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The Lizard of Oz’ Play Thing Dumped … Will Stephen Harper be Next?

It looks like the career of Tony Abbott has come to an abrupt end. with fellow right-winger Malcolm Turnbull taking the head position in Australia.

All I can say is ‘Yay!’  I never weep when right-wingers of this type face defeat and I’m even more tickled when internal party politics tear that party apart.

What’s interesting in this story is that Lynton Crosby, now quasi-illegal campaign manager for the Stephen Harper Conservative campaign, was the campaign manager for Tony Abbott.

Could it be that the people of Australia, especially Abbott’s party members, saw through the BS and decided that it was time to move on and up?

Any chance it could happen here before the election?  Sadly no, but a boy can dream …

In other ‘early retirement’ notes, I’m glad to see Rex Murphy finally hang up his headphones.  Again, could it be that he actually saw the writing on the wall with his various efforts to dig deep with speech-sponsors and supporters?  Time will tell …

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When Will Stephen Harper Take Credit for Cheap Gas?

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The collapsing oil price has some analysts wondering if the Tar Sands glut will ever end, taking the fortunes of the Conservative Party of Canada and Stephen Harper with them.

The only true positive out of Stephen Harper’s reign of error has been the collapse in prices at the pumps.

For most of the country the price was about $1.20 to $1.35 (or higher) as early as the beginning of 2015.  While prices were slow to slide, they eventually tanked to less than $1.00 in most parts of the country.

This is exceptional news for most commuters, as we pay for gas in some form or other, be it for our own cars or the vehicles that transport us from A to B.

Stephen Harper is a seasoned expert when it comes to avoiding any responsibility, even though he apparently is the leader of this country.

However – and unfortunately for all of us – it won’t be long before Stephen Harper starts taking credit for changes in gas prices, claiming some kind of ‘genius’ for it’s impact on Canadian consumers – especially those in Eastern Canada – and ‘putting more money into the hands of Canadians’.

We know that about 60-70% of the country will understand it’s complete tripe.  Now … what about the other 30% of the population that still laps up his crap?  Will they wake up in time to realize that they’re being lied to?  Will they finally wake up to the miserable reality that is a Stephen Harper Conservative government and take their vote elsewhere?

A Balanced Budget Isn’t A ‘Left’ or ‘Right’ Thing

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Individuals, regardless of political bent, rarely incur deficits in their home on an annual basis.

Yes, it’s more of a challenge for people who are poor or who have financial restraints to balance their budgets compared to those who have much deeper resources, but ultimately, they must balance their budgets.

These days, it seems someone’s life is measured by how well they’ve managed to control their financial impulses, regardless of what political stripe they wear.

We all have to make choices, some painful and awkward, that send us on the proper path towards financial independence.  To fail in this means surrendering our lives to bankers, pay-day loan companies and credit card usury.

Which makes the whole discussion about deficits in Canada at the federal level very confusing for the average Canadian.

Stephen Harper hasn’t been able to create a surplus in nearly all the years that he’s run Canada and yet claims he’s the only one capable of running the country from a sound fiscal perspective.  This is like claiming it’s OK to run to the credit card company to finance your mortgage.

Under Stephen Harper the fiscal deficit has EXPLODED and he’s asking us to allow him to continue?

(And white-collar rich and old white men that should know better continue to believe this horse shit?)

Justin Trudeau says it’s OK to run up deficits in the wake of the election because, well, we may have to.  The only ‘positive’ legacy the Liberals have are the years when Paul Martin was finance minister and Canada had half a chance of emerging from the financial restraints imposed by mafia-like organizations like the Moody’s or Dominion Bond Rating Service.

Tom Mulcair and the NDP are the only main party promising to control themselves when elected to office and maintain a balanced budget.  If you don’t believe the promise, look to the records of provincial NDP management:

Let the numbers speak for themselves …

I won’t bore you with my own bias.  Let’s let the numbers speak for themselves:

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More importantly, consider the share of GDP compared to fiscal deficits:

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My sentiments?

I personally believe that every financial house should be in order.  We should encourage saving, reward investment in our community and our peers and grow from our own pool of financial resources.

It must start at the federal level and the federal government needs to HELP all other levels of government and even households get their budgets in order.  But they MUST END passing the buck to lower levels that are not in a position to finance projects and services for all Canadians like the Harper government has for the last decade.

We can’t afford it.

Ultimately, those in charge of the federal budget should be able to balance the budget any time, regardless of the market circumstance, by making sure they ‘pull the right levers’ and make prudent investment choices with the money provided by hard working Canadians.

Balancing a 2015/2016 budget will be quite easy when you consider the Harper giveaways to the rich and elite in this country:

  • Tax Free Savings Accounts
  • Harper’s ‘RRSP home loan’
  • The hundreds of billions proposed for military expenses like the failed F-35, Canada’s involvement with crimes against humanity via Saudi Arabia and General Dynamics, etc.
  • Extensive (and expensive) tax cuts to the highest echlons of corporate elite
  • Elimination of the spousal tax plan in favour of something more equitable for ALL Canadian families
  • Cancellation of the billions in subsidies to Canada’s resource and extraction companies (especially oil) in favour of more universal programs for any entrepreneur or small business.
  • Termination of tax deductions that only benefit the elite (eg. sports and music programs for kids) or carbon wasters (eg. gas write-offs come tax time).
  • Endless armies of cabinet ministers and their volumes of staffers created by Stephen Harper over the last decade, costly taxpayers millions on needless bureaucracy.

And so on.

See, a balanced budget is just about setting different priorities and attacking those expenses or programs that make no sense to the AVERAGE Canadian.

Do you want a Canada that only looks out for the 1% or one that balances support for all industries with support for individuals?

Do you want a Canada that supports all individuals, regardless of their ‘status’ as a Canadian, be it rich, poor, etc?

When politicians get into fisticuffs about who can run up the bigger deficit, just ask them what largesse Stephen Harper has created and how quickly they’ll be able to take it down.

The Leading NDP Need to Show Leadership

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By not cowering away from two important sore points in Canadian economic and political policy:

  1. The Tar Sands are killing Canada and its reputation on many different levels.  Leaving Tar in the ground is OK by me.
  2. Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians, and yet it seems offensive to speak the truth about what’s happening in the world.  By removing Morgan Wheeldon, the NDP are complicit in the crimes being committed by Israel.

Tom Mulcair:  you have (had?) the lead.

Prove you’re a leader.

Take a tough stand on these and other issues and stop playing into Harper’s hands.

Canada will reward you when you do.

Reaction to McQuaig Fuel Awareness of Harper’s Lack of Plan

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And lies about managing the economy.

A good manager looks at all of the resources, talents and opportunities of a country, not just a single industry.  Stephen Harper is NOT a good manager because he is obsessed with one aspect of our economy – at the expense of all others.

The Tar Sands in Canada account for just 2% of our GDP, but Stephen Harper and the Conservatives would have us believe that they are the ‘Golden Goose’ that lays all eggs for Canada.

Rotten eggs, that is.

Linda McQuaig – NDP candidate for Toronto Centre – recently repeated what millions of scientists, analysts, environmentalists, politicians and Stephen Harper himself have committed to in signing international declarations concerning limiting carbon emissions.

We need to leave the tar in the ground if we’re going to survive the 21st century.

So why then are McQuaig’s comments generating so much controversy?

Because it proves Harper and his cabal have no plan.

Yes, they’ve agreed to limit emissions globally, but they do not have a plan to engage the country’s largest polluter, the Tar Sands, as a means of addressing these commitments.

Yet another example of Stephen Harper’s mouth writing cheques his ass can’t cash.