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Conservatives: The only plan is to cut taxes

Compare this quote:

Federal revenues as a percentage of GDP are near the lowest levels in more than 50 years of records posted by the government. Mr. Oliver was asked if that means federal taxes are now as low as they can go.

“I think we could do more,” Mr. Oliver replied. He noted that Canada’s debt in relation to the economy is low by international standards and will shrink from about a third of GDP to one quarter by the end of the decade. Mr. Oliver did not comment on the potential impact of rising interest rates on federal finances.

H/t “the globe and mail

To this famous quote:

I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.

Grover Norquist

The only plan that Conservatives ever seem to come up with is “Cut Spending, Reduce Taxes” then let the rest sort itself out.  (I’m talking ‘fiscal‘ conservatives here) I place that in quotes as we can all accept that any number of the self-same people are fine with spending money on War and Spying on their own people.

But right after an expansion of Government and a pledge to go to war: another pledge by a Conservative to cut taxes.  How does this sound familiar?  Oh yes,  the year 2000.  George Bush Jr. took power, cut taxes and then plunged the USA into an economic downturn that was compounded by lax oversight of the economy (because these things will sort themselves out in the market, yes?)

So; Canada stands at the threshold, letting another Conservative government bankrupt the country while sending kids to die in the Middle East.  I don’t think the Liberals could do a worse job.

 

The most Naiive Republican evers!

I’ve said before that Republicans aren’t too good at protests because we are just too polite, but maybe it’s time we stepped up to the plate EACH time anyway. Maybe we can stop this leftwing hate machine.

As a reminder, Governor Palin is a Tea Party supporter; Andrew Breitbart even basically called her the candidate of the Tea Parties. If any of our readers can put us in touch with New York Tea Party organizers, please let us know

So, if you are keeping notes: Republicans don’t get into protesting, because they are so polite. However, in the same post we see a reference to the ongoing and sometimes very impolite Tea Party protests that have sprung up around the USA.  Amazing.

Lest you think this is unique;  check out this one:

If you want to show your disgust at Pelosi, be there! Now, I’m not one for protests. I’ve been to a few (I think of the Tea Parties more as rallies), and frankly Republicans and conservatives aren’t too good at protest because we are just too well behaved. Take a look at the rest of the protest page:

(emphasis added) http://blogs.chron.com/texassparkle/2009/06/pelosi_protest.html

Why I do declare; it is so beyond us Republicans to mount an effective protest because we are simply to polite:

So Very very Polite.

Yup.

Paragons of Civility and Genteel Discourse.

Never Raising their voices in Protest; except for the most Egregious outrage, just ask the Dixie Chicks.

Free Health Care almost killed me! Except it Totally didn't

People who advocate for Private “American Style” Medicine in Canada crack me up:

Ontario’s healthcare monopoly almost killed Lindsay McCreith. After suffering a seizure in January of 2006, the 66-year-old retired auto body shop owner from Newmarket was told he had a brain tumour. But he would have to wait four-and-one-half months to obtain an MRI to rule out the possibility that it was cancerous. Unwilling to risk the progression of what might be cancer, Mr. McCreith obtained an MRI in Buffalo, which revealed the brain tumour was malignant. Even with this diagnosis in hand, the Ontario system still refused to provide timely treatment, so Mr. McCreith had surgery in Buffalo to remove the cancerous brain tumour in March of 2006.

In Ontario, Mr. McCreith would have waited eight months for surgery, according to his family doctor. Eight months is quite enough time for a cancer to worsen, spread and progress to an irreversible stage. Had Mr. McCreith not paid $27,600 (USD) out-of pocket for immediate medical care, he might be dead today.

Shona Holmes, a self-employed family mediator and the married mother of two children, began losing her vision in March of 2005. She also experienced severe headaches, anxiety attacks, high blood pressure, extreme fatigue, and weight gain. In spite of these serious symptoms and an MRI revealing a tumour in Ms. Holmes’ brain, Ontario’s health care system told her that she would have to wait months to see a specialist.

