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,



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