I Want My $214 Back!

I have voted conservative since I was knee high to a grasshopper and the reason I've always done so was due to the ideological committment to free and open markets that only the right wing of Canadian politics offers. However, in the last election, I certainly don't remember voting for socialism, although it seems that it's the government I've ended up under.

It might come as a surprise to American readers that one of Canada's top four parties is socialist enough that they would all have ended up on Joe McCarthy's blacklists, and another one of the big four is dedicated exclusively to ripping the country apart. Yeah, Canadian politics is a lot more fun than your boring bilateral system of donkeys and elephants. The really surprising part is that of the four parties, the one in power today is the most rightist of them all. Yet, I'm waiting for the name of the country to be changed to the Socialist Republic of Kanada.

You see, rightist parties come to power promising:

  1. Free unfettered markets
  2. Small government
  3. Balanced budgets
  4. Fiscal responsibility

The latest election was fought and won on those principles. That's why I voted how I did, and that's the government I expected.

Well... it seems that I got my Christmas surprise early. The Canadian government has just given away $214 of my hard earned dollars (along with every other taxpayer in this country) and I want them back. I was not consulted when an amount equal to 153 McDonalds Double Cheeseburgers was sucked out of my bank account. And this money did not go to the military, to social programs, or to infrastructure, or to fight the $30 billion deficit that we're suddenly been saddled with (although during the election 2 months ago, we were promised balanced budgets). It was given to two CEOs whose reason for needing the money was that they are both moron dumbass loser goofballs who didn't see the Big Crunch coming.

Sure, in order to maintain its also-ran, me-too, wanna-be status, Canada had to follow the American lead in bailing out GM and Chrysler, but it didn't just follow the lead, it doubled the amount per capita that it was giving to the automakers. Santa Harper decided that Canadian subsidiaries of automakers needed twice the money per taxpayer than the American head offices, so he wrote them a great big cheque.

Oh, sure, it's supposed to be a loan. Just like it's supposed to be a loan when you hand a $20 bill to a transient grifter who's going to be 500 miles away tomorrow. You'll never get your $20 back, and the Canadian government will never get its $4 billion back (which includes my $214.) All President Bush was trying to do was kick the can forwards to let Obama deal with the bankruptcy of two of the Big Three which is about as inevitable as today's sunset. What was Harper doing? Unless he plans to lose the next non-confidence motion and let new Liberal leader Mike Ignatieff handle the mess, he just ripped me off for $214 for absolutely no reason at all.

If I want to support GM or Chrysler, I'm only a few minutes' drive from their dealerships. I could go there and buy a car. Or I could write them a cheque out of the goodness of my heart. But the bottom line is that would be my choice, not just a dictate from above.

What the hell is democracy anymore anyway? The process of voting for some bozo or another to represent your views is at least a full century out of date. I send out dozens of emails a day. I visit hundreds of websites. Why can't I just go onto the government website and click a box next to:

NO, I DON'T WANT TO GIVE AUTOMAKERS MY $214!

I don't want to wait a year or four years to have to elect some other bozo who's going to promise me the moon, sun and stars and then go do whatever the hell he/she wants in office.

So... who is going to join me in yelling as loud as possible and repeating as many times as you can until you run out of breath:

I DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY! THIS ISN'T DEMOCRACY! THIS IS TYRANNY! THE FOUNDING FATHERS ARE TURNING IN THEIR GRAVES! GIVE ME A SAY IN MY GOVERNMENT ON A DAILY BASIS, AND GIVE ME BACK MY $214!

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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

I don't know anything about Canadian politics, Hal, but it's hard to sympathize with anyone who voted to put ultra conservatives in office who made no bones about their position that free enterprise includes virtually no regulations and no accountability to corporations or government. Here in the U.S. the conservatives have been giving free rein to the banks, mortgage companies, brokerage houses and business in general for many decades. President Reagan took the first big step by crushing the unions and putting the nation in horrific debt. George H.W. Bush kept the ball rolling until George W. Bush brought the country to its knees. If all you lose is $214, consider yourself lucky. Hundreds of thousands here have lost their jobs, their investments, their dignity and their hope for a better future. Those so-called "Socialists" now have the job of saving our economy and our democracy.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I can certainly understand and appreciate your political standpoint, and will go to the wall defending your right to maintain it, but IMHO the bottom line is that socialism is and always has been a grim joke, a guaranteed one-way ticket to economic disaster, and a completely and utterly failed ideological illusion. There is not one world nation which has adopted socialistic economic policies which has not either been devastated, or has suffered debilitating financial consequences which have handicapped its development and the standard of living of its people for generations. It pains me profoundly to see the USA go down that well-worn path to hell.


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

The extent of my political knowledge is as follows:

I voted for Obama. :D

^_^ That's it!

I have a coworker at Domino's who constantly voices his political opinion to the point where I'm ready to bring in a pair of Mik's old socks and shove them down the guy's throat (Mik is my younger brother, btw). He likes to talk a lot about the US financial situation, the Canadian socialistic government, and a couple of other things, all of which go riiiiiiiiight over my head. Then again, he also likes to talk about how women are childlike and shouldn't be allowed in the armed forces or anything, which drives me absolutely bonkers... >.<


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I can't comment on his Neanderthal views on women, (which should earn him a nice knuckle sandwich), but when it comes to economics in politics, it's basically very simple: The further "right" you go, the more you believe in free enterprise, minimal government intervention, and low taxation. The more "left" you go, you believe in more government legislation, restrictive business policies, and higher taxation to pay for expanded social programs. Obama's previous voting record places him as the furthest "leftward" of any President in the history of the USA. Thus I believe his interventionist policies will doom the country to many years of financial pain as all this bailout money has to come from somewhere, and it will come from the people who can least afford it: The already hard hit taxpayers.


