Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Grab and Grope Politics


New homes will cost more.

So will bicycles, haircuts and meals in restaurants.

Tourists will be no doubt delighted when their dinner bill arrives with a mysterious extra 12%.

Maybe they'll just mistake it for an automatic gratuity.

But never fear.

Colin is here.

That would be Colin Hansen, your ever optimistic provincial Finance Minister.

Now, HEEEEERE'S Colin!

“Eliminating the PST and replacing it with the HST will make B.C. more competitive, it will stimulate the economy and it will result in more jobs in every region of the province.”

Hahahahahahahahahahaha...

At the Special Presentation Skills workshops that government employees must attend every week, they are coached on how to say things like this with a straight face.

"Now, look. No giggling, gaffawing or chortling. Above all, smile, smile, smile! Remember our motto: ALL OF THE PEOPLE CAN REALLY BE FOOLED ALL OF THE TIME. Now, get out there and dissemble like crazy."

So businesses will collapse.

So families will be stretched way beyond their limits to put food on the table and get their kids into exercise.

So, thank goodness, the government knows better than all of us what we need.

Yesterday, the same government announced $25 Million cuts in social assistance.

From a reduction in dental visits to a cancellation of the province's minimum shelter allowance, the government hopes to save $25 million over the next two years through the reductions — something it says needs to be done in light of a recent explosion in demand for income assistance.

Nice.

"The budget is very tight because of the increase in the number of people on social assistance," said Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman.

"It's a reality of life that you've got to balance your services to what you can pay for."

Last week, the Premier proudly announced his new multi-million dollar 24/7 gambling emporium for downtown Vancouver.

This government's priorities are very clear.

It can only be hoped that this heinous, cynical HST grab will be the final nail in the BC Liberal government's coffin.

Oppose this legislation and this administration in every reasonable way.

6 comments:

RossK said...

"...Yesterday, the same government announced $25 Million cuts in social assistance....

Because I've been helping my 10 year old with her Math homework, I've actually learned how to do long division, by hand, again.....

Let's see here....

$450 million for a new roof on the marsmallow that will be paid for by a new Casino-O-Polis divided by $25 million equals.....

Seventeen.

Yes, that's right - if we told the sporting welfare queens to pay for their own roof we could use the money for the Casino-O-Polis to pay for the cuts in social services for seventeen years.

Right now.

Or if you divided the Casino-O-Polis by $5 million that means that we could fund the recently cut Autism intervention program for....get this....85 years!

Long division - it's not just for slide-rules anymore.

Thanks David.

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Dave C. said...

David,

As if the increase in the numbers of people requiring social assistance is totally disconnected with this government's policies. Why aren't more people insulted and angry about this BS?

DC

Evil Eye said...

David, it will not be the final nail into the Liberal coffin. The NDP have ab idiot at the helm and they can't get rid of her because she is a woman. The 'idiot' in charge of HMLO hasn't a clue and will fuel the Gordo-ites to support his evil ship of fools.

BC is in dire straights and unless a knight in shining armour comes along soon, all will be lost!

Norman Farrell said...

Don't you love the supercilious grin that accompanies his defense of HST?

Is he being disdainful or is he embarrassed by the job he is doing?

Anonymous said...

Interesting name for the HST legislation: "CONSUMPTION TAX REBATE AND TRANSITION ACT"

I must have missed the rebate part.

RonH

RossK said...

Whooops.....

Just pulled out my old Lada....errrrr...Texas Instruments Behemoth....$450mill/$25mill actually = 18 years of restored social services for the cost of one new skin atop the giant Marshmallow.

Apologies.

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