Frankly, I think over the years, there has been a huge disconnect between the people, and those elected to represent them. I don’t know how it happened, but it has.
Our elected officials have no clue what life is really like, as they are sheltered from it all. Even if they are defeated, the blow is softened by the golden pensions they get, and the extra health benefits that go with having served in elected office.
On television, they have a reality show, where you make the politician do your job for a day. And like, that is supposed to help them understand our problems? Somehow I just don’t see it.
Like take Flaherty or Harper, who are doing a lot of talking about balancing the budget, on the backs of the poor, on law enforcement, on health care, and the lower income people. They simply don’t have a clue, how gas prices impacts our daily lives, because frankly, they don’t have to worry about putting food on the table, on balancing a household budget that has limited resources.
I’d like to see Stephen Harper change places with me for one single month. Then let’s see what he thinks of his tax cut program for the rich, for the big corporations.
And no cheating either. I mean let him get up every morning, to get breakfast ready for a 94 year old, and try to grab a cup of coffee, before having to change a lady, or get the bathroom ready for the home support worker.
Let him have to change urine soaked depends not once, not twice, not even three times, but often four times.
Let him have to try and work, while listening to the wheezing and whimpering of an old lady, whose lungs just aren’t what they used to.
Let him try to accomplish his work, while having to get up several times, to follow her to the bedroom, for a change, or to the coughing, making sure she isn’t choking.
Let him try to plan dinner on an income of under $3,000.00 per month, while also accounting for paying the co payment on medications. Also try to make sure there is enough money to pay for the car insurance, the hydro that is about $300 a month. Let’s not forget the rent that takes $1400 out of that monthly income too.
Oh and how about the cost of medications not covered by BC Med. Let’s see how he manages to cope with all that, for a full month, and then talk about how a $50 a month increase in the GIS for seniors is adequate.
Let’s see how he handles having to pay the water bill of over $200 and still manage to keep fresh fruit in the house, for the diet of an old person, so her bowels will continue to stay unplugged. Oh, and let’s not forget having to pay for the laxatives, stool softeners and liquid laxatives that are also needed. Maybe he’ll reconsider buying 62 fighter jets at $75 Million a pop?
When he talks about how he expects BC to repay the HST money, should they defeat it, maybe he can figure out why it was opposed so vehemently by the people? Maybe he’ll come to understand that medications are now 12% more, when before they only had a 5% tax on them.
Maybe he’ll understand why we want action taken on Gas Companies, when he has to decide whether or not to buy bread at $4.49 a loaf, or wait till it goes on sale for $2.50, because a 94 year old prefers that bread.
Maybe if he walked in my shoes for a month, he might learn that not everyone can simply walk into a grocery store, and buy what they want, but can only get some of what they need, due to the cost.
Perhaps they’ll understand that we need a real alternative to fossil fuels, when he has to figure out how to keep the tank full, and yet still pay for food, housing, and bank interest charges on the VISA.
Maybe he’ll understand why we don’t eat steak even once every two weeks, and why we shop at more than one grocery store, just to get the bargains on the stables. Perhaps then he’ll reconsider his idea of privatizing every inspection program for food, and understand that a ‘best before date’ really doesn’t mean it’s less fresh, but that’s it is a health risk.
Maybe, just maybe, if Stephen Harper took my place for one month, he might actually get some compassion, for those of us who aren’t Oil Execs, or CEO’s of some fancy corporation, or big shots at a Bank.
Maybe, just maybe, he might realize, when he became Prime Minister, it was to represent ALL OF US.