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NDP Socialism – 21st Century Suffering

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Norman Mailer¬†¬†once said ¬†“The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level”¬†¬†and¬†Larry¬†Sechrest¬†was quoted as saying¬†”¬†Each new government¬†regulation taxes the private sector, relentlessly shifting resources out of the hands of the productive, and into the hands of the unproductive.. Two quotes that seem relevent in today’s world¬†looking at the European crises that was based on a social system, and¬†concerning for Canadians since this European democratic¬†socialism¬†is the¬†same system that the Liberals and NDP have envied for decades and are still¬†striving for.

After all the suffering in Greece and other European countries its hard to believe that anyone in Canada would seriously consider the NDP or the Liberal brand of governing. Maybe¬†Rodger Scruton¬†had it right when¬†¬†he said “¬†It is not the truth of¬†Socialism that explains the willingness of intellectuals to believe it, but the power that it confers on intellectuals”. The NDP and the Liberals are certainly showing they want power they way they have been foaming at the mouth and¬†vilifying Steven Harper and the Conservatives. Their lust for power alone should¬†alert Canadians that there is¬†a problem with these parties.

Greece fell into the Socialist trap many years ago with a system that gave the workers lavish bonuses of up to 1300 euros per month for just being able to use a computer¬†or arrive at work on time. Employer’s were forced to provide severance packages to retired workers up to 50% of their wage for up to 24 months with 20,000 euros tax-free. ¬†Greece also offered the most generous pension system in the EU, with a pension of 90% to 110% of final earnings for some employees. Small wonder¬†why the Greeks were sold this bill of goods. Money for nothing! Little did they know they were bleeding the cash cow dry, that is the companies¬†that provided all the jobs.¬†I wouldn’t doubt that¬†many Greeks¬†still don’t realize there¬† is a problem with their economy,They think someone¬†is waiting in the wings to¬†bail them out. But there out of luck and money and in for a very rough ride. With all the money¬†that was¬†sucked out of business and given to an unproductive government for benefits, made¬†their down fall¬† inevitable.

The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency

Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus (1991)

Once elected ,these social governments (NDP) usually transform into  hierarchical societies with all the power, while the masses end up with little rights and freedoms. It amazes me that so many working Canadians and students are being sucked in like the Greeks, especially when the European crises is so highly publicized and that Canada, under the Conservatives actually have one of the best economies in the world, even though we have to depend heavily on the USA for most of our trade. These social governments are even happening at the local level like in Calgary where the alderman have decided to take it upon themselves, with little input from the public, to ban a food product which are actually under the federal jurisdiction.

Canadians have to start taking note that they are under attack from Social left, before we end up like Greece and suffering their fate.

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Something’s Fishy At Calgary City Hall?

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So whats going on in the Calgary city hall these days? I heard through the grape-vine¬†the environmental¬†socialist have taken over. Yes that right. The city council, all but a few have decide to ban shark fin soup. No kidding, ban a bowl of soup. As if this is the most important thing they have to do.¬†City Hall¬†has decided that the shark¬†population is¬†in great decline the world over and they have to step up and save the shark. It all sound like a great¬†idea at first glance until you learn that the great Canadian David¬†Suzuki¬†is in favor of the BC shark fishing industry on sustainable shark fishing. So why is the City council so head strong on COMPLETELY¬†banning a legal BC INDUSTRY when the greatest Canadian environmentalist in Canada favors the industry? I guess the bottom line is what gives the Calgary City council the right to dictate what legal products we as Calgarians can eat?¬†I agree that fishing sharks just for their fins is completely absurd, but in a controlled legal industry where the whole fish is used (as in BC)¬†there is no reason for the city council to run rough shot over the public and dictate what they can or cannot eat. This is completely abusing and misusing their power as alderman. The way the council is thinking, they¬†can virtually ban what ever they wish¬†.¬†This is pure¬†rubbish. The¬†voters didn’t vote them in for this abuse.

I’m also hearing through the grape-vine there is starting to be a huge backlash that could last right on into¬†the next election if this is not resolved. Thousands of signature have already been gathered in just a few weeks on a petition to stop this foolishness of city council¬†dictating what Calgarians can eat. The idea that city councilors can use their power to promote their pet environmental projects on the taxpayers back is stirring up a hornets nest that’s going to sting badly in the next election.

