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Rats leaving a sinking ship

Frankly, I jumped for joy when I heard the news of a few Conservatives deciding to leave Federal Politics. The loss of people like Stockwell Day is good news for Canada.

I mean who needs any more bigots and gun crazy nuts around, in federal politics?  One less anti semetic can only be a plus, in my books.

Only problem is, how long will it take for Canada to recover from the horrible things these people have supported, while in office?  Like arming our border guards, or making three strikes a part of judicial system?

Their departure is only good news, in my book. Now to get rid of the head Rat, Stephen Harper, and who knows, eventually we may recover from this conservative diseaster.  Only wish that our gutless opposition parties had a decent leader.

Maybe we could convince Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc to run for leader of one of the national parties? I mean I’d vote for him, if he was head of the Liberals, NDP, or Green Party

Least he makes sense, and isn’t narrow minded, racist, or plain stupid like our current regime.

NHL Violence and our PM

Stephen Harper things that the NHL should investigate the recent rash of violent incidents in the NHL.  Thinks maybe there should be some police action, for those incidents.

Kind of funny that.

I mean this is a man who defends a racist comments ( Vic Toews ) in his tirade in the House of Commons, condoned the jokes made by his Agricuture Minister during the Listerious Outbreak, when 22 people died. This is the man who supports the FRAUD of his Minister who doctored an official report on funding.

Lets not ignore too, the campaign fudging he & his party did in the last election, taking public funds they weren’t entitled to. Won’t even go into the whole Brian Mulroney bullshit, and the brown paper bags, but hey, gotta control those goons in the NHL, right Mr. Harper?

Uh, maybe Mr. Harper should confine his investigations to his own party?

The Little Picture

Don’t you ever get sick & tired of people always excusing their lack of caring, by alluding to the Big Picture?

Like health care, and how they talk about prices for MIR machines, how many beds are open, and how many nurses they need per ward. Then there is education, and how many pupils per teacher.

And yet our health care continues to deteriate, and our literacy rate continue to falter.  Makes you wonder, if perhaps we are so consumed with looking at the bigger picture, we forget that everything starts with one single step.

If we want health care to be effecient, then perhaps we should be looking at what is needed, and how we can adapt technology to help, rather than simply throwing money at it.  Instead of worrying about student to teacher ratios, we should consider how good those teachers, actually teach.

Frankly I get sick of the mantra by our elected leaders that we need to look toward the bigger picture, when truth is, if we start by looking after the smaller issues, we might just actually make a difference. I mean if we concentrate on people’s needs, not on how to improve corporate profits, maybe we’ll actually get somewhere.

For once, I would like a politician to tell the truth, to put their consitutents ahead of the corporate sponsors.

Saving Money

One of the main reasons Flaherty has used, to explain why CPP should be privatized, is that Canadians simply aren’t saving enough for their retirement.   Honestly, this from the man who for the last year and a bit has been urging Canadians to go further into debt, and BUY BUY BUY.

You gotta love the hypocrisy of the Harper Regime, and how quickly they change their tune, when their Corporate Masters see a new way to get rich, on the backs of the average person.

So just exactly, where do we find the added money to put aside for our Golden Years?

The wife makes good money, over $15 an hour, and then there is Mom’s Old Age Security, and my little online contribution.  By my standards, we should be considered as middle, Middle Class, but truth is, we are at the poverty level.

I suppose I could find some pennies by cutting back on Dog Food for the pooch. After all, she is a bit overweight.

I could maybe have a day where we fast, instead of having a sandwich or something.

Guess I could buy EXPIRED FOOD, and hope that we don’t get poisoned. After all, according to the Harper Government, food that is beyond it’s ‘ Best Buy Date ‘ really isn’t bad, just not at its peak of freshness.

