THAT WAS 2002/2001.
how many more trillions have gone missing "magically"?
we already lost 10 billion in US currency, packed in crates, sent to Iraq, and then "magically" disappeared. and when asked what happened to it? no body knows. no body cares.”
godipo on May 30, 2011 at 04:59:23
“Not to mention all the crony contracts, the absurdly obvious failure of privatization...did you hear about the NSA's multi billion dollar failed software program? And the hubris that prevented the department from using an existing software program, leaving us less safe and a lot poorer?”
“from what I have read, he does dare. and he does do.
he's already stated that he will end publicly funded elections.
so you folks will be traveling the same path as us.
you can stay in denial, but the writings on the wall.”
“you miss the point.
he's stated very clearly he will end funding of elections as they are now. that means corporate spending in elections.
which means Canada will travel down the same path as us.
once elections are not publicly funded, and corporations and the rich get into it, that's it. that's the game.”
“Thanks, but this is nearing the end of the road.
And allow me to reiterate said condolences back considering that Canada is on the same path. Harper will make sure of that. And now he has the majority. He's unstoppable.”
Grant in Calgary on May 27, 2011 at 20:43:15
“He wouldn't dare . . . all hat, no cowboy.”
thcatt on May 27, 2011 at 20:33:58
“Canada is in fine shape and always will be. Most are very well educated and they don't let emotions and hatred think for them. Unlike their too large neighbor.”
mrsmdressup on May 27, 2011 at 20:31:33
“Harper is a mouse compared to what you are dealing with with your congress and supreme court.”
“Everyone needs to calm down.
This is just another nail in the coffin marked USA.
But just ANOTHER one. And after the first, does it really matter. No of course not.
RIP USA. well at least most of it. The rich will be fine.”
“And this thing deserves to be tax exempt?
Does any church? Don't they use the same public resources as us?
Why are they tax exempt? Are they "better" than us? I guess so.
Passerineblue on May 28, 2011 at 08:48:50
“This tax business is really the point. There's nothing in the Constitution which states that churches or other "charities" should be tax exempt. I can see an argument that a true charity should be tax exempt if it is in fact providing for the poor and unfortunate. The theory is that these entities are providing services which the government would otherwise have to provide, so they should not be taxed. So, there is an argument that true non-profit charities should be tax exempt.
However, not all churches would qualify as true non-profit charities. Rev Long's certainly would not and I propose that a lot of so called "mainstream" churches would not either.
The IRS is frankly terrified of raising the issue of auditing churches to insure that they are in fact non-profit and using their contributions for charitable purposes. Time to get them to change the tax code to insure that churches are audited and treated with the same scrutiny as other non-profit charities claiming a Sect. 501(c)(3) exemption.”
“Sadly the game is lost.
You folks never had a chance.
Just look to the south and see what your future entails.
And look to recent US history and see they're using the same tactics in Canada. And they won. Just like her in the US.
Good luck. All that is happening here will happen in Canada.
Good luck to you all. You will need it.”
“No problem working for the paper.
As long as the paycheck kept coming in. Did whatever was commanded. "Just following orders".
I recommend that defense to all NOW employees. It does work. Works very well these days.”
Philip Todd on Jul 11, 2011 at 14:24:23
“Ah the old Nuremburg defence. Didn't work then either.”
“Excellent piece. Well written. To the point.
However, the game is lost. Sorry, that ship sailed.
There's a reason why Canada is referred to as the 51st state.
And like the US, it will get worse. There is no stopping it. Sorry not cynicism or pessimism, just reality. Writings on the wall but few want to read it.
Look what happened in the US. You think we didn't see it? Or we chose not to see it.
Good luck. You are all going to need it.”
“This is coming to the rest of the country.
They don't have to outlaw abortion. They just have to gut it to the point of uselessness.
Same for SS, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Same for every federal dept., ex EPA, FDA, ...
Same for the government themselves.
Hope the police depts are happy. Because you folks will be on the list but at the very end when they've taken care of those not trained with guns with the help of the police.