Getting back to the bowl of shark fin soup that the council wants to put a complete ban on, one has to wonder if they really did any research on the subject. You don’t¬†have to go to far to find that the federal government has already banned shark fining (cutting the fin of the shark and throwing the rest away) back in the 1990’s. You also don’t¬†have to google too much to find that Canada has a legal shark fishing industry that is regulated and fishing sustainable shark fish. The shark fins¬†are part of the fish that is sold legally.¬†So what reason would city council have to run down and ban a legal Canadian industry? The only reason I can think of is they just don’t¬†know all the facts.

I’m all for protecting the environment and our wildlife, but what the Calgary city council is doing cannot be tolerated, that’s telling us what we can eat.¬†As I mentioned before the voters of Calgary expect the alderman to work on matters that concern the city and spend our tax dollars wisely. They don’t expect them to put endless hour and tax dollars¬†on their pet¬†environmental projects. We have a federal government to look after the fishing industry. Enough of this socialist dogma.

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Written by Ken McGregor

October 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Canada’s Socialist Bandwagon

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Canada under the NDP

In Canada,¬†a country that prides itself on freedom and the enterprising spirit, its amazing to watch the socialist left¬†movement gain so much steam in Canada. Truckloads of leftist spewing their venomous condemnation at Steven Harper and the Conservatives. All but a few news media shouting for¬†¬†PM Harper’s head. So, whats this all about? Why is there such a hatred for the Conservative from the Socialist left? Many of the reasons seem to be to¬†push their own special interests¬†and promote their ideology. Unless you’re a member in these special interest groups there’s really¬†not much in it for you, the ordinary folk.

Since the Unions¬†are loosing members and the government is looking at new rules to allow members to opt out of the union , unions¬†are facing a massive loss of¬†¬†revenue¬†with reduced union dues being paid.¬†This is money they use to promote their own agendas¬†and donate to friendly¬†political parties that share their views. ¬†With their massive amounts of money collected from union dues, they have the means and power to change laws that benefit their special interest. It’s a¬†fight for power and money. The unions have a lot to lose. For years the pendulum has been swinging left to a point¬†where the governments and business can no longer afford their huge¬†benefit¬†and wage packages and still compete with other world countries. Its come to a point either we compete or end up like Greece and other European¬†countries. The thought of joining¬†the great european socialist dream with¬†all its perks¬†is dead and the Canadian unions are just starting to feel the pain. Socialism has¬†failed in Europe.

Like the Unions , environmentalism is big business. For years they have had the luxury¬†that few of us little folk¬†have, a¬†tax-free¬†environment for collecting donations since¬†most are considered charities. Even though it is well know they support political parties and promote their special projects, protesting governments and corporations they have been privy to the same status as a charity. This has now¬†been recognized and the rules are changing resulting in a lot less dollars in the environmentalist pocket. Bad news for the likes of Green Peace, a $200 million dollar a year business that collects millions from Canada and the Suzuki foundation. They are going to have to work a lot harder to get the same net income. They can no longer fleece¬†the taxpayers for their¬†special interest. The Conservative¬†government¬†is¬†the environmental¬†enemy. They watch the purse strings and affect the envious’¬†bottom line

The¬†left ideology¬†clearly views business as¬†the enemy. They feel that business should pay a¬†lot more than they are now¬†for social program. The people first the shareholders and risk takers¬†second. As noble as this may sound it just doesn’t work. But the battle for who controls the wealth is raging. As we have seen in Greece, the corporations have¬†been so overly taxed they can no longer function and compete in the world markets. They have been picked clean by its government always wanting more to promote their lavish promises to the¬†voters who just couldn’t¬†get enough free benefits. The parties over for Greece and is fast¬†coming to a close in Canada if we move back to the left and let them continue their spendthrift ways to control the public.

I expect all the left will be out in force in the next 2015 Federal election to regain their (our) money and power. The election will be an important turning point in the direction of Canada for a long time come. Our choice will be, a socialist NDP/Liberal government elite controlling us and our wealth or a traditional Conservative Canadian government and the freedoms that go with it.

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Is The Gateway Pipeline Just A Trick?

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What if the Northern Gateway pipeline was just a¬†trick¬†and the real target to get Alberta Oil to market was to ship it to Prince Rupert by train. By now it should be obvious to¬†even the harden supporter¬†that the Gateway has so much bad publicity and environmental flaws that there is no way it’s going to fly. So why is it still being touted as the only and best way to get Alberta Oil to the pacific. Maybe its the perfect bait and switch.