I know, maybe I could simply cut Mom’s medications in half, giving her one pill over two days, instead of one. Now that would save some serious money, even though she is on our Pharmacare plan.  After all, it does cost about $10 to get a prescription filled, plus the co-share cost of the medicine, until her maximum contribution is reached. ( Usually around June )

Maybe I could simply cut out buying heating oil during the winter.  Maybe turn the furnace off, because I mean $1 a litre is expensive, and we do have some nice warm blankets we could use.  Sure, we’ll probably get colds, and who knows how that will impact Mom. Hell she is Ninety Three & Half, she’s had a good life, so I suppose it doesn’t matter if in her Golden Years she has to spend six months freezing

Hmm, now that I think about it, I guess there is lots of  ‘fat’ in our budget. Maybe I should do all that, and put aside the money for when I am old, like Mom.   Then I can sit and shiver, get sicker because I don’t get my full dose of medicine

Hey, that sounds attractive, don’t it?         NOT !!!

Harpers War on the Middle Class

We have all heard about the wars raging across the Planet. There is still the War in Iraq & Afghanistan. Wars, that have lasted longer than World War II.  Yet the worst, is the one being waged against the Middle & Lower Class of our very own Canada.

war on the Canadian middle classStephen Harper & his Conservatives have waged a silent war, against the very people, that they are supposed to represent.  It isn’t a shooting war, in the sense of Iraq, nor is it even a shadow war, like the one being waged by Terrorists, but a war of attrition.

I may sound bitter, but I look at our family income, and I shake my head at how much we are spending, and yet can’t get ahead.  Am I a bad money manager?  Or is there something else happening, that is leaving us living from paycheque to paycheque?

Government is supposed to protect, to serve the people, yet our Country is still heavily in a depression. Jobs, that pay high wages, continue to disappear. Sure, new jobs are being created, but at minimum wage levels. They don’t replace the high paying jobs, which we are shipping everywhere, but here.

They told us to spend money, to help end the depression. The Harper Government threw in TENS OF BILLIONS OF OUR DOLLARS to help business recover, and now as a reward, they want to sell off Canada Pension, to let Private Interests manage our retirement future.

Yet, that is just the frosting on the cake. You see, Harper has been gradually turning us into a nation of wage slaves. He has taken away our dreams, our hope for a better life, not just for us, but our children. He has burdened them, and us, with a deficit that will have us paying it off, for decades to come.

Now, I don’t mind that so much, if it had worked. Thing is, the money  ( least the lion’s share of it ) went to the very people, who put us into this economic depression. The Harper Theory ( well actually George Bush’s theory ) was that you give business money, and it’ll keep people working, so they can buy more.

harpernomics aka George Bush policyProblem with that was that Business didn’t invest in new machinery, didn’t invest in infrastructure, but gave out bonuses to management executives, paid for more private jets, and cut menial jobs to the bare bones, and beyond.

Plants were closed, shipped lock, stock, & barrel to other countries, where the minimum wage was dollars per day, not per hour. Where there was no CPP deductions, or EI. That is what business did, to improve its bottom line, with the blessing of Stephen Harper. He encouraged it, actively pushed it.

And still, we continue to pay, & will be paying for that policy, long into the next generation, if not longer.

As 2011 draws near, we should examine where we stand. If you earn big money, maybe you won’t have to worry, but if you earn under $50, ooo.00 a year, you may want to re-think supporting Stephen Harper & the Conservatives.  Look at how little you can still buy, look at your credit card debt, and at how what you buy today, is made everywhere but in Canada.

Think long and hard, on just where your money is going. Is your job secure? Can you manage if you lose your job tomorrow?  What happens when the kids need diapers, or the mortgage goes up? Can you handle it, with what you earn today? 

This is a war, and YOU are the one being attacked. It isn’t from some foreign country either, it isn’t some cave dwelling nut job trying to kill you off, or enslave you. No ideological tyrant is trying to end your freedom…

It is Your Own Government, the one headed by Stephen Harper, that is doing all that, & more to you, the very people he is supposed to represent.