the Harper government is promising to pay parents $1,200 a year fore very child under six. The parents could spend the money as they wish, but the government describes it as a plan for child care.
One of the problems with $1,200 a year is it does not even come closet o covering the cost of private or public care. You might just as well, as a Liberal spokesman said, spend it on beer and popcorn.
More importantly, $1,200 is not really $1,200 because the money is taxable. Thus income-tested benefits would decrease and taxes would increase. The only families to get the full $1,200 would be the very poorest, with little or no income.
The Child Care Advocacy Association calculates that when decreased benefits and increased taxes are calculated, a two-earner family with two children, with a family income of $30,000, would get just $460 perchild of that $1,200; a family with an income of $40,000 would get $671 per child, and one with $50,000 would get $827 per child.
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy says the Harper plan is unfair because it pays less to poor and modest income families and more to middle- and upper-income families. And the plan would do “little if anything to increase the supply of affordable, quality child care,” the institute says.
And other provincial governments have already started squawking at the thought of a special deal for Quebec on child care. The premiers have already held a conference call to discuss a united front against Harper, to address the threat of cuts in child-care funding.
Conservative MP Garth Turner speaks about breaking ranks against the party, calling for the resignation of Minister of International Trade David Emerson:
“I know the PMO has a song sheet it wants all caucus members to sing from, and I know what happens when an individual chooses to go his or her own way. I was just hoping this time I would not be asked to choose – between party and principle. I chose principle.”
“I’m expecting the Whip will be assigning me a renovated washroom somewhere in a forgotten corner of a vermin-infested dank basement in Ottawa. That should go well with my seat in the House of Commons that will be visible only during lunar eclipses.”
“I think it is now safe to say my career options within the Conservative caucus are seriously limited.”
A NOTE TO MISTER HARPER:
I cannot believe how bad Harper’s cabinet is. And when I say ‘bad’, I don’t mean ‘bad for Harper’, I mean ‘bad for Canada’.
With that said, I know conservatives always ignore their election platforms, but don’t they usually at least wait until they’re sworn in?
Twiin22: i am quite looking forward to a vacation
terrorfaktnyc: I will cook
terrorfaktnyc: veg. chili
terrorfaktnyc: NYC style
Twiin22: you need to live in canada
terrorfaktnyc: nah you guys need to move here!
Twiin22: no way man people throw planes at you down there
terrorfaktnyc: this is true
Twiin22: here we have snowball fights but that's really the worst it gets
Twiin22: because sometimes there's a chunk of ice in it and it can scrape your cheek
Twiin22: and that really smarts
Twiin22: there are disadvantages to both places i guess
As we prepare to sign our country over to the control of the Reptiloids for the next few years, I would like to take a moment to highlight a fine Canadian institution, and their coverage of this, the last free election before we are all sold to the Grays for breeding.
During the last minority government, Macleans ran the finest cover to ever grace a Canadian political magazine:
In addition to the fantastic headline, the art director at Macleans performed an impossible task; in the hearts and minds of many, Jack Layton was no longer a used car salesman. The image was too reminicent of something, someone else, someone someone more sinister…
Inspired by a pretty girl I know, I think I will post some actual content, although in a different vein:
– I’m working for people that I like, in an industry that I really enjoy, doing work that I love. And it’s not illegal, this time. As a particularly enjoyable side-effect of this, I make enough money to pay all the bills, and put money towards paying off both my and Leslie’s debts.
– I’ve written a lot of music, and a lot of it is music that I would happily listen to, if it was written by someone else. This is no guarantee that it’s good by any objective measure, but it’s what I want it to be.
– Without hyperbole, the leg injury I had several years ago has left a wake of devastation that reaches to all areas of my life. I am just now coming to terms with how far-reaching and varied the effects of it are.
– I desperately need a good laptop.
– I may also desperately need a good drink.
– I’ve watched my closest friends and dearest family prove in thought and in deed that they simply do not care about the things they claim to; not in any way that produces any measurable or meaningful effect on their actions.
– I’ve made the decision to not compromise my standards for family and friends. I will hold them to the same standards that I would expect and hope my family and friends hold me to, regardless of how difficult or painful that is.
– As with every year that passes, I’ve learned that the more I learn, the more I know that I know nothing.
Buyer’s remorse is an emotional condition whereby a person feels remorse or regret after the purchase of an item. It is frequently associated with the purchase of high value items such as property, cars, the Sony PSP etc.
Since 1971, the squatter colony of Christiania has billed itself as a place of peace, love, and happiness, where all property was owned and administered collectively.
A new government plan, however, proposes to build as many as 400 resident-owned properties in the enclave, reported national daily Politiken on Monday. Residents fear that the move will destroy Christiania’s special nature.
For the government, the plan is an effort to integrate Christiania, a green area bordering the city’s former protective canal, into the rest of an increasingly crowded Copenhagen.
After coming to power in 2001, the government has taken an increasingly harder line on Christiania and its estimated 850 residents, closing its open-air hash market, Pusher Street, in 2004, and threatening to bulldoze the colony entirely.
The new construction could add as many as 400 new residents to Christiania’s population.
In addition, current residents of Christiania will be forced to become members of a public housing organisation, and will likely have to begin paying a normal rent on their properties. Currently, adult residents pay DKK 250 per month to live in Christiania. The new rent would be between DKK 2500 and 4600 for a 50 sq. m apartment.
Is there anything that money doesn’t ruin?
This world makes me so very, deeply sad.
If we have plans over the next few weeks, I’m going to have to cancel. My most sincere apologies.
We have cut off our nose to spite our face.
While rummaging through my hard drive, I found a demo that Warren and I recorded, for which the source files are long gone. It’s not anywhere near finished, but it’s never going to be more finished than it is now.
If I ran the Liberal campaign, this would be my TV ad:
…for thirty seconds, followed by thirty seconds of this:
That is all.
Open letter to the Liberal Party:
HOLY HELL WHY ARE YOU SO INCOMPETENT AT RUNNING A CAMPAIGN
READ MY LIPS: PRIME MINISTER HARPER
COME HOME CHRÉTIEN ALL IS FORGIVEN