“The way I see it, Obama hit rock bottom in the first weeks of his rule when he bailed out Wall Street and the bankers while ignoring Main Street and the millions who lost their jobs, their houses.
Everything he has done and not done these last five years has been consistent with his obvious corporate agenda.
It was obvious before his election he was merely another corporate figurehead but few could have predicted he would be this bad - Bush Lite.”
0311HardChargerUSMC on Nov 19, 2013 at 15:32:08
“"few could have predicted he would be this bad"
Nearly half the country always knew he'd be this bad.”
Nov 14, 2013 at 16:26:19
Welcome to the 21st Century.
There are still two places in the world which don't have social programs that 99% of planetary civilization does have.
But I somehow doubt you would enjoy life in the People's Republic of the Congo or the jungles of Paraguay.
There's a very extra large problem with letting the Invisible Hand of the Free Market rule the world without regulations and the civilizing influences of social programs.
The Invisible Hand of the Free Market cannot be trusted. It might shake your hand. It might give you a handful of gold, It might give you a hug. But it might also punch you in the face or stab you in the back.
By and large, for most of the people in the world most of the time - it just gives you the invisible finger.
As Conrad said in "The Heart of Darkness", "The horror. The horror".”
“Now is the best time since the Vietnam War era to be Canadian, not American.
Despite the corrupt, undemocratic, greedy stuff Harper has done since 2006, this is the time for Canadians to be very thankful for being Canadian, not American.
A million thanks to all the unsung everyday heroes, most on the lower rungs of the social economic ladder, for all you do - and don't do - everyday to keep Canada out of the hands of the Americanizers and privatizers.
It's been a tough 50 years.
But with magnificent folks like The Work Farce working hard to keep Canada Canadian since the 1960's, we did it.
May the next 50 years be easier and healthier.
You're quite welcome.”
Nov 14, 2013 at 15:14:09
First they came for unemployment insurance, but you weren't unemployed so you did nothing.
Then they came for subsidized housing, but you lived in a house so you did nothing.
Then they came for legal aid, but you didn't need a lawyer so you did nothing.
Then they came to privatize your health care but you had a doctor so you did nothing.
Then they came for your democracy, your community, your pension, your country... But you were doing fine so you did nothing.
Then you got hit by a truck and there was nobody left to come for you...
So you did nothing.”
Ansdlmol on Nov 14, 2013 at 15:31:58
“Democracy as defined by your diatribe is a catch all for the indolent and the weak kneed addict. So to avoid these bottomless oits i suggest the following.
Stay at school and learn a trade/profession.
Avoid drugs and alcohol in excess.
Marry a good women.
Work hard and pay your taxes.
Keep your nose clean and stay on the right side of the law.
This will get you into the happy position of not requiring any of the social peccadilloes you listed. Democracy is the worst form of government there is because it gives yahoos like you the right to vote and hand out your largesse to the indolent and the addicted.and the myriad of social misfits society is shackled with today. Socialism/communism has been shown to be nothing other than the biggest boondoggle of the 20th century but thank the fates we are slowly emerging from under the rock of such a profligate and weakening regimen.”
Nov 14, 2013 at 15:04:14
“Well, first of all, the poor need TV because a computer plus an internet connection is prohibitively expensive. TV gives the poor some connection with the world, local and global.
The poor need TV because a subscription to a print newspaper is quite expensive and everyone should be informed about what's happening, locally and globally.
The poor need TV because it's the cheapest form of entertainment and dilstraction from their problems, especially for the kids.
While I quite agree that living without TV, rich or poor, is an excellent thing to do, the poor by and large have few connections to people. Thus the need for connection provided by TV, however tenuous, is a necessity.
If it comes down to one or the other, internet is more of a necessity, but a used TV and basic cable are so cheap, why deprive anyone?”
Darlene1964 on Nov 14, 2013 at 15:21:02
“Nice response, but I think if thats the case - if taxpayers are paying for this then pony up for internet because it can be as good as tv or better for entertainment and also much more useful for educational purposes and day to day living ( email banking etc.). And before anybody yells that I'm wasting tax payer money I normally don't think we should pay much of anything for anybody but Work Farce has raised some really good points.”
Nov 14, 2013 at 13:06:05
“Can we all have a civilized conversation?
Matter of fact, adequate housing, food, water and a job were declared essential human rights by the UN in 1949.
That's one important reason why rapacious capitalists and fascists hate the UN. and any democracy beyond corrupted elections.”
