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Minister of Defense … of Ridiculous Wastes of Taxpayer Money

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I have come to realize that the Conservative Regime is built on three platforms:

  • Fear
  • Fear and
  • Fear

The Conservatives have nothing else of substance with their policy objectives and all Canadians will eventually feel the boot of fascism on their necks if we don’t get rid of this government.

In implementing these platforms, they have three essential budgets:

The latest announcement from our Minister of Defending Ridiculously Large Wastes of Canadian Taxpayer Dollars is towards an untendered contract to someone who’s likely very close to the Conservative fear machine.  And this interview on CBC is the biggest pile of bulls**t I’ve heard in a long time, using the rationale of ‘our neighbours are hyperspending on wasteful killing machines, so we simply have to hyperspend on even more useless killing machines’.

This stuff really pisses me off.

Where’s the ‘peace-loving, let’s move the world forward’ Canada that I grew up in?

Where are the ‘bake sales for bombers’ that companies like Lockheed Martin should have to worry about as opposed to corrupt back-room back-scratch deals that we’re seeing rolled out by the Cons?

I Support My …

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The Yellow Ribbon campaign has always felt like military-driven propaganda to me and there doesn’t seem to be a better time to remind the world that I Support My:

  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Pediatricians
  • GP/Family Doctors
  • Police Forces
  • Fire Fighters
  • Garbage collectors
  • People that work in recycling centres
  • Policy analysts
  • Government page employees
  • Government librarians
  • Politicians (that’s right, people who are brave enough to accept a shitty pay base compared to what they could earn in the private sector and put up with constant public scrutiny of what they do)
  • Advisors and case workers that are employed with politicians’ offices
  • Public legal advisors
  • Coast Guard employees
  • Search / Rescue
  • Forestry Management employees
  • Bus and subway drivers
  • Statisticians
  • Programmers & web developers that help maintain sites for cities, provinces and the federal government
  • and the millions of other people that make my life better because they choose to work for the public.

I also support the United Nations  and Peace Keeping efforts and not NATO-lead military incursions or ‘first strikes’.

I Support ALL Public Employees and I don’t favour one group (the military) because they happen to represent ‘security’ and ‘safety’.  They do a swell job, but they’re not the only people that are paid by us.

When the Conservative Party of Canada endorses ads that literally throw any other politician ‘under the bus’ because they don’t jump to attention when people say ‘Support Our Troops’, one has to question why they insist on being so insensitive towards the rest of the world that works towards peace and reconciliation as opposed to war.  Alienating the entire public work force in exchange for what they see as a few political points is something that just shouldn’t be tolerated.

Moreso, the timing for the conservative minions could not have been worse to come out with a video that slams Michael Ignatieff and other Liberals (I’m sorry … I can’t find the original source).  They show a frustrating insensitivity towards the families and friends of many young women who may have lost their lives to a senior military leader.

As a reminder, the ‘Support Our Troops’ mentality is one that’s driven by Repulican sentiment in the US and is rooted in the American desire to conquer and dominate the entire planet.  As Canadians, we have neither the resources nor the desire to do so, so why are we being forced to invest so much in the war machine?

P.S.  I also support Peace On Earth.

Stop the Bleeding, Cut the Defense Budget

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The Harper Administration has made a commitment to spend more than $500 billion (BILLION) over the next ten years on the Department of Defense.

Because most of this expense will be on non-Canadian companies and companies in the US and elsewhere that are committed to one thing – eternal strife – we need to seriously re-evaluate this expenditure.

And when we do, the rewards will be fantastic .  Even if we’re brave enough to cut $20 billion from this budget, we’ll easily cover the lion’s share of what’s recently been pledged by the Harper Administration.

If you need rationale for this argument, I came across this piece which might be of interest . The general thought: The Pentagon shouldn’t be used to create jobs.

Who Needs a Draft?

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I’ve argued for a while that the notion of a draft in the US is illogical for two reasons:

  1. It would generate unwanted competition to the $900 per day private contractors such as Blackwater
  2. There’s no need for a draft when people are unemployed.

Unfortunately, I’m proven correct on the second reason, as can be seen with this NYT article .

As massive waves of people face unemployment, the number one employer in the US will likely become the military.  While this notion is in conflict with my first assessment, I doubt there will be too much conflict with the idea, since contractors will still be supplying armour, weapons and a host of other goodies for the unemployed.

Al Qaeda joins ranks of Peter Pan, Zeus

According to this official , there is no Al Qaeda.  The truth about the war on terror becomes more obvious:  identify who benefits and you identify who causes / caused the problems.

"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US." Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

For nearly a decade now, we’ve eliminated a substantial swath of social programs that would make Canada a better country so that we could ‘invest’ in the defense industry to the tune of $500 billion, using terrorism as an excuse.

This is clearly a mistake.