… (Give me a break, this is alot of text)

With the Mayo Clinic test results and diagnosis in hand, Ms. Holmes returned to Ontario, only to be told to wait for more appointments and tests. Having lost one half of her vision in her right eye and one quarter in her left, and unable to expedite appointments with specialists, she returned to the Mayo Clinic, where surgeons operated to remove the tumour. Within ten days, Ms. Holmes’ vision was completely restored. Visual field testing and a post-operative MRI also confirmed that the tumour caused the vision loss. Surgery had indeed been necessary to save her eyesight. Nevertheless, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) refuses to reimburse Ms. Holmes for any of the expenses she was forced to incur in seeking necessary medical care abroad. While she has returned to work, her husband must now work two full-time jobs to pay off the debts they were forced to incur to save her vision.

Did you ever get the idea that Private Care proponents don’t read their own press?  The answer; in their minds is to sue to force a tiered health care system, where the wealthy can jump the line and take up the limited health care resources because the can afford it.  I mean, what if there was private care in Ontario before these two sad sacks got sick?  Would there magically have been more doctors?  It’s not like the doctors would magically appear out of thin air:

“The United States is experiencing a primary care shortage the likes of which we have not seen,” Jeffrey P. Harris, MD, FACP, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP), told the House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee. “The demand for primary care in the U.S. will grow exponentially as the nation’s supply of primary care dwindles.”

Medical News Today

As the population ages, and dementia, delirium and Alzheimer’s disease impact millions each year, Medicare refuses to grant psychiatry the same “specialty” rates as others, and only pays these physicians about 50 percent of billings.

–Michael Golding

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Patients per Doctor

Perhaps in MAgic Private Enterprise Land, health care is better, by and large, right?

Rank
Country
Life expectancy at birth
(years)
Date of Information
1
Macau 84.36 2009 est.
2
Andorra 82.51 2009 est.
3
Japan 82.12 2009 est.
4
Singapore 81.98 2009 est.
5
San Marino 81.97 2009 est.
6
Hong Kong 81.86 2009 est.
7
Australia 81.63 2009 est.
8
Canada 81.23 2009 est.
9
France 80.98 2009 est.
10
Sweden 80.86 2009 est.
11
Switzerland 80.85 2009 est.
12
Guernsey 80.77 2009 est.
13
Israel 80.73 2009 est.
14
Iceland 80.67 2009 est.
15
Anguilla 80.65 2009 est.
16
Cayman Islands 80.44 2009 est.
17
Bermuda 80.43 2009 est.
18
New Zealand 80.36 2009 est.
19
Italy 80.20 2009 est.
20
Gibraltar 80.19 2009 est.
21
Monaco 80.09 2009 est.
22
Liechtenstein 80.06 2009 est.
23
Spain 80.05 2009 est.
24
Norway 79.95 2009 est.
25
Jersey 79.75 2009 est.
26
Greece 79.66 2009 est.
27
Austria 79.50 2009 est.
28
Faroe Islands 79.44 2009 est.
29
Malta 79.44 2009 est.
30
Netherlands 79.40 2009 est.
31
Luxembourg 79.33 2009 est.
32
Germany 79.26 2009 est.
33
Belgium 79.22 2009 est.
34
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 79.07 2009 est.
35
Virgin Islands 79.05 2009 est.
36
United Kingdom 79.01 2009 est.
37
Finland 78.97 2009 est.
38
Jordan 78.87 2009 est.
39
Isle of Man 78.82 2009 est.
40
Korea, South 78.72 2009 est.
41
European Union 78.67 2009 est.
42
Puerto Rico 78.53 2009 est.
43
Bosnia and Herzegovina 78.50 2009 est.
44
Saint Helena 78.44 2009 est.
45
Cyprus 78.33 2009 est.
46
Denmark 78.30 2009 est.
47
Ireland 78.24 2009 est.
48
Portugal 78.21 2009 est.
49
Wallis and Futuna 78.20 2009 est.
50
United States 78.11 2009 est

Shit, No, Huh?

This is from the CIA World Fact Book, not “My Commie Left Wing Free Halth Care Supporting Guidebook” at all.   I keep for that for verbal debates.

Anyway; the only thing I hate about the free health care is that it isn’t actually universal, dentistry isn’t free, nor is eye care.  All of these things should be free too.  They all relate to quality of life and for the most part good overall health is good for the country, because healthy people both happy and productive and in our Hybrid economy, productive people have money and money is spent.

