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You Can't Win

October 31, 2007 @ 10:02

What am I missing? It's like I lived a dream through the early 90's right into the new millennium.

Stephen Harper's minority government cuts the GST by one percent yesterday and hypocrisy reigns supreme. What' gives?

Am I wrong or was Brian Mulroney not vilified for introducing the GST back in 1991?

Am I wrong or were the Chretien Liberals not elected in 1993 on the premise that they would eliminate the GST?

Am I wrong or was Sheila Copps not forced to resign over the issue back in 1996 only to be re-elected?

Am I wrong or has the GST not become a Conservative legacy that has dogged them since it first became law?

How is it that now that the Conservatives have moved towards reducing it to lessen the tax burden for all Canadians, they're criticized?

Granted, it's coming from all the usual suspects, the NDP, the Liberals and the Toronto Star which printed this today.

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion, who argues along with most economists that GST cuts fail to produce long-term economic benefits, said trimming the consumption tax was a "big mistake."

I guess this is why I enjoy politics so much, even though it leaves you banging your head against the wall quite often, it's still intriguing.

Holy freakin' cow people, the Liberals won an election 14 years ago on the promise they would abolish the whole goddamn thing, and now Stephane Dion claims it's a big mistake to shave another point off it.

It's another reason I've turned into a Conservative in my adult years. Between the childish NDP, the lyin' Liberals and the disgustingly liberal media in this country, I want to play for the underdog.

The underdog that's trying to bring some sense back to government.

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October 25, 2007 @ 10:41

The free worlds biggest peckerhead is on his way to California today to support victims of the horrible brush fires that have ruined thousands of lives in the past several days.

I couldn't help but chuckle when George W. made all kinds of grandiose statements before jumping on Air Force One to show his pathetic face in the Golden State.

I'm just wondering what his motivation is. Is he going because he's embarrassed by his slow and perverted reaction to hurricane Katrina and he doesn't want to make the same mistake twice, or does he consider the people of Southern California more important than those who lost everything in Louisiana and Mississippi?

Mike Stafford asked similar questions on his blog yesterday.

There is still a lot of unfinished business in Katrina's aftermath but nothing is being done about it. People still live in trailers and insurance companies are still screwin' people sideways and it seems like the goofy President doesn't give a hoot.

Katrina was a huge embarrassment for the USA as it exposed their priorities when it comes to race and affluence.

Somehow I think going to California will be a lot more comfortable for Bush.

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Too Much

October 24, 2007 @ 11:21

Turns out the Retail Council of Canada got a little pissed off at Finance Minister Jim Flaherty for chastising retailers earlier the week for large price discrepancies between Canada and the U.S.

Flaherty admitted price gaps were excessive and urged Canadian business's to lower their prices to combat cross border shopping.

Meanwhile the Retail Council of Canada, rightly so, responded by saying they face costs in Canada that American retailers don't prices will never be the same. Costs like freight, import duties and language translation.

However, despite those extra costs there is still no excuse for unreasonable pricing in Canada.

I think most Canadians are well aware that prices will never be the "same" in Canada, but at the same time, they have every right to complain about the extent of the difference.

For years Canadian retailers hid behind a weak dollar and Canadian consumers were naive enough to buy it. But current conditions have made everyone stand up and take notice and they don't like what they see.

All you have to do is take any product and google it. Check the Canadian price and then check the American price and in most cases you'll be floored.

This morning on the Stafford Show on am 640 a guy called in and offered his experience.

He paid two thousand dollars for a washer and dryer in Canada, then googled the cross border price that was 13 hundred for the same thing.

Too much.

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The Great Unknown

October 22, 2007 @ 09:59

I don't live in the city of Toronto but today's tax vote could actually affect me. If David Miller's controversial land transfer tax passes, it could mean an increase in my property value in Brampton.

This is all speculation but what if the tax backfires and drives a lot of potential home buyers out of the city? What if it's just enough to make thousands of people decide that they don't want to pay it and they choose 905 instead?