They come for everyone eventually.”
“I ignored you the first time for a reason.
Let me spell it out for you in small words - I NEVER SAID THAT!
Go back and read what I wrote. And if you must, then jump to conclusions on your own time.
I would love to have a conversation. But how can one have a conversation with someone who is immediately defensive? You can't.
That's not a conversation. That's a shouting match. And if that's what you want, then go shout at someone else.
And don't give me the tripe that I said don't enjoy hockey.
If that's what you "read", then you need to reread it.
I'm not trying to be insulting, but no matter what I say, you take it as such.
So if you want to have a conversation, then stop with the "he said don't enjoy hockey" BS. I never said that!”
Tony Pepperoni on Jun 15, 2011 at 15:34:10
“Sorry, but if we are going to read each other's posts, where did I say you don't enjoy hockey? You seemed to be quite clear that we deserved bad government because we are "focused on this nonesense" simply because were commenting in a story about tonight's game.
You did ignore me for a reason. That reason is that you have no answer, because it is plainly obvious that someone can enjoy hockey games and still be involved in their country's well being. See that is the thing about trolling, it only works to get emotional responses. But I don't do that.”
Jun 15, 2011 at 13:57:15
“That's how they want it.
Everyone competing against the lowest labor in the world. Just like here in the US.
Get ready to have all your jobs shipped overseas. It will happen.
How do you "compete" with sla/v/e labor working at $2 per DAY?
You can't so you get fired. And the CEO and executives get a bonus.”
Jun 15, 2011 at 13:52:40
“Sorry, but I can't help but laugh.
You folks are getting the US capitalist treatment.
A living wage? No way. The royalty will crush it.
The Canada Post strike and Air strike is the beginning of the end for all the non-rich in Canada.
Just like Reagan, they will crush the unions and then all the money goes to the top.
And the Cons are using the same playbook of blaming the workers. They haven't even changed the plays. You folks are also FU.BA.R.ed, like us in the US.
And check out http://sixthestate.net/?p=2277.
So while the workers sacrifice, the CEOs and executives keep getting their bonuses.
Haha, you folks better get used to less wages, less or no benefits, and forget about vacation. Just keep working till you fall over, and then the next peon will take over.”
turkeylurky on Jun 15, 2011 at 18:40:38
“Agreed, public sector workers should be able to get whatever they want cause in the end we pay for their cusshy overpaid monopoly jobs and their ironclad inflation protected, taxpayer paid pensions.
So go ahead and disrupt the service we overpay for.”
“Keep buying into the gladiator sports.
While your country is stolen from you.
Like the US, you people deserve it because you would rather focus on this nonsense than the takeover of Canada by the rich.”
Drak on Jun 15, 2011 at 15:46:36
“Wow lighten the f up.”
viewfromuphere on Jun 15, 2011 at 15:21:57
“it's one night......chill ....”
retourner on Jun 15, 2011 at 13:59:08
“Keep telling yourself that.
Maybe it will make it all OK.
Enjoy your reality TV. It's all the same.”
Tony Pepperoni on Jun 15, 2011 at 13:52:06
“Please tell me, what are you doing tonight that is going to save us all? I personally am 100% capable of being a fan and keeping well informed on politics at the same time. It is actually quite easy for me. Sometimes I might even read a book, or take a class, or ride my bike.
How about instead of wasting your time commenting on a sport that you clearly have no interest in, you write a letter to your MP? That would be great... mmmm'kay.”
maxben on Jun 15, 2011 at 13:50:38
“Go to hell.
Those who cannot find pleasure in sports of any kind are the saddest of the sad.
Not everything has to do with the rich and poor, no matter how much Marxists love that reductionism.
Our country is not being stolen because of our system, it allows for majority parties that can undue any damage done before them and lead the country in whichever direction the people who voted for them suppor.
But some people hate democracy, particularly the people who feel injustice in the face of the ruling party (whether its socialist and the Tories in power, or tories when the Liberals or, hopefully eventually, NDP are in power).”
