Letter to the Editor – Kevin Parkinson – What do Harper, McGuinty & Obama Have in Common? – December 5, 2009

Letter to the Editor – Kevin Parkinson – What do Harper, McGuinty & Obama Have in Common? – December 5, 2009

What do Harper, McGuinty & Obama Have in Common?

Hypocrisy 101

We are misled and lied to each and every day by the leaders of governments around the world. I think they all take a course called Hypocrisy 101 as a precondition to running for office.

Close to home the McGuinty government is at it again with the HST legislation, which was approved by the federal Conservative government and will pass in Toronto next week.  Complicit in supporting the HST legislation was cheerleader Guy Lauzon who must think that Ontarians need an additional and unfair tax burden.

Stephen Harper says he opposes new taxes but Finance Minister Jim Flaherty stated earlier in the fall that “he wanted the HST implemented across Canada,” but Jim backed off when Harper didn’t want to be seen as supporting a new tax.  Also, Harper would prefer to keep silent about those big tax reductions going to the big corporations.

The HST is an unfair tax because it targets low and middle-income families and it shifts the tax burden from corporations onto working families

Absolutely shameful is what I say and it will likely cost the provincial Liberals the next election just as HST implementation has cost governments in other provinces.

McGuinty will go down in the Guinness record books as the provincial premier who broke the most promises, starting with the medical tax and finishing off with the HST. Ontarians will pay 13% at the cash register for the rest of our lives. I can’t see how this regressive tax will stimulate our provincial economy- it is an outrageous tax grab, and the poorer people of Ontario will suffer the most.

But we can never quite top what goes on south of the border. Although children are now actually singing the praises of Obama in schools, compulsory ‘civic volunteerism’ has been introduced in schools with a paramilitary flavour, and the Boy Scouts (not Brown Shirts) are getting weapons training. Do you see the picture emerging here?

From his trusty teleprompter, Nobel Prize winner and Messiah Obama delivered his message in the home of the brave this week. The jist was that the Pentagon would send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to bring a quicker end to the war!

But here’s what Obama said in October, 2007 when he was campaigning:

    “I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank.”

If you Google “Obama lies” you will find people out there who document this stuff with one site saying that Obama has uttered 158 lies since his campaign.

I have written before that politics is a dirty business. It’s getting worse.  Politicians get elected for 4 years and seem to be accountable to no one. They lie and do the things they said they wouldn’t do, lie again during the next round of election campaigns, and then lie again if they are lucky enough to get re-elected. The system is a farce.

Where are the trustworthiness and the dignity? Where are the positive role models for the next generation?  Is it any wonder that 50% of Canadians don’t bother to vote?

Democracy is an illusion today. People fought hard for our democratic rights in the last century, but those rights are quickly disappearing in the 21st century.

Kevin Parkinson,

Cornwall

www.realitycheck.typepad.com

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11 Comments on "Letter to the Editor – Kevin Parkinson – What do Harper, McGuinty & Obama Have in Common? – December 5, 2009"

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grimalot
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I agree with most of what you said Kevin. Actually all of it. I just wanted to add how much of an additional kick in the teeth it is to Ontario and BC that the BLOC also voted in this tax on us. The only ones that didn’t vote were those that feared backlash (rightly so), and the NDP. But the BLOC getting to vote on this? This is truly showing how messed up our political system is when the party that cares only for their own province (Quebec), can become a federal party in our parliament, and then get… Read more »
Remi Aubin
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I also agree with the writer especially on the HST but I don’t have a reference on the Obama part although that is pretty clear in the Communism Manifesto. Don’t take my word for it. Google it! It’s the Liberal handbook. I voted for them my entire life but no more. Conservatives neither. They all should be lined up. Unfortunately, the editor has personally told me he agrees with the implementation of the horrendous HST. In particular he said in person “what would you rather they replace it with” or something very similar. My reply was that they need to… Read more »
Remi Aubin
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Oh gosh. Did I forget to mention Guy Lauzon? Yes Guy Lauzon voted for the implementation of the HST, which will be a huge burden on poor and working class Ontarians. Given 75% of Ontario residents are against the HST in a recent Angus Reid Poll you have to wonder, who does Guy Lauzon really represent??
Not me that’s for sure but their are a lot of loggerheads that will still vote for him and that is a very deep mystery.

The Watcher
Member
“We are misled and lied to each and every day by the leaders of governments around the world. I think they all take a course called Hypocrisy 101 as a precondition to running for office.” Yes, you probably have a good point there, but why stop with Harper, McGuinty and Obama? Maybe you should consider the facts. First of all, Harper does oppose new taxes, and has lowered them. Remember when the GST was 7%? Without that cut, the cost of a Cadillac Escalade would be $69,550. But the reduction of the GST by two points has dropped the price… Read more »
GelatinousMutantCoconut
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GelatinousMutantCoconut

Hey, the Governor General is making tons of money for a ceremonial position, why not give them a bit of real responsibility? Add a mandate for the GG to hold politicians accountable for what they say. Have them keep track of election promises and make sure the winning side keeps them. The position would have to become electable, say once every 10 years. It wouldn’t be a perfect system, but as Winston Churchill said “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others”.

grimalot
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OMG The Watcher, that is classic!

As for GelatinousMutantCoconut, Ive been saying that our politicians need an impeachment process, so that way if they lie to get their power (ie: Harper, McGuinty, possibly Hudak, and Super Guy [working for the people, YEAH RIGHT!!!!!] Lauzon), then they should have to submit to an impeachment process. But sadly, there will probably be made a law against impeachment processes in Canada, just so they can continue to get away with it.

Stan
Member

Sounds like a witch hunt to me, shades of Salem!

Kevin
Member
First of all, I would like to thank all of the people who have taken the time to respond to my letter, agreeing or disagreeing, it doesn’t matter. At least you are thinking and responding and expressing your opinions. If you go to my website you will see that I get only one or two comments per year, and I have over 100 articles on that site. One of things I keep saying in my writing is that people don’t have opinions, don’t bother to do the research to form them, and simply don’t care. Imagine, with 50% of the… Read more »
Kevin
Member

ERROR IN MY PREVIOUS COMMENT In the second last paragraph, it should have read “collectively we give up our democratic rights”

My apologies.

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