You might recall, when the South was integrated, allowing black folks to enjoy the same schools, lunch counters, buses, etc. as white folks, many white folks very strongly opposed ending segregation. Some folks couldn't accept the change or had a hard time adjusting. But today nobody says it wasn't the right thing to do.
It's unfortunate that Obamacare isn't being accepted and adjusted to as smoothly as we all would like. But in time, the large majority will find it allright. And it will get better.
Can I "name anything that the government runs that really works?"
Yes. The military-industrial-security complex. It works like the devil.”
Nov 14, 2013 at 10:34:01
Nobody should need to give up necessities to be connected.
The price of millions of disconnected Canadians is too high - deepening poverty, a digital underclass separated and alienated from the mainstream.
Many on the rightwing claim if folks have a TV - or cable TV - they're not poor.
Cruel. The poor need TV more than others.
But that criteria has become outdated. So much of the economy, the culture, the social skills necessary for full participation in the mainstream are digital.
Remember when it used to be said that Internet was the best thing to happen to democracy since the vote was given to women? But democracy is inclusive; high-priced internet connection is exclusive.
Today, it's clear - if you don't have internet, you're impoverished, economically, socially and culturally.
But, as this article shows, having a computer and internet isn't always a way out of poverty and diminshed lifestyle.
Internet connection should be considered a necessity, like housing, hot water and electricity. Noone should be forced to exist without it.
For the sake of democracy, if not for the love of humanity.”
Ansdlmol on Nov 14, 2013 at 13:47:48
Darlene1964 on Nov 14, 2013 at 13:19:44
“I don't disagree with what you're saying but I don't understand why the poor need TV, I don't understand why anyone NEEDS tv, internet connection sure but TV?”
jamster88 on Nov 14, 2013 at 12:09:16
“Wait - so now smarphones are a 'right'.
Why don't you go ask your parents about that.”
Charles the Great on Nov 14, 2013 at 11:06:38
“and the government already provides internet access to the masses. It called go to your local library, they even have the computer for them to use.”
“It's sad really that trying to do the civilized thing - bringing universal health care to the US - Obama's popularity has hit rock bottom.
The 24/7 attacks by Republicans and Tea Partiers have worked.
It's unfortunate that no Canadian leader ever spoke up to reassure our American neighbours that universal health care has worked very well in Canada for the last 50 years.
Some sort of official statement by our political and medical leaders would have helped smooth the transition from exclusive private health care to inclusive universal health care.
As well, a positive reaffirmation of Canada's system would have helped to defend our system against the constant threat of Americanized privatization, a threat certainly becoming more threatening as more Americans come to believe Obamacare is a "train wreck."
I hoped for years such a helpful reassurance would be forthcoming.
It would have been a perfect way for Canadians to remind Americans of our actual existence.
Now for the first time in many years, Canada makes the news in the US .
But the Rob Ford scandal is no way for Canada to win friends and influence people.
Especially powerful gun-toting people who want to submerge Canada, health care system and all, into the American empire.”
tocean96 on Nov 13, 2013 at 21:13:44
“I'm from Canada and you don't want our health care.”
mcpackerfan on Nov 13, 2013 at 13:49:52
“Ding Ding..... The ACA is not universal healthcare. Only the socialist leaders from Canada would say that it works. The general population don't have quite the same rosy impression that you portray. If the roll out of the ACA is any indication of how is is going to work, God save us all. BTW, can you name anything that the government runs that really works?”
Nov 13, 2013 at 10:43:45
“The more people wear the poppy the more the vets are cheated.
People wear the poppy because they're afraid not to.
Fearful submission to a corrupt greedy elitist status quo does the vets no good.
By all means support the vets, but it turns out Canada's armed forces are being cheated just as much as Canada's work force.
Demand a change in priorities from corporatists, politicians, financiers and other elitists to the majority of folks who work and sacrifice for our fellow Canadians.”
Nov 11, 2013 at 10:10:08
“The Vietnam War taught us everything we need to know about the corruption of war, why politicians glorify war, why the military-industrial complex encourages war, why men without prospects are pushed into the military, why they're honoured while the war is being waged but tossed aside when they return home, why politicians are always threatening war, why truth is the first and last casualty of war...
Truly it is said, the Canadian Army liberated Holland and the Canadian hippies liberated Canada.
War is business and politics as usual by all means.
Folks in the armed forces actually have a lot in common with the work force - both are being cheated by the government and the military-industrial corporations.
It's about time the veterans protested.
