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Re: “Bookstore