If anything, the two unfortunates should be suing the Federal and Provincial governments for not ensuring that staffing and funds were there to ensure their good health.  That’s what our taxes as for, not adventures in the Middle East!

Visual Evidence that you're wrong

goodluckfatty

I had the misfortune of reading “Miss Eva”s twitter feed:

@perez hilton stick to Hollywood gossip. Leave the morals of America alone. Miss America is entitled to her views.

Miss California is a strong woman. I’m glad we still have young people with morals and values.

Perez Hilton, should stick to what he is good at, hating on celebrities. He is a gay man with no moral values.

The Miss America judges should be brought to task.

I’m not fond of the “She’s got strong morals” crowd; because if you are familiar with what Miss C said she said she was “Bible Correct”  [SHE’S A BEAUTY QUEEN WEARING MAKEUP AND SHOWING OFF HER BOOBS].  Morals are such mercurial things, sigh.

So, the point of this post.

I went to “TeamRose” or “Miss Evas” blog and read about their Fast.  Their fast started in 2007 and it’s two years later and they have lost a total of 48 pounds.  Yup. They’re not cheating.

Morals Morals Morals Eva.

Why the oddly specific number? Why?

Two Quotes about Chrysler and GM that stick out:

“I know this is difficult,” Mr. Clement said. “I know this affects real workers in real towns and cities across Ontario.

and

CAW president Ken Lewenza has called Fiat’s proposal to cut labour costs at Chrysler Canada by $19 an hour an “unreasonable” demand and has said it is “not going to happen,” arguing the CAW is competitive with unionized environments in the United States.

Why $19 and not a Percentage?  That’s a strange way of doing things.  It’s not like “cut them by 5%”; which would be the normal way to approach cuts.

Something stinks there.  Is there anyone inside of Fiat who can break their wall of silence and pass along the skinny on this?

Also; this again:

“I know this is difficult,” Mr. Clement said. “I know this affects real workers in real towns and cities across Ontario.

If there is something that can be said about Harper is that Canada lives between Alberta and Saskatchewan.  That’s it.  The rest of the landmass that we think of as Canada is “the Rest of it” and is dismissed very easily by the Snow-Texans of the West.

Some Interesting Reading on Tony Clement too (National Post)

In Case you aren't getting it yet

Taibbi:

What’s hilarious about the teabaggers, though, is how they never squawk about waste until the spending actually has a chance of benefiting them. You will never hear of a teabagger crying about OPIC giving $50 million in free insurance to some mining company so that they can dig for silver in rural Bolivia. You won’t hear of a teabagger protesting the $2.5 billion in Ex-Im loans we gave to GE through the early part of this decade, even as GE was moving nearly a hundred thousand jobs overseas over the course of ten years. And Michelle Malkin’s readers didn’t seem to mind giving IBM millions in Ex-IM and ATP loans at the same time it was giving its former CEO, Lou Gerstner, $260 million in stock options.

In other words teabaggers don’t mind paying taxes to fund the salaries of Bolivian miners, Lou Gerstner’s stock options, deliveries of “sailboat fuel,” the Hermes scarves on Sandy Weill’s jet pillows, or even the export of their own goddamn jobs. But they do hate it when someone tries to re-asphalt their roads, or help bail their slob neighbor out of foreclosure. And God forbid someone propose a health care program, or increased financial aid for college. Hell, that’s like offering to share your turkey with the other Pilgrims! That’s not what America is all about! America is every Pilgrim for himself, dammit! Raise your own motherfucking turkey!

And once again, Taibbi:

You know you’re a peasant when you worship the very people who are right now, this minute, conning you and taking your shit. Whatever the master does, you’re on board. When you get frisky, he sticks a big cross in the middle of your village, and you spend the rest of your life praying to it with big googly eyes. Or he puts out newspapers full of innuendo about this or that faraway group and you immediately salute and rush off to join the hate squad. A good peasant is loyal, simpleminded, and full of misdirected anger. And that’s what we’ve got now, a lot of misdirected anger searching around for a non-target to mis-punish… can’t be mad at AIG, can’t be mad at Citi or Goldman Sachs. The real villains have to be the anti-AIG protesters! After all, those people earned those bonuses!

Don’t know about you, but given the choice, I’d rather be an elitist than a peasant any day.

Shamelessly stolen from Rising Hegemon