I may never happen, but when cities play this type of game with their citizens, you never know what the response will be.

Here's another question. Municipal finance officials estimate the land transfer tax could generate over two hundred million dollars a year in revenue, but that's based on current real estate numbers.

What if the new tax severely affects the market? What if a lot of homes are forced off the market because of the tax, wouldn't that result in a big drop in estimated revenue?

People are funny when it comes to money and hundreds or thousands could decide they're not moving based on principle alone,

Today's vote by Toronto city council is huge and the mayor and anyone else can claim they know exactly where they're going with this and how it will play out, but they don't.

It seems today's vote will be made with the assumption that the real estate business will continue as it has.

I'm not so sure.

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A Question Of Confidence

October 17, 2007 @ 10:12

It was all up to this man and today at 3:15 Liberal leader Stephane Dion announced that his party will not vote non confidence on yesterday's speech from the throne meaning Canada will not be thrown into another federal election, the third in the past 40 months.

Dion voted "with" the government because neither he nor his party are ready for an election. Going to the polls now could give Canada a majority Conservative government and it's a chance the Liberals didn't want to take.

Dion is the biggest problem. I mean look at the guy. You don't like to judge anyone on looks but right now his wimpy image coupled with his lack of notoriety is a recipe for Liberal disaster.

At this point Dion has decided to ride out the storm and position himself for the next throne speech or the next opportunity for non-confidence when it works more to his party's advantage, and in the back of his mind Dion can always count on the twisted and bizarre logic of voters in Southern Ontario who would probably elect a crack freak as long as he's Liberal.

As for the throne speech itself yesterday it was a well crafted document that puts the Conservatives right where they want to be. Ready to govern now that the Liberals have passed on non-confidence.

Once again I have to applaud the Prime Minister for his stand on Kyoto. Its garbage and Canada has to find another way.

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Twisted Logic

October 16, 2007 @ 09:07

The Harper government will deliver its throne speech tonight and I'm preparing my puke bag for the reaction from the opposition.

If there's anything worse than trying to understand Stephane Dion's english, it's trying to understand Jack Layton's logic.

The Prime Minister document is expected to include many key issues tonight but tax cuts and the environment will probably carry the day.

Harper will announce planned income tax cuts and he will state the obvious that Canada's proposed commitment to Kyoto is unrealistic and unattainable.

Of course Dion and Layton will crap all over him because that's what they're supposed to do, but it's hard to take when the government is sitting on a fourteen billion dollar surplus and Kyoto is an inconsistent, unfair pile of nonsense.

If it wasn't so aggravating to listen to these two stooges argue against logic, it might be amusing.

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Paranoid Power Freak

October 15, 2007 @ 10:27

Jean Chretien's memoirs will be released with the next week or so and the book does nothing to change the image of the man who was a paranoid power freak, the man who became Prime Minister on the premise that he'd eliminate the GST and end free trade.

Without getting into too much detail, in his book, Chretien takes aim at Paul Martin who was finance minister for most of the Chretien years, and then succeeded Chretien as Prime Minister.

Chretien accuses Martin of being indecisive, disloyal and for being responsible for Canadian troops ending up in Kandahar.

All points are debatable of course and as a Martin spokesman said yesterday, "undoubtedly, there are clear differences in recollection between the two men."

What the book does obviously is paint a pretty good picture of the man who led this country for the better part of 13 years. He was ruthless.

A few weeks ago I applauded Brian Mulroney's memoirs for their attack on Pierre Trudeau because from my perspective, he was dead on, and don't forget, these men were on opposite teams.

Chretien meanwhile takes aim at a fellow Liberal and apparently the book drips of the paranoia that he possessed during most of his 13 years in a power, thirteen years that came courtesy of a Conservative side that was split by Reform and Alliance.

