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Prairie Dog
08-07-2015, 01:54 PM
...I thought that might get your attention. :)


You know how dreams are weird and hard to explain to other people? How when you say to someone, “You were there, but you weren’t you. You were a hobbit and we were having root beer floats with Gandalf” they start to slowly back away?

Well, the other day I was talking about Canadian politics and I noticed it sounded an awful lot like I was describing a dream. I realized that I had only tidbits of information that I’d gleaned from Facebook, radio, headlines (which I don’t click on) and maybe my dad.

Am I alone here?

The scary thing is, I know some of my friends consider me “informed.” Let’s compromise and say I’m your average Canadian. Please read on to find out the average Canadian’s take on #CanPoli.

Harper and his “people” recently passed a bill called C-51; it’s a bill that means if I say bad things about the government, I can be arrested. I think it might be racist, too, but I’m not sure. People were really angry about the bill on Facebook, almost as angry as they were about Cecil the lion. Justin Trudeau was in favour of the evil bill but Thomas Mulcair, leader of the NDP (see, I’m informed), opposed it and that made him a bearded hero.

Now there’s an election starting and I hear it’s going to be long and expensive, like a wedding weekend for a friend you don’t really care about. But what’s really crazy is that Mulcair is leading in the polls.

I may not know a lot but I know that the idea of a Canada led by the NDP is up there with pigs flying in a frozen hell. Oddly, even though it’s Mulcair who Harper should be most concerned about, the only attack ads I’ve heardhave been aimed at “Justin” and how he’s a pot-smoking teenager with great hair who still needs to go through puberty. Did you know that Trudeau’s dad was a famous Prime Minister? His name was Pierre and it’s kind of a God/Jesus thing — if Jesus had turned out to be a disappointment.

Harper also put an ad online about how he’s against the Netflix tax. The ad felt like something you’d see during a high-school election for co-prez but with lesser production value (I was disappointed he didn’t promise free fruit punch in the caf at lunchtime).

I’m not sure when we actually vote, but I’ll find out when I get that election card in my mailbox. I’ll vote NDP because I think I agree mostly with their policies (Netflix tax aside). Imagine the NDP wins?! All roads will be replaced by giant, tulip-lined bike lanes. Everyone will get a free live-in nanny. Prescription drugs will be included in our health care and Gay Pride will be made a national holiday!

Then the country will declare bankruptcy.

Maybe Canadian politics are less a dream, more an acid trip? Either way, I hope you all learned something here today!

Take that, Chantal Hébert.

Rebecca Kohler is a standup comic, writer, actor, gymnast, lawyer and chemist. (Some of this isn’t true.) Follow her on Twitter @becca_kohler.

http://metronews.ca/voices/the-kohler-report/1448469/canadian-politics-feel-like-a-weird-dream-right-now-or-maybe-an-acid-trip/

TheHydrant
08-07-2015, 01:57 PM
well I'm convinced......

Billythreefeathers
08-07-2015, 02:00 PM
...I thought that might get your attention. :)

yep,, for a minute there I though we'd have to shoot a Rabid Dog

blacksmithden
08-07-2015, 02:18 PM
yep,, for a minute there I though we'd have to shoot a Rabid Dog

Oh thank God. He always said to kill him if he ever completely lost his mind and I was already deciding what truck Id have to pack with explosives and drive through his front door. Lol. :) Dont scare me like that PD !!!!!

Pizzed
08-07-2015, 02:20 PM
I can't wait for some economists to get their hands on the NDP platform and cost the thing out. There can be no way that they have accounted anywhere near enough to allow for some of the spending and programs that Mulcair is promising. Unless they're really going to sock it to everyone with his 'polluter pays' tax.

Forbes/Hutton
08-07-2015, 02:34 PM
I can't wait for some economists to get their hands on the NDP platform and cost the thing out. There can be no way that they have accounted anywhere near enough to allow for some of the spending and programs that Mulcair is promising. Unless they're really going to sock it to everyone with his 'polluter pays' tax.

At some point the next debate:
HARPER:" Mr. Mulcair, you made a huge issue out of the POTENTIAL for the government to run a 1.5 billion dollar deficit this year, claiming it would be the result of incompetence and the people responsible had no place running the country. And yet your own figure add up to a XX billion dollar deficit despite including huge tax increases that will affect all Canadians. So why will you not hold yourself to your own standards, and as the numbers show a NDP government will be 10 worse than what you call "incompetent" and withdraw from the race?"
MULCAIR: " We will breed money pooping unicorns. Or raise taxes more."

kennymo
08-07-2015, 03:08 PM
Did you know that Trudeau’s dad was a famous Prime Minister? His name was Pierre and it’s kind of a God/Jesus thing — if Jesus had turned out to be a disappointment.

Howling with laughter, literally howling....

kennymo
08-07-2015, 03:20 PM
Oh thank God. He always said to kill him if he ever completely lost his mind and I was already deciding what truck Id have to pack with explosives and drive through his front door. Lol. :) Dont scare me like that PD !!!!!

Great, now Bob is going to have to write 'bomb threat' in your file. Page 147, Volume 4....

