November 7, 2010 @ 08:50
First of all, let me say I'm surprised I read the report in the Toronto Star, because Canada's voice of Liberalism often takes shots at the Conservatives long before it goes after the NDP, but this story is juicy.
Not so much about how much of our money Jack Layton and Olivia Chow spend each year, but more their attitude, particularly Olivia's when they're called on it.
The Star has revealed that last year alone, it cost taxpayers a whopping 1.6 million dollars to feed, house and transport these two hypocrites.
In case you didn't know, despite being NDP MPs, which is barely this side of useless, Layton and Chow are married and share the same road space in Ottawa when they aren't in Toronto doing whatever they do for the poor suckers who elected them.
Despite sharing an apartment in Ottawa, they both still bill the taxpayers for accommodation, but that's only part of the intention of this posting, and remember, everything we're talking about is outside of their salaries.
I think by now we're all conditioned to the exorbitant amounts of money it takes to keep MPs. They're entitled to a whack of dough and most of them take it.
The problem with Layton and Chow is they come from the socialist party, the all for one and one for all party, the party that resists elitism and criticizes personal wealth and targets fat cats.
Well let me tell you brothers and sisters, while the people of their lesser income Toronto ridings struggle to make ends meet, Jack and Olivia are living rich and loving every minute of it.
And remember, this is all about hypocrisy. How many times have you heard Jack hammer away at big business and Olivia cry an ocean over the plight of the under-privileged?
How often have they both targeted achievers with the distinct message of "spreading the wealth."
Well apparently, it doesn't apply to them because rather than setting an example and tightening up their expenses, they've gone balls to the walls on living the lifestyle that they so often criticize.
Olivia's only defense is this - she told reporters to look at the spending of other MP's, most notably Conservatives. But that's not the point. It doesn't matter what others spend because it's all within the rules.
Olivia shouldn't be pointing fingers, she should be looking in the mirror and asking herself why she isn't setting an example to the feeble minded fools who actually go into a polling station and mark an "x" because an NDP candidate.
People vote NDP because they don't like the establishment. They don't like high rollers and they certainly don't like affluence.
Meanwhile, the leader of their party and his lovely wife could give two shits about any of that. They ain't "spreading the wealth" around Toronto Danforth or Trinity Spadina.
Layton's defense is this - he bills less than two of the other party leaders. Cool. But he's forgetting an important point. The other two parties are actually relevant.
Rather than make of point of living like most of their constituents, you know, the whole socialist equality thing, Layton and Chow are just two more of the pigs lined up at the trough.
It's actually quite funny once you get over the sickening part.
And please, if you plan on commenting on this post by doing what Chow did and point fingers at the Harper team, don't bother. It's not what this is about.
We know what MPs spend, all of them, and it's hard to accept. But most of them don't go running around the country like NDPers claiming that Canada is going to hell in a hand basket because the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.
Both Layton and Chow whine about the elimination of the middle class in Canada.
I guess we should give them credit for finding a way not to be part of it.