Friday, June 22, 2007

worth mentioning

"Ken," in my comments, made an amusing observation worthy of its own post.

If the Conservative Party of Canada is supporting families with "targeted tax cuts," then the Liberal Party of Canada was fantastic for doing the same for businesses.

(h/t to The Natural Society for the corporate welfare link.)

those damn gas war emails.

I am so excited to find this article on Snopes that I've been waiting all day to blog on it.

How anyone ever got it into their head that boycotting a single gas company at the pumps would make any difference whatsoever to any prices is completely beyond me. It won't.

So read up, folks, and quit forwarding that damned email! It didn't work 5 years ago (or 4 or 3 or 2, or last year), it's not going to work this year, and it won't work in the future.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

public service announcement.

A quick lesson in semantics for all you spinners out there, as appparently you continue to be confused about a fairly simple topic:

A tax cut (or tax relief) has been put in place when, after implementation, Canadians are able to keep more of their money. The government never touches the money and has absolutely no say in how Canadians spend it.

Spending is when the government collects the money of hard-working Canadians and then redistributes it as it sees fit. Any money that goes through the government before being returned to the Canadians from whom it was wrested is spending, and in no way constitutes tax relief. It is spending even if it is done through the tax system, and especially if the money is returned only to groups arbitrarily specified by the government.

The former shows respect for Canadians by allowing them to make their own decisions with their money. The latter is nothing more than forced subsidization of the lifestyles and values the government wants Canadians to live at the expense of the lifestyles and values Canadians espouse for themselves.

This is true no matter how many times you mislabel your spending and no matter how hard you hope that Canadians swallow your spin.

This announcement has been inspired by the new Tory youth ad, which is, in my opinion, way too heavy on the blue kool-aid to compete with its Liberal predecessors.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

quote of the day:

From The Natural Society:
That reminds me... Michael Moore just did a documentary called "Sicko" in Cuba about how wonderful their health care system. Apparently good health care is the major determinant of a good society. Freedom and social mobility are so overrated. Makes one wonder why thousands of people brave shark-ridden waters every year to get the hell off that island and live as illegal immigrants without health care in the US. Perhaps they should watch Moore's movie to better understand how great they had it.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Guelph business forced to close for fighting Smoke Free Ontario Act

(photo by Dave Carter at the Guelph Mercury)

The last Ontario business owners fighting for property rights over their businesses by allowing smoking on the premesis are being forced to shut down as the Ontario government begins denying business licenses for infringements of the law.

Clubhouse Donuts, a Guelph business that has been defying smoking by-laws since 2000, has been forced to close its doors as the Ontario government revoked its license to do business.

Still, the spirit of its freedom-fighting owner is not broken. She says that she and her patrons will be fighting their convictions by appealing to a higher court once the fines enter the collections phase.

"I think it infringes on private property rights," said Reid, who has operated the business for 10 years, and watched as its revenues diminished significantly after the smoking laws were introduced. "I think this is an issue about civil rights and civil liberties, and it is a choice that I should have a right to make for myself as a business owner."


Reid said she and her supporters will fight in court the convictions under the local bylaw and Smoke-free Ontario Act charge because they say the smoking laws give the government too much control.

"We see it as the first step in a chain of government control issues," she said. "And that makes us frightened and that's why we are taking a stand."

Unfortunately, not all business owners are as resilient as this woman. The local Windsor heroes sporting these signs shortly after the ban came into effect have since taken them down and their fight for the rights they have over their property has fallen by the wayside. However, these owners still feel strongly about the laws, and I'm told if you get them going, you're in for one heck of a rant before you can leave their store.

Court challenges are likely the last hope for freedom-fighting Ontario businesses. With the level of brainwashing that's taken place regarding tobacco products and use I'm less than optimistic, but it's heartening to see people like Diana Reid standing up for individual rights against all odds.

x-posted to Bureaucrash
h/t: Paul from Blue Blogging Soapbox

Friday, June 01, 2007

accountability is not a partisan issue

Don't worry folks, no matter how much more of your money MPs and senators hoard to pad their salaries, they're being accountable about it now, so it's OK if the Tories support it.

Bernier's bad bet

Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press Maxime Bernier is taking a gamble. He believes that there is a large, disenfranchised voting bloc in Canada...