meninlove said At this time, I think it a good idea to remember that Mr Harper is considerably further Left than Obama.
He's committed to Universal Healthcare and is increasing funding by 6% every year til at least 2016, at which point he wants to tie increases to match productivity and inflation, with a minimum requirement of increases to funding at 3% a year if the economy flounders.
There'll be an election before then.
This is true.
American conservatives are a weird breed.
Most conservatives in Canada, Israel and elsewhere for the most part embrace basic concepts like universa healthcare, equality for all citizens and basic environmental protections.
In the US, most conservatives deny climate change exists, think evolution is a hoax and vilify gays and lesbians.
When I tell Republicans I meet that in Israel, gays can serve in the military, enjoy basic protections and have almost achieved marriage equality, their heads explode. They don't say anything as unqualified support for Israel is also a hallmark of Republican policy.
In Israel I am considered sort of center right but here in the US, without changing any of my political opinions, I am a fringe leftist, apparently.
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world.