It's no secret that during his reign, Martin's profile bothered Chretien with many feeling the finance minister would make the better Prime Minister. Although Chretien accuses Martin of being "out to get him" many believe it was the other way around with Chretien holding on to the party leadership until it was clear the Liberals time was up, and then he thoroughly enjoyed watching Martin sink in the 2006 election.

From my perspective Jean Chretien's run as Prime Minister will always be cheap.

Cheap because of his back tracking on the GST and free trade, and cheap because through the 90's and part of the new millennium he had no competition thanks to the bungling of the country's right wing parties.

He also had ad-scam happen under his nose and until this day refuses to take any responsibility.

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The Star Ramps Up

October 15, 2007 @ 10:26

Last week a few of you took exception with a posting I made that accused the Toronto Star of playing a part in the Ontario election.

You feel that a newspaper doesn't carry that kind of power and by implying it does, only serves to insult the intelligence of the electorate.

Sorry, but that's exactly how I feel. Headlines rule the day and unfortunately when a large newspaper like the Star decides it wants to get someone elected, it slants those headlines a certain way.

It happened in the Ontario election and it's already happening with a possible federal election.

Stephen Harpers makes this throne speech tomorrow night and with it comes the possibility of a non-confidence vote and an election so the Star is wasting little time.

Yesterday's Star featured a picture of Harper with a sinister look on his face and then goes on to explain how the Prime Minister is setting "an election trap."

Today, the Star writes about Harpers plan for his "own" media centre which will give him more control in his one going battle with the national press gallery.

It would cost two million dollars and be housed in an old shoe store on Sparks Street in Ottawa and of course the Star doesn't like it.

But look at it from Harper's perspective. He's got to do something to level the playing field against the disgustingly Liberal media in this country, and he's got the balls to do it.

The man has a country to run.

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Miller And MasterCard

October 12, 2007 @ 13:15

I love today's announcement regarding Toronto's outdoor skating rinks. MasterCard Canada offered to cover the 160 thousand dollars necessary to get the rinks up and running in December and David Miller "had" to agree.

He was backed right into a corner. Miller had removed funding a few weeks ago as a response to his not getting his way with a whack of new taxes. Basically he acted like a big baby and decided to make his point by taking away some so-called fringe services.

Meanwhile, within the past several days a few councilors who don't list heavily to the left had proposed approaching corporate sponsors to support some of the services Miller claimed had to go, but the mayor said no way.

Miller didn't want corporate people to step in with funding because it might damage his argument for needing to tax anything and everything that moves in the city of Toronto.

But then along came MasterCard with money in hand, 160 thousand dollars as a gift to the citizens of Toronto and the mayor was pinned.

How could he say no to such a nice gesture if it meant that kids and families could use Toronto's ice rinks to their full capacity this winter?

He didn't want to say yes, but he had to. How twisted is that?

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Voter Turnout

October 12, 2007 @ 10:16

Over the past 24 hours there's been a lot of talk about Wednesday's embarrassingly low voter turnout for the provincial election.

Only 51 percent of eligible voters bothered to cast a vote and of that, forty percent was enough to give us a Liberal majority.

What to do about it? There are several countries in the world, including Australia that makes it against the law not to vote. In Australia if you don't vote you are fined.

It might seem a bit extreme but this is the same country that does not hesitate to tell immigrants to love it or leave it, conform or get lost.

Of course none of this would fly in Canada. We're too nice.

But here's something that might work, how about an "election deposit?"

At tax time all voters would pay a deposit based on their income. The government would hold that deposit until election time and if you cast a vote you get your deposit back. If you don't, you don't

Of course nothing is perfect and this is Canada so I'm sure a lot of people would scream bloody murder about the government holding on to their money, but what's the alternative?

Wednesday night's voter turnout was the lowest in provincial history and it's been on steady decline over the past couple of decades.

As my mother said yesterday, a lot of Canadians went to war and died to preserve our democracy and it's an insult to have people sit on their ass at home too lazy to mark an "x."

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