I will not see this government shackled by strict adherence to some defunct economic theory. Ideology is a guide, not a rule. When theory comes before pragmatism its usually just a mistake.
We have our conservative compass, but we still have to steer around the rocks.
The folks who say that Stephen Harper isn't a conservative like to say that he just wants power. Well yeah. If you don't have power, you don't steer the ship do you? If our conservative compass leads us into rocks, their answer is let someone else steer. That someone else, "The Coalition," aren't heading to the same place as us. The Coalition thinks we will fall off the edge of the world on this course. The impatient childish and often insulting arch conservatives that think we should just hand the wheel to the enemy need to just grow up. So we can't follow our compass arrow straight sometimes. Go ahead and sulk.
If you want an explanation without the analogies then visit IceMan's Blog. This is all pretty clear to me but I thought that maybe some people need some help to understand it.