Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jim Flaherty Joins the GOP in Bid to Stick it to Workers

I can understand now why Stephen Harper claims to only watch American news.  How else can his government follow the trends, though the GOP are lagging?

Jim Flaherty announced an increase in payroll taxes ages ago.

The parties who claim to support lower taxes are instead increasing them, though only for those lucky enough to still have jobs.  Wealthy citizens have seen their taxes reduced dramatically on both sides of the border.

Flaherty is now framing his tax hike as only half of what he originally threatened.  The GOP just says take a hike.  Someone has to pay for the Bush tax cuts for the greedy.

Flaherty is also warning provinces to start cutting back on healthcare now at a time when our population is aging, and we need it the most.  "Canadians have to understand that everyone will have to pay their share."

Their share of what?  Their share of planes with no engines so Lockheed Martin can prosper?  Their share of nuclear submarines?  Their share of new uniforms for the Monarchist league?  Their share of new prisons when our crime rate is at its lowest in history?  Their share of corporate tax cuts?  Their share of blood for oil wars?


I can think of many ways to find the necessary funds for healthcare.  How about cutting the size of cabinet and their Parliamentary secretaries for a start?


  1. Toronto Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn has frequently mentioned Don Drummond and the commission he heads that has been tasked with scaling back provincial expenditures. In the Cobourg blog The Burd Report, Deb O'Connor had this to say:

    "It would be interesting to know if Mr. Drummond is aware that while he collects $1,500 a day for his work, a person on welfare would have to make that last for two and a half months."

    In a letter to Cohn, I suggested that had "Premier Drummond" been asked the question, he would have answered much as Rick Perry did when he was asked about income inequality:

    "I don't care about that."

    Then I asked Cohn whether he thought Drummond and Perry had been cloned from the same gene pool. No response.

    For all that Cohn (and others) wants to appear tough-minded and hard-headed about politics, he is remarkably gentle in his treatment of the high and mighty when it comes to $$$. I don't recall his mentioning Drummond's $1,500 per day fee. He certainly hasn't made an issue of it.

    Instead of reducing the number of Cabinet menbers, why not eliminate their Cabinet bonus. Those who are in it for the money will take a hike.

  2. $1500 per day....now that's a living wage!