“Everyone relax. Nothing to see here. Keep walking and ignore the poor.
THEY DO NOT MATTER!
Didn't you folks learn from us in the US? The poor deserve this. Keep repeating that. It worked in the US, and it is working in Canada.
You MUST blame the unemployed, the working poor, and the poor.
You MUST blame them for the economy as well.
At some point, you MUST blame teachers for ... well here in the US we blame them for everything.
You MUST blame the workers for everything. Company fails? Workers' fault. Who steered the company into the pits and made the decisions??? ALWAYS blame the workers. The CEOs and execs, ie. the royalty, made millions while the company went down. But that's because they "worked" for it. NEVER blame the royalty.
Look how well this worked for us in the US.
And you folks are blindly following the same ideology.
H will buy his jets while the poor and working poor, and eventually the middle class will be in this category, will suffer. But do not care about the poor. F the poor, and anyone who's not rich. Just like JC said.”
Sirlarek on Jun 16, 2011 at 17:03:53
“You're right...it's my fault for listening.”
Pastilles on Jun 15, 2011 at 18:02:11
“You do have a good point. The amazing thing is, as the U.S. big-wigs blame the poor, the elderly, the middle-class and everyone else who tanks it's economy by needing the government from time to time; these same people vote in the jerks who are screwing them.”
Jeremyewilliams on Jun 15, 2011 at 15:48:40
“F&F, exactly how things are.”
BritishColumbian on Jun 15, 2011 at 15:29:03
“And with the assault on unioned, organized work force the problem will continue to get worse.
A passionate and much appreciated overview. F and F”
cdnman on Jun 15, 2011 at 15:24:08
“Not to mention low income seniors...it's our fault we can't do more than exist now.....”
SayBlade on Jun 15, 2011 at 14:10:03
“You have a keen understanding of the problem. Faved.”
Same thing happened in the US.
The CEOs make millions, but the workers, WHO DO EVERYTHING, have to sacrifice.
Here in the US, less pay, more hours, less benefits, or no benefits, no vacation (paid vacation is not for us peons/middle class anymore).
And the CEOs? Millions and millions in bonuses while they fire workers and ship jobs overseas.
They never stop taking.”
“CEO's make millions and millions.
And they want the workers, THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY DO EVERYTHING, to take a hit?
This is the same B/S/ they did down here in the US.
They won't stop at pensions. Expect lower pay, longer hours, less benefits.
Vacation? Forget about it. Peons don't need vacations.
Either the workers stand up now, or be forced to accept whatever crumbs they deign to give you.
Just look at what happened to the US. CEO pay up, even after they destroyed their companies, the economy, are wholly incompetent, and needed a taxpayer bailout to survive.
Many workers were fired even after this so the CEOs could get their bonuses. The same CEOs who destroyed their company.”
Hugemidget on Jun 14, 2011 at 21:52:08
“Sadly, I think we're headed this way up here too. The attack to annihilate what's left of the middle class intensifies, and it starts with busting all unions.”
Jun 14, 2011 at 14:28:33
“Maybe I'm wrong about you Canadians.
You have a lot more backbone than I thought.
BTW, check out what happens in the US when labor "agrees" to the demands of management.
See the auto workers.
Or state workers in Wisconsin.
Who caused the problems at GM? Who made the decisions that tanked the company? The workers? Or the CEO/executives who RAN the company?
And who continued to make millions and bonuses AFTER they crashed the company? The executives and CEO.
Who took pay cuts? Pension cuts? Healthcare cuts? The workers.
They ran their propaganda that the lazy, selfish, overpaid workers were the cause of the problems. Not the executives who steered their company into ruin.
And here in the US, it worked.
Let's see if you Canadians are any smarter than us.
BTW, it starts small and then it builds. Wall Street contracts are sacred. So are CEO/executive contracts. "A contract's a contract".
But workers' contracts, ... not so much. They just file for bankruptcy and rip up the workers' contracts.
Less pay, less pension, less healthcare, and less benefits every year. Just look down here and see what happens if workers capitulate. They never stop taking.”