Christine Lagarde

The liberal thought police versus freedom of speech

I have blogged previously of the liberal/left-wing desire to silence those who will speak their mind on things they disagree with.

They want dissent silenced. If it isn’t threatening and abusing Phil Robertson over his views then it is trying to silence skeptics on global warming or climate disruption as they prefer to call it now that the warming has failed to materialise.

The left-wing has become exceedingly intolerant and bully like in their question to silence opponents.

Kirsten Powers writes at USA Today:

Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II. We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences.

How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card.

Each week seems to bring another incident. Last week it was David and Jason Benham, whose pending HGTV show was canceled after the mob unearthed old remarks the brothers made about their Christian beliefs on homosexuality. People can’t have a house-flipping show unless they believe and say the “right” things in their life off the set? In this world, the conservative Tom Selleck never would have been Magnum, P.IRead more »

Bernard Hickey won’t be pleased with this report

Bernard Hickey and his Labour party pals won’t be happy about this from the IMF.

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde was full of praise last night for the direction in which the New Zealand economy was headed.

After meeting Prime Minister John Key on the fringes of the Bo’ao Forum for Asia, in China, she talked to New Zealand reporters about the general health of the economy in light of a recent assessment of fiscal and monetary policy.

“All I can tell you is the IMF is very supportive of what is being done by the Government in that respect.  Read more »

Stuff all chance of these ratbags getting the Falklands back

The Argies might think they can just wail and the Falkland Islands will be handed back but that is about as unlikely as their backwards marching armies and sinking navy fearlessly attacking and retrieving the Falklands…plus they can barely count:

The International Monetary Fund has censured Argentina for failing to supply accurate economic data, the first time the global crisis lender has taken such an action against a member.

The IMF Executive Board found that Argentina’s efforts to meet its demands for better GDP and inflation data have “not been sufficient. As a result, the Fund has issued a declaration of censure against Argentina.”  Read more »

High praise for NZ

One of US President Barack Obama’s top financial advisors has given New Zealand a big pat on the back for financial management during the current global financial crisis:

This week, in a major international BBC debate on rescuing the world economy, Peter Orszag, Obama’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget until 2010, opposed the austerity only position taken by the IMF’s Chairman Christine Lagarde, and Wolfgang Schauble, German Minister of Finance,’ Mr Ryall said..

‘Mrs Lagarde and Mr Schauble said cutting spending was difficult but necessary. But Mr Orszag said it was better to take a mixed approach – with stimulus for the economy combined with deficit reduction that is put in place now but which takes effect over time.

‘President Obama’s former senior aide singled out New Zealand alone as the model for its balanced approach to the deepening international debt crisis,’ Mr Ryall said.

‘Mr Orszag said: … “for most countries it’s better to combine deficit reduction that you put in place now but that takes effect over time, with if anything, additional support, and that means stimulus, for the economy, effective immediately. And what’s interesting about the fiscal monitor the IMF published also as part of these meetings, is if you look across all the developed countries, there is only one country… which has actually done that, which is New Zealand- who have coupled additional stimulus with medium-term fiscal consolidation. That’s the right policy combination.”(BBC ‘World Debate – Rescuing the Global Economy – What Next?’)