There's Bush and now there's "Steve the Beave", both appropriate visuals for power-hungry men in bed with the likes of the CCCE, the Chambers of Commerce, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, etc...while Canada and the world feel the results of thier careless abandon. 4Canada
Jul. 9, 2006. 01:00 AM
If ever there was a guy who looked more like a "Stephen" than a "Steve," it would be our current Prime Minister.
But when you're the most powerful guy in the world, it's your call. So, to George W. Bush, our Prime Minister is evidently going to be just plain "Steve." That much was established during Harper's first visit to the White House last week.
It's hard to know what to make of that. Michael Brown was just plain "Brownie" when he got blamed — and then dumped — for Washington's handling of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
Whether or not there's any genuine warmth between Bush and Harper — the subject of endless media speculation — there's a clear convergence of interests.
Both men are ideological conservatives in the Reagan-Thatcher mould. Both have their political base in the booming, oil-soaked West. Both are extremely friendly to powerful corporate interests, particularly Big Oil.
So the question isn't how well these two ideological soulmates get along, but, rather: What are they up to? With their agendas so neatly meshed, and so fully in line with that of the corporate world, who's going to defend the interests of the non-corporate world, or what used to be called "the public interest?"
[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on July 11, 2006]