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:
- Free unfettered markets
- Small government
- Balanced budgets
- 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!