Foxer
08-07-2015, 05:36 PM
...I thought that might get your attention.

Hahaha - yeah, you sure got us good. Well done. (get a rope, boys.)

Prairie Dog
08-07-2015, 06:26 PM
Hahaha - yeah, you sure got us good. Well done. (get a rope, boys.)

http://i366.photobucket.com/albums/oo106/sigp226rfan/30702_zpsf6d8945e.jpg

:)

RangeBob
08-08-2015, 02:01 PM
Maria Mourani (NDP). Public Safety Minister?

"Public Safety is in my DNA", Journal de Montreal August 8 2015

translated "I did all sorts of things. But public safety is my hobby. It is in my DNA, I can not change it"
-- http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2015/08/08/un-virage-au-npd-sans-regret


Je prendrai ce qu’on me donne. Au Bloc, j’ai fait toutes sortes de choses. Mais la sécurité publique, c’est mon dada. C’est dans mon ADN, je ne peux pas le changer

Prairie Dog
08-11-2015, 11:37 PM
Sniped from my FB newsfeed....


An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on) These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?
Neither could I.

Forbes/Hutton
08-11-2015, 11:48 PM
^as proof of the above:

The unexpected backlash when a startup CEO slashed his own salary to pay staff double

When gravity payments founder Dan Price decided to slash his own million-dollar salary and double the earnings of his lowest-paid staff, he was lauded as an example to bosses around the world.

But three months later the CEO of the Seattle-based startup is facing a customer backlash, staff quitting in protest and a court case from his own brother in the wake of the maverick decision.

In April, Price and his company made international headlines when he decided to cut his own $1 million salary by 90% while boosting the minimum wage at his firm to $70,000.

It also brought him praise from across the globe for being a leader for other startups founders when it came to sharing their wealth.

At the time, Price said he wanted to do something to solve the issue of inequality in the US – to find a “capitalist solution to a large social problem”.

I was happy to come up with something to try … but I might be crazy,” he told MSNBC at the time.

Unfair raises and a lawsuit

While the move was going to be phased in over three years, starting from a $50,000 floor this year, it appears that wasn’t enough to keep the Gravity Payments boat steady.

The New York Times reported some customers cancelled their business with the company because of Price’s “political statement”, while others went elsewhere expecting extra staff costs to be passed on in higher fees.

Some pundits also questioned why the CEO was paying himself $1 million in the first place when the fledgling company was only expected to turn a profit of $2.2 million that year.

Meanwhile two of the startup’s best employees quit, citing the pay rises as unreasonable when it meant some new staff had their earnings doubled while long-standing workers got nothing.

He gave raises to people who have the least skills and are the least equipped to do the job, and the ones who were taking on the most didn’t get much of a bump,” one of the pair, Maisey McMaster, told the Times.

Price previously said he had done a risk analysis of the change and the company’s clients were “really proud” of what he was doing.

In another blow after the pay-rise announcement, Price’s brother and company co-founder Lucas Price sued the Gravity Payments CEO for violating his rights as a minority shareholder.

Lucas Price’s lawyer told the Seattle Times the case was “an aggregation of events over the course of years” and didn’t directly relate to the pay announcement.

However Price said he stood by the plan, adding that he “came up with the best solution (he) could”.

There’s no perfect way to do this and no way to handle complex workplace issues that doesn’t have any downsides or trade-offs,” he told the New York Times.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/unexpected-backlash-startup-ceo-slashed-own-salary-pay-151533584.html#wKsPAWq

'World's nicest boss' - Dan Price - falls on hard times

The chief executive of a credit card company is counting the cost of his decision to set a minimum wage of $70,000 for all his 120 employees.

Dan Price, who slashed his annual $1million pay package to help fund his altruistic gesture and was hailed as the "world's nicest boss", has been forced to rent out his own home to make ends meet.

The issue of poverty pay is a sensitive one in the US and some states are already setting higher rates than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

But Mr Price went considerably further after hearing of the problems faced by one friend who said she was struggling to survive on $40,000 a year, which was rather more than he was paying his staff in Seattle.

His decision to increase their pay at the cost of his own gained him global attention and a fair measure of scorn from conservative commentators, such as Rush Limbaugh.

When Mr Price announced the move to staff, it was greeted by enthusiastic applause.

But the honeymoon did not last long. Some clients objected to the "socialist" gesture and withdrew their business from his company, Gravity Payments.

Two valued members of staff resigned in protest at the decision not to increase their pay and maintain some sort of differential among employees.

Mr Price said: "I'm working as hard as I ever worked to make it work. There's no perfect way to do this and no way to handle complex workplace issues that doesn't have any downsides or trade-offs."

Pay and jobs are important issues in the presidential election campaign. Hillary Clinton is supporting a $12-an-hour minimum wage, while Bernie Sanders, the Vermont socialist senator and her strongest rival, is calling for the current $7.25 to be raised to $15.

On the Republican side Donald Trump is in favour of the current minimum wage and opposes any increase, while Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor, described the minimum wage policy as "lame".

Ted Cruz also opposes the minimum wage, while Jeb Bush says it should be left to individual states to decide.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11491296