Ignatieff, Layton and Duceppe; the 3 Stooges

My most humble apologies to Larry, Curly and Moe for the comparison. It isn’t fair to compare comedic genius to the idiots in the subject line.

A fragile economy. A world walking a fiscal tightrope. Civil unrest in the four corners of the world. Canada keeping its head, only slightly above water, economically and these morons vote down the government. I heard the budget and sure, I was disappointed that there was, yet again, nothing for the working class. Only a token nod toward the seniors but that’s all that can be afforded right now. How is it, that I can “get it” and these pompous airbags in suits don’t?

How is it that the average Canadian understands that we don’t have money for another election and they do not? Is there something wrong with the oxygen level in the opposition parties’ council chambers? Too much lead in the water?

The strategy chosen by Ignatieff and Layton is to appeal to Canadians and our love of social programs. Apparently, not enough money is being allotted to these monetary sieves of broken initiatives. Duceppe? Well, his typical tunnel vision and hauls out Quebec pride and its fantasy wounding. (Strange, I’m a Quebecker and I don’t feel my pride has been wounded.)

The worst cases of our money, those huge amounts you see removed from your pay cheque, go toward social, educational and medical programs that simply don’t work, haven’t worked and anyone with a modicum of an I.Q. would have seen this before they were initiated.

Let’s take this Parental Leave program – a particular irritant of mine. People choose to have a child. Absolutely, go for it – there is nothing more wonderful than sharing your life with children. But..the average tax payer is expected to contribute to a fund that permits Mom or Dad, or both, to take time off work, so that they may bond with their child. Wonderful sun shining thought but typical of a society that expects government (taxpayers) to foot the bill as a result of a sense of entitlement.

Imagine being told that you have to pay for your neighbour’s vehicle because they “want” it. (I’ve only had 1 coffee and the analogy sucks but the premise works.) Your neighbours made that decision. They didn’t ask for your input but you are being told you have to pay for it. Doesn’t matter that they, quite possibly, make far more money than yourselves – you have to foot the bill.

I can understand a parental leave program, if the couple makes .. say, under $75 K combined but when you have people with a combined income exceeding that amount? Then you have a system that was not thought out nor is it fair, for anyone but the financially solvent couple. This program should have been created with a sliding scale and an income cut-off.

The same thing should have been applied to the $7 a day, daycare. It should not be permitted to extend to couples where one does not work or works from home. There are desperate parents, both of whom work and work at jobs that don’t permit 2 cars, vacations and a nice home in the ‘burbs, left out in the cold, because there are no places available for their children. The abuses of the ideal behind the program are rampant and nobody is available or willing to call a halt to it.

Welfare. At one point, the Quebec government tried to implement a program, whereby, if you accepted welfare, you would be required to work. They screwed it up and the program failed. Welfare recipients were sent to menial jobs at minimum wage and the monies they earned were deducted from their welfare cheques. Dumb. Where’s the incentive? Where’s the encouragement to progress? May as well stay home and not take those menial jobs. The recipients were worse off under that system than if they sat home and just collected the cheques. They would have to pay for child care, transportation, meals – none of which were taken into consideration. See what I mean? Stupid. Screwed up.

The Quebec government have such a golden opportunity to turn this province around from a have-not province, to one with a definitive future. A positive outlook.

  1. Welfare – stop sending cheques out without offering opportunities. Stop creating a sub-culture of hopelessness, of families with generations of welfare cases.
  2. Absolutely, request that recipients take jobs but take into consideration the cost of living, the costs of getting to work, of caring for the kids, of actually eating and paying bills.
  3. More low cost housing – in “nice” neighbourhoods. Stop creating low income ghettos.
  4. More programs designed to educate and create a skilled workforce. The government is crying about the lack of skilled workers in the trades. Start offering subsidized education in conjunction with the welfare system. Give people something to work toward – an eye to a better life.
  5. Police the system more effectively. There are a lot of abuses going on. I don’t think there is a person in Quebec that doesn’t know someone who is scamming the current system.

I don’t see that any of this infringes on the right of the individual. Of course, there will be those who kick up a fuss about being expected to actually move forward but that’s the governments’ both PQ and Liberals fault. They created the problem and now, someone needs to fix it. Too much to ask, I’m afraid. Far easier to piss away the money of the working class taxpayer than to sit down and find solutions to broken systems.

Medicare and health – why not a 2 tiered system? Why not take the pressure off public clinics? If someone can afford to pay for treatment – then let them, in fact, demand that they do. How galling that someone who lives on the mountain or out in the wealthier neighbourhoods on the West Island is taking the place on the waiting lists that is needed by someone with less-than? I have insurance. If I can use a private clinic, I do so. If I heard of doctor who requires payment? Why not? If I have a medical issue, why should I take the place of someone with fewer financial resources than myself? As for the claims that the private clinics would offer better care? Get over it – all doctors receive the same education. If this option were available and the government monitored the goings on, as is their responsibility, there should be no room for abuses. And if abuses were found? They should be dealt with – not through that joke of a Physicians Old Boys Club but by the courts.

The various levels of provincial and federal governments have managed to turn a proud society, willing to work, to build a proud country, into a society with an unbelievable sense of entitlement.

Education Look at the kafuffle by the university students. Tuition is going up, after it has remained the same for over 30 years. What is at the bottom of this? Entitlement. These kids truly believe that it is their right to a cheap education. Again, what’s wrong with a sliding scale? Students involved in degrees that will benefit the welfare of Canadians health and welfare? Give ’em lower tuition rates but degrees that are not of relevance to society – degrees in literature, art, journalism and music? Full tuition. Medicine, nursing, engineering, the applied sciences, computer technology? Those degrees benefit society in the short and long term, there should be a break for these people. Again, people expecting someone else to foot their bills. Where do these supposed educated young folk think this money is coming from? The government? Okay, now let’s analyze that. And where does the government get this money? From the tax payers.

A large scandal from a few years ago, was the number of student debts that were defaulted. There should be no leeway for defaulting on an education, rated as the cheapest in the country. That is disgusting and indicative of this sense of entitlement. You took the bursaries, the grants, the loans – then you pay it back. That’s it, that’s all. The cry from the students was the unfairness of starting their working lives off in debt. And? Welcome to the world. Glad you could join us – park your inflated sense of entitlement at the door. Think your education is a huge debt? Wait a couple of years and report back, would you? This debt will seem like a walk in the park.

Most of the above are problems at the provincial level but the Feds could do a lot to improve things – sliding scale again – transfer payments. If a province is proving itself to be run for the people as opposed to being run for the benefit of bureaucrats, if the provincial government shows fiscal responsibility and prove itself to actually be working toward the betterment of the residents? Assign the transfer payments in kind. The more the province does and proves itself to be fiscally and morally responsible? The more money in transfer payments.

Taxpayers, particularly the working class, simply cannot shoulder anymore debt caused by inefficient, partisan and crooked government.

Out of all 4 parties up for re-election? I’m going Conservative. I’m tired of being told that I must pay for social programs that don’t work. For debts that I have not incurred. Being told that I must see more of my tax dollars poured down the toilet in an election that I neither want or need.


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One response to “Ignatieff, Layton and Duceppe; the 3 Stooges

  1. Popeye Boyle

    Excuse the pun, but ‘There’s never any rest for the wicked’. And yes, ‘the Three Stooges’ do embody that ugly spirit, especially now, when we Canadians are at Rubicon’s edge.

    Excellent commentary. I agree on every mottle.

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