Oh, this is just precious. Let's set the stage from back in 2006:
Bank profits: How Canada's big banks really make their money
CBC News Online | September 1, 2006
The words "record," "bank," and "profits" spend a lot of time together these days. The three have been seen cavorting together so often that their ménage-a-trois is becoming common knowledge.
The public tut-tuts. Billions in profits. Almost $12 billion in 2005 from the Big Six alone.
Hold that thought. Now, let's drop by Blogging Tory Matt McGuire's "A Step to the Right", where we read (emphasis added):
So Jack Layton wants to ban ATM fees to save bank users $5 - $10 per month? Of course, the hypocrisy is just too delicious. In one breath, Mr. Layton will tell you that $100 per month for child care is mere peanuts. In the next, he runs to the CBC to decry ATM convenience fees.
What are you trying to give me with $10 per month, Jack? I can’t even go to a movie theater for that kind of change, let alone buy an overpriced soda there. I suppose I could rent a movie, but it would take me at least 4 months of no ATM fees to save up the money for the cheapest DVD player on the market.
No, no, hang on, we're not done yet, as we revisit Matt's blog from an earlier post here:
This morning I woke up to the wonderful news that OC Transpo is looking to hike it’s fares by 7.5% in July, almost 4 times the rate of inflation...
This will be the 6th fare hike I’ve witnessed since I moved to Ottawa 4 years ago.
So, let's sum up, shall we? Matt looks at ATM fees from a banking industry that is making record profits, and he's outraged -- outraged, I say -- that anyone would suggest making even the smallest dent in those obscene profits.
On the other hand, Matt looks at an essential public transportation system that is almost certainly operating at a loss, and he's outraged -- outraged, I tell you -- by a fare increase that will help it keep operating.
Does anyone else see the howling inconsistency here?