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

The funny thing about taxes is, not everyone actually pays them. We all fill out the forms and junk, but about 40% of the entire population actually pays taxes. The even funnier thing is, when taxes go down, revenue to the government goes up, because more people actually pay in. While those tidbits did come from Mr. Neaderthal's mouth, I've looked up the evidence to it, and he's actually right. Which is surprising, to say the least.

I threatened to punch him once if he made one more sexist comment. He stopped. ... For that evening, anyway...

(I gotta go; my best friend is having a super bad day, and I promised him cookies to cheer him up. We'll chat later. :D)


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Ok, have a good time!


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

Yeah, so, that lovely trip was mildly entertaining... I discovered I have been drafted into James's air-soft gun endeavor on Friday, and will be forced to put up with these two guys who are crushing on me so bad and obviously, they make me want to puke. The worst part is, they're both soooooooo desperate!! D: I felt bad for one and decided to date him, because he seemed nice and decent, but after the second day of knowing me, he was saying stuff like "I am so in love with you!"

... Yeah, dude, you've known me for two days, and you're already saying you're IN LOVE with me? What the frick is wrong with you? >.<

That lasted a week... xD Ah well, Ky found that extremely funny, and he's never gonna let me live it down. lol I'm hoping I can get him to come with us, so I don't have to put up with those two losers on my own, but he might be leaving that night to go back to San Diego. I don't know yet. I'll have to talk to him tomorrow; he's coming up here from White Bear Lake to visit his family and me. ^______^ I'm so excited! *squee!*

Anyway, it's late, and I've had an extremely long and horrible day. I'll chat with you later! :D


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Karen LaVelle 7 years ago from Texas

Hi Hal,

The sharks have been eating us all for years...I guess somebody has to feed 'em. Give it up! You won't get your money back!

I lean toward conspiracy theories, myself....Right and Left are a matter of perspective, actually. Turn around and from behind, my right and your left, may seem to be the same.

We have been geared up, and steered blindly (all those damned smoke screens like wars, oil shortages, global warming, collapse of economies, etc) are preventing us from grasping the whole WORLD picture. It is headed for one world...where it is ALL FOR ONE...and that one believes it's every man (woman or child) for himself...and HE...(one group or one man, whats the dif?) is standing at the top of the foodchain....We don't know the half of it.

How can we make informed decisions when we cannot ACQUIRE accurate information..Media is making up the stories that those who have the power want them to tell us. If you don't believe me, try writing and publishing somethng that is not approved of...by the money people who back our governmets. Try writing about how the food industry even in Canada...is making us afraid of healthy foods and giving us plastic food...How long you think you will be able to make a livng?

I know....the economies are collapsing and we will all be comunists and socialists in a few years....if we don't straighten up and do as they say.

aaahhhhhh! Don't mind me, I am just tired of the years that I have been watching governments msnipulate us all.

Karen =o)


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Kika, so you're living the lyrics to that old Mary MacGregor song...

Torn between two lovers, feeling like a fool

Loving both of you is breaking all the rules

Torn between two lovers, feeling like a fool

Loving you both is breaking all the rules

There are times when a woman has to say what's on her mind

Even though she knows how much it's gonna hurt

Before I say another word, let me tell you I love you

Let me hold you close, and say these words as gently as I can

There's been another man that I've needed and I've loved,

But that doesn't mean I love you less, And he knows he can't possess me, and he knows he never will,

There's just this empty place inside of me that only he can fill...

:)

Karen LaVelle, I think I want to open up a can of shark repellent whoopa$$ and take some revenge on the sharks. I have far better uses for that $214 than giving it to Rick Wagoner so he can build more gas guzzling oversized overpriced Wagons. And in the famous words of anchorman Howard Beale, I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it any more.

Yes, of course we are treated as walking cash machines by the government and big business. We have been for my entire life. But that is emphatically not what was envisioned by the American founding fathers. And those concepts are enshrined in the US Constitution. All we need are citizens with the strength of determination to use the Constitution as a weapon to regain our democratic rights, not just (as North Americans have for decades) wallow in a credit-bubble-powered apathetic haze.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Welcome to the club Hal :D


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Ok, so WE want our $428 back! :)


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

Oh, but no; I never loved him. I just liked him, barely. >P He gives off a slight wave of the creepies. Also, never heard that song.

But I will say I am both very happy, and quite upset. Strange combination, that. Happy because I finally got my dang Visa card (had to get a new one since my identity got stolen somewhat and someone was using my card in Florida for $75 gas trips, for a grand total of $225, then had to have them resend me another one when that first new one never showed up 3 weeks later... This one actually came early. ^_^), upset because tonight was supposed to be my and Ky's night, but he never called and James convinced me to come Christmas shopping with him today instead of waiting around the house for the phone to ring, which later led to an extremely silly round of D&D which James and I invited Ky to join, but again, he never called.

So yeah. Happy and upset. It's confusing.

Oh, and hey Misha! <3 How are you? ^_^


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LOL Hal :D

Hi Kika, I am fine, how about you? :)


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Lgali 7 years ago

nice one LOL


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks Misha and Lgali. As for Kika, you should really reconsider your femme fatale ways! The men of Minnesota have no hope! :)

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