The rich and powerful conservative elements in North America want endless war because the end of war always brings on a huge wave of liberating liberalism demanding equality and social justice.
It might be argued that the poppy campaign, Remembrance Day, and all the other war memorials throughout the year don't glorify war; but they certainly don't glorify peace.
As long as the dogs of war are a politician's best friends, Canadians will be left in the dark by the fog of war, we'll be living in a web of lies, all the benefits of peace, democracy, equality, community, security, and an honest, compassionate, friendly Canada will recede into the mist of the past.”
deckchair on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:28:31
“As Smedley Butler asked, "War, what is it good for?"”
Oct 20, 2013 at 17:00:21
“Calm down, man.
I said that I agree with folks who want a big compensation for First Nations folks.
What was done to them was very heavy violence.
And we haven't given them good enough restitution and reparations.
So we agree.
Oct 19, 2013 at 22:28:25
Like I said, sonny, confession is good for the soul.
Know what I would do?
I would turn on, tune in and drop out.
Like the hippies always said 45 years ago, "they" should give the land back to the Indians.”
DarrylBrowne on Oct 20, 2013 at 14:40:25
“Good confession?? Explain that ignorant statement!! You have no argument so you resort to insults and childish statements. You have nothing of value to say. And I have no interest in exchanging further with such an ignorant person as you. You are a waste of my time, and you are completely irrelevant.”
Oct 19, 2013 at 10:07:17
“Bernie Farber calling the massive ill-treatment of Canada's First Nations people "genocide"?
Wonders never cease.
It's as if Henry Kissinger called the 1960's and 70's CIA program to subvert, psychiatrize and eliminate the hippies, a "counter countercultural genocide."
Hey, confession is good for the soul.”
DarrylBrowne on Oct 19, 2013 at 21:47:25
“Genocide rears its' ugly head in many forms. You are not informed and yet you speak. We have committed genocide on the Natives in this land on many levels and in many ways. We took away their children, we forced them into residential schools where they were raped and beaten, we took away the ability and knowledge of how to raise their children when we took the children all away, we took away their self worth and self image by denying them their languages, their rites, their rituals, their beliefs, their homes, their land, we took away their very culture and their community. We made it illegal for them to speak their native languages, we made it illegal for them to practice their dances and sweats and anything else that we didn't understand or try to learn about, we starved them and let them die in cold winters without resources to help themselves, and we didn't let them into our society and our communities. Is there anything I left out? Is there anything left? So what would your ancestors do if faced with such a devastating existence in a country that took away their freedom and their families. I know what you would do. You would drink to forget.”
“Hey, like Obama keeps telling us time after time, America is the one indispensable nation.
Without American economic terrorism the world would stop turning.
And even worse, how would civilized nations like Canada know how good we are if we didn't have the American train wreck to kick around?”
“Al qaeda and the other terrorists couldn't destroy America's economy.
But what foreign political religious terrorism couldn't do just might be accomplished by homegrown economic terrorists.
That's what you get when free enterprise, hyper-individualism and fascism collide - an economic train wreck.”
“Take it easy, pal.
The dangerous and terrible thing about throwing so much garbage at the Republicans is you might not have any left to throw at the Democrats.
"You might not have any 'left' to throw at the Democrats.
You don't want Obama and his lousy administration to get away smelling like Mother Teresa? Do ya?”
Sep 30, 2013 at 15:25:00
“39.7% are in favour.
Likely the same 39.7% who always vote Conservative.
I bet Canada's doctors are in favour of merging Canada with the US.
That's why our health care system is deteriorating and millions of Canadians don't have a GP.
Just say, "No!"
Stand on guard, Canadians.
Americanizers are always on the move threatening our Canada.”
“This is what happens when you try to compromise with greedmongers and appease warmongers.
At least if Obama had phased out the health insurance companies and made health care single payer, American health care could have joined the civilized world.
The reactionary Republicans couldn't have done any worse to block him than they're doing now.”
“Life is short.
I've grown old wishing and hoping that my American cousins, guided by the next Democratic President, will someday become a civilized democracy.
Far as I'm concerned, America is finito bandito.”
“This system is still not universal and still not single payer.
The biggest winners are the rapacious insurance companies.
Millions of Americans think Obamacare is a "trainwreck" caused by Big Government.
What must they think about Canada's "socialized medicine"?
They could soon believe it's a weapon of mass destruction caused by "socialism."
Stand on guard, Canadians. Stand on guard.
This all bodes ill for our health care system already deteriorating for many years.”