When Warren Buffett and Bill Gates sparked some speculation with their¬†visit to Canada’s oil sands in August 2008, most thought they might invest in the oil sands companies. But instead, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, have both been investing in railroads. In 2011 Bill Gates became largest shareholder in Montreal-based Canadian National Railway with over 10% of the shares.¬†A $3.8 billion dollar investment. Huge even for a Bill Gates investment. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway¬†acquired the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad in 2010 after having first bought up over 20% of its shares over a period of several years . And now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe is among the U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration‚Äôs decision to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit. Turns out¬†a very smart investment from very smart investors.

And then there is the Canadian National Railway, the company that Bill bought, now considered¬†the biggest Canadian railroad based on annual sales, considers the Alberta oil sands a chance to expand its business, according to company filings. Flying under the radar¬†of the environmentalists rath, it¬†already has an established right-of-way to Prince Rupert¬†and could start shipping oil¬† to Asia as soon as loading facilities are built . Its been calculated that¬†CN Rail has the capacity to deliver 2.6 million barrels of bitumen to Prince Rupert each day, compared to 525,000 barrels via the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Plus CN has already upgraded their track. A wise move by CN. Sounds like a lot more dollars in Bill Gates pocket and a great plan, but¬† another blow for Premier Clark. And all the while the environmentalist and first nations have been putting all their efforts to stop the Gateway and the Keystone pipeline. Dumbo’s. Do they really think they are smarter than Gates and Buffet.

The Alberta Oil Sands will get their oil to market. My guess is that the Harper government will say, oops, your all right, the Gateway pipeline and that untrustworthy Enbridge with all its oil leaks is a no go. How about we  use CN Railway. A great Canadian company with a great record. With the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and now the Chinese all with billions invested, its going to happen. In the mean time the environmentalists are being led around like the bunch of sheep and dopes that they are.

Ship Your Crude Oil Products by Rail. When you choose CN’s Crude by Rail service, you choose to ship cleaner and greener.
http://www.cn.ca/en/shipping-north-america-crude-by-rail.htm

Just a thought!

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Climate Change Denier -The Climate Is Changing

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(images created by Robert A. Rohde / Global Warming Art) We are in a deep freeze not global warming

If the 65 million year climate change graph where a stock chart we would have bailed out or shorted the stock long ago. Regardless what all the environmentalist say we are witnessing some of the coldest temperatures in our 65 million year history. Temperatures are only considered to be increasing if viewed for the last 150 years, from 1850 onward which is what climate change fanatics like to point to while ignoring the complete history. So , yes, you climate deniers, the climate is changing , but history suggests we are presently in some of the coolest times in history.

Looking even further back over the past 540 million years, we are actually below the average temperature(15c¬†– to cold for dinosaurs) which¬† fluctuate from around 12¬įC up to 22¬įC. The cooling periods seem to have all bottomed at around 12C. If this is the case we may be naturally headed for warmer times ahead .

540 million years of climate change and 65 million year graphs

Charging a carbon tax on CO2¬†(Alberta Oil Sands)¬†isn’t going to stop the change. It will just transfer our wealth to someone else.

In the last 4500 years there has been as many as 75 major temperature¬†swings, none of them caused by cars or big industry. As late as the 1800’s we were just coming out of the little ice age. The fact is, global warming and cooling will go on with or without man’s involvement. This doesn’t¬†mean we should go out and pollute¬†the earth, it just suggest we have very little control over the temperature.

This natural climate change also suggest that we should not be over taxing industry in the name of climate change (carbon tax). All this does is transfer our jobs and wealth somewhere else. Greece is a good example of what happens when over taxing companies that create the jobs. They¬†become less competitive¬†with the rest of the world and¬†end up¬†struggling just to stay afloat. We can’t buy into this carbon tax grab in the name of¬† global warming. All the evidence that is being presented for warming of the climate is from 1850 to today. Just a blip¬†in history.¬†Environmentalist dooms day¬†scenario¬†is purely conjecture. We will always ¬†have devastating droughts like the American dirty 30’s and catastrophic floods like in Japan in 2012¬†, the¬† Netherlands, when the North Sea storms flooded the¬†lowlands with¬†10,000 lives lost in 1916 or the¬†Huang He (Yellow) River in¬†China in 1642 with a death toll of¬†300,000. Its nothing new.

