We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Liberal Party’s Green Shift announced on June 19th marked the most aggressive anti-poverty program in 40 years. The ‘shift’ will transfer wealth from rich to poor, from the oil patch to the rest of the country, and from the coffers of big business to the pockets of low-income Canadians. [...]
I invite and encourage everyone to visit thegreenshift.ca to see how this comprehensive plan will benefit low-income Canadians. I will continue to work collaboratively with my Liberal colleagues towards a fairer, richer, greener Canada.
Related: Is man causing global cooling? From Icecap:
It was warm from 1850 to 1940, too, but in 1940 the planet cooled for 30 years. However, this cooling can’t happen again, according to the Hadley Centre. How does it know? Because its computers tell it so - the same computers that couldn’t predict the recent 10 years of non-warming. But why isn’t the planet warming now? After all, humans are “driving” the climate, aren’t we? Well, not quite. As the Hadley Centre tells us “The recent slight slowing of the warming is due to a shift towards more-frequent La Nina conditions in the Pacific since 1998. These bring cool water up from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, cooling global temperatures.” (incidentally, “slight slowing of the warming” is an unsual way of describing “no warming").
I'm not surprised the US is holding off on regulating greenhouse gases, particularly since the US has decreased its GHG emissions by 3% since 2002, while most of the Kyoto signatories have seen their GHG emissions rise.
I can't see taxing 13% to part-time students or other very low income levels.
When I was a single mother earning between 15 and 18 thou a year (working full-time while going to school, any tax the goven't required of me would have seemed too much.
Folks who earn between 50 and 80 thou would have to pay somewhere between 8 and 10 thousand. That, too, seems like a steep percentage given the cost of live, pay a mortgage, pay car insurance, etc...
And I live in a decidedly low cost of living area. At 13%, even at mine and my husband's combined current rate of pay (which comes to less than 90,000/year), you are asking me to pay more in yearly taxes than I pay in yearly mortgage.
Does the federal government really deserve more than the roof over my head?