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70% Agree: Occupy Wall Street Reflects Their Concerns About Corporate Greed

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70% of respondents to a FOX poll (yes, FOX, no less) agree that the Occupy Wall Street movement reflects their concerns that the United States economy and government is being undermined by excessive corporate greed.

Take the poll yourself.

And after you do that, remind everyone around you that it’s time for the corporate free ride to end.

Submit Your Complaint re the Conservative Party Attack Ads

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The new Conservative Party attack ads represent an all-time low for Canadian politics.  Here’s the “Do we really need an election?” and the “Does it make sense to raise taxes?” ad.

Taking someone’s comments and ‘exuberant’ pep rally comments and splicing these comments with outrageous claims should not only be deemed illegal, but should also be banned in this country.

This has nothing to do with freedom of speech.  It has everything to do with credibility.

The Conservatives now have none.

Submit your complaint to the following and demand that these ads be pulled immediately AND that a retraction and apology be submitted in equal air time during the same time slots that the original ads were aired:

Advertising Standards Canada

Also, I’m not 100% sure where the ads might have run, but you should at least follow the recommendations of the CRTC by following up with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC).  These broadcasters have profited by airing this garbage and they should be punished for it.

Here are the contact details for the CBSC:

  • online: www.cbsc.ca
  • email: complaints@cbsc.ca
  • mail: P.O. Box 3265, Station D Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6H8
  • fax: 613-233-4826
  • telephone: 613-233-4607
  • toll-free telephone: 1-866-696-4718

If you did see an ad on a specific network or show, be sure to note the date, time and approximate number of times you saw the ad.

To submit complaints to the individual networks, consider the following:

CTV Complaints

Global Complaints

CBC Complaints

Aside from suing the Conservative Party of Canada, it’s the quickest and most logical recourse.   People this corrupt should not be able to get away with this kind of chicanery.

Why Corporate Tax Cuts (in Canada) Make No Sense

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The January 27 budget is leaking faster than a flatulent elephant after eating a tonne of beans.

More and more details come out every day, and yet the Conservatives don’t have the courage to present it in the House of Commons.

That said, we’ve seen many trial balloons about several topics and the one that we’ll probably have confirmed at the last minute will be a wide array of new tax cuts.

Just as a reminder, the last ones didn’t work.  I’m still waiting for my two cents from the GST cut and now we’re paying the bill for effectively transferring 2% of all transactions in this country to the pockets of corporations instead of our governments.

And the corporate tax cuts have lead to a whopping volume of new jobs, haven’t they?  Oh yeah … they haven’t .

You see … there’s a reason for this.  Canada is in large part a transplant, subsidiary economy.  We’re whores of our natural endownments, junkies for more investments in primary production and victims of our own resources.

We certainly have lots of manufacturing as well, a great percentage of which is controlled not by Canadians, but by Americans, Europeans and other international decision makers.  They say, we do.

And that gets me to my central thesis:  with so much foreign ownership of the Canadian economy, what’s the point in cutting corporate taxes?  When we cut corporate taxes, all we do is enrich the treasuries of other countries.  We need to find creative ways to fund our own economy and future, thank you very much.

If anything, we need to consider greater taxes for those companies that simply come here to extract and leave holes in the ground, swelling tailings ponds and an abundance of nuclear waste.

In the interest trying to avoid being blind to my own ideology, I could be convinced of tax provisions in one area:  those that protect small businesses.  Let’s say we have a tax exemption for any company in this country that employs 20 people or less and/or has revenues less than $1 million per year.

Another suggestion might be special terms (particularly with respect to property taxes and lease rates) for small businesses that establish themselves in downtown or central areas.  This would clearly favour the creative class, as we tend not to do much manufacturing in our cores.

A reduced tax burden for the people that make a difference in our day-to-day living.  I could live with that.