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The Myth of the Fiscal Conservative Continues

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The United States created a new level of deficit that grew by the size of the Brazilian economy in just two years.

What does that mean?

The Trump Republicans ADDED nearly $2 TRILLION to the deficit since the beginning of 2017.

This put the US deficit at a RECORD level of nearly $22 TRILLION.

The story of the fiscal conservative has to come to a quick and rapid demise because IT IS MYTH.

There have been few Conservatives anywhere on record who have created a surplus or even a balanced budget in my lifetime.

The Stephen Harper Conservatives pretended they did in 2016, but we know it was only because of playful use of accounting.

To add to this story, Conservatives and Republicans typically follow the same pattern:

  • Promise to spend less and get ‘the books in order’
  • Be more accountable and transparent
  • Cut taxes
  • Reduced cash flow from less tax revenue results in … CRISIS!
  • Crisis = cutbacks
  • Cutbacks = cancellation of many programs that are important to the social fabric of our countries (eg. health care, environment, social programs)

We’ve seen it time and again.

Doug Ford is replicating the same trick by creating more deficits than ever before. Even Liberals couldn’t spend as quickly as he is now.

Why do people keep falling for this crap?

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The Songs They Sing …

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Anger and opposition has swept to all-time highs following the choice of a number of radio stations to pull the song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ because someone had complained about the content.

Very swiftly, the internet world was packed with memes of outraged traditionalists who mocked people that wanted to shed a little light on Christmas pageantry.

The following made the rounds on Facebook:

I understand the indignation, but I beg people who are incensed about this original action to pause and think for a second: it someone an enormous amount of energy and stress to come forward and identify that certain tunes just aren’t cool.

And let’s face it: despite the effort to mock people that want some level of civility during the ‘holiday season’, the reality is that the defensive tact taken above is all pretty true!

Sure, we have yet to ban rap songs that are littered with the ‘n-word’ or talk of ‘bitches’ and ‘hos’, but that’s coming too.

It’s really not a free speech thing.

It’s a reaction to a slow and painful inundation of idiocy that overwhelms average people at this time of year and, frankly, the time has come to scrutinize the memes that get tossed about as ‘tradition’ without consideration for the people that it hurts.

I would also argue that it’s done intentionally by a number of corporate broadcasters in order to fuel their call lines and add an intense level of righteous indignation just in time for the birth of Christ almighty.

To repeat, it’s not a free speech thing. It’s a dearth in creativity and sensitivity that we need to bring to our world.

People that are ‘affected’ by these changes are typically the same white, middle age people that are ravaging this planet like a hoard of locusts with no end in sight. Christmas just gives them an excuse to literally step on the gas and bring all seven deadly sins to a max.

And remember that this is not pie: you’re really truly not losing anything. But the people who make progress are making substantial gains.

If we really believe in miracles, let’s try to make everyone happy. Equally.

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Vax Populi

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Is the Center for Disease Control (CDC) a pharmaceutical company?

Yes, according to Robert Kennedy, Jr.

This story that came out last week showcases Kennedy’s opinion that the CDC needs to change its ‘business’ model in order to ensure that the health of citizens overrides the health of the companies that utilize the institution.

Seems pretty reasonable, right?

Well, we know this story won’t make it to the mainstream press. They’re too busy being a business as well, and many of their top advertisers are pharmaceutical companies.

And it’s very unlikely that these media companies – despite being consistently labelled as ‘left-wing media’ (like that exists anywhere) – will investigate the claims being made.

So, suck it up … your health isn’t as important as the quarterly results for Big Pharma.

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Carbon Guilt

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I saw this today and thought it might be worth re-posting:

Image may contain: 1 person, text that says 'bria @briamichelle we need to start having conversations about how global warming & pollution are direct results of western colonization/imperialism and the greed of large corporations but for some reason we're placing the blame on individuals for eating meat and using straws.'

Of course, there’s still something to be said for pushing the guilt on mass consumption in Europe, North American and Asia and finding a way to penalize us for it, but I have to agree that the spotlight gets shifted away from the real program.

The ‘look over there’ distraction is starting to fail.

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To Fix Transit, We Must Fix Democracy First

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This is an interesting article on GovTech about how we have to fix transit in order to fix cities.

The problem?

We have to fix democracy first.

You see, what’s happening is that we have endorsed the sprawl model for the last 100 years in North America at expense of the core. European cities have gone the other way and are succeeding with plans to build onto existing infrastructure.

In Europe, greater intensity of population in core areas result in greater decisions for the core that ultimately benefit everyone.

In North America, more sprawl translates to a dilution of municipal, provincial/state and federal voting into the hands of people that aren’t as motivated to change their ways of commuting and transportation as people in urban areas are.

Most of the response has typically come out as ‘I don’t want my taxpayer dollars going towards that … (subway, bike lane, downtown entertainment facility, etc) because I’ll never use it’.

This results in representation that also dilutes efforts to consolidate nodes within cities. Councilors, MPPs, MPs and others wind up being torn between what should be sensible objectives that will enhance the standard of living at the expense of the ‘me first’ mentality of car culture.

If we’re going to build great cities and fix issues like climate change and increasing levels of green-house gases, we have to rethink how our representation responds to car drivers as opposed to pedestrians, cyclists, commuters and maybe even a small handful of progressive drivers.

Of course, the greatest challenge will be to tip the scales in favour of urban voters. This may result in ‘city states’ that emerge and fund themselves as opposed to constantly going out to a public that is unwilling or uninterested in supporting bigger projects.

It’ll also mean rethinking how and why we let sprawl continue.

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