In a March 28 a letter addressed to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden,¬†a group¬† of 49 former¬†top astronauts and scientist¬†ask NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies to ‚Äúrefrain from including unproven remarks on global warming in public releases and websites‚ÄĚ because ‚Äúit is clear that the science is NOT settled.‚ÄĚ Far , far from everyone, believes in todays global warming nonsense.

Quote from letter РThe unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements

The one thing we can all agree on is that the climate is changing by looking at the millions of years of climate history. We would be more prudent to learn to work with the changing climate rather to pretend we can stop it. So Deniers, stop denying and worring about the torrential rains in China today and get with the program.With the changing climate can be opportunity.

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Ship Rubber to China – Made in Alberta

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 I can see it now, trainloads of synthetic rubber being shipped to China instead of pipelines full of bitumen. No environmental protests , no native protests, no world condemnation sounds good to me. So why is the Alberta Government headstrong on this Gateway pipeline  to ship Bitumen while ignoring all other opportunities that Alberta oil can offer? Since why back when the Alberta government has been hailing they are going to diversify Alberta but nothing every seems to come of it. Sitting on one of the freest pieces of land in the world with a great entrepreneurial spirit , Albertans should be able to come up with other ideas on how to turn our oil into usable products like rubber to ship to China to support our economy.

About 15 billion kilograms of rubbers are produced annually, and of that amount two-thirds¬†is synthetic at $150 per pound. Since Alberta has the¬†oil fields, and the styrene and butadiene¬†used in synthetic rubber can both be made from oil, it seems a natural to produce rubber and other oil related products¬†in Alberta. Synthetic rubber can tailor its characteristics to produce very specific performance so why can’t Alberta produce speciality rubbers?

I noticed in a headline that Saudi Arabian Basic Industries, the world‚Äôs largest chemical company by revenues, is to build a $3.4bn rubber production plant in the kingdom in a joint venture with ExxonMobil.¬† The Saudis say the new plant fits into a wider push by the their government to diversify the economy away from oil and create jobs ¬†and meet the growing global demand for specialty elastomers. Can Alberta’s business¬†establishment afford $3.4 billion like the Saudis?¬†Is Redford’s¬†PCs even looking into this¬†and other oil related diversification?¬†Saudis Sabic¬†often works alongside global companies. Earlier this year it announced a joint venture with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, known as Sinopec.¬†Redford’s¬†PC should be doing the same.¬†No problem shipping rubber. It may not be that beneficial¬†for Ontario and Quebec’s transfer payment handout if Alberta diversified but it will be good for Albertans.

Alberta¬† has to move on and stop pretending that there is going to be a Gateway Pipeline¬†shipping¬†our black gold to China. BC residents don’t what to take a chance¬†on ruining¬†their coast line with oil slicks.¬†The pipelines already going through BC to the coast will most likely be the last. We need to think like the Saudi’s and move Alberta in a direction to¬†diversify our oil products.

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The Socialist are Coming! So Who Cares!

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George Washington – First President of the USA

With a new poll out today in Canada by Ipsos¬†Reid putting the NDP socialist in top spot ahead of the Conservatives and the Liberals, it’s looking like George Washington’s thoughts that political parties would¬† tear the country apart is right. He said when he left office that political parties would¬† be the downfall of¬†his (USA)¬†country. His words are now ringing true for Canada with a battle shaping up that will pit province against province.¬†NDP’s Mulcair has already started the battle with is anti oil sands stance against Alberta. And with this battle just beginning, crazy as it may seem,¬†the big topic in Alberta is the drinking consumption is being reduced to .05% from .08%.¬† Who cares if the crazy socialist from Quebec take power in Canada just as long as they can have a drink after work and drive home. Maybe Albertans have just got to fat and complacent to see their future.

Another quote from George that use to personify what Albertan’s were all about is,

A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything“.

This quote doesn’t apply now.The majorlty of Albertans as other parts of Canada have drifted away from taking care of themselves and have latched onto the government to solve all their problems flocking to the political party that will give them the most, which brings me to another of Georges quotes:

“”However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

I hope that Albertans that value their freedoms start to put the same emphasize on preserving it as they do about driving over .05% after they have had a glass of alcoholic beverage. The way their allowing the social state to advance, alcohol will be banned altogether, so who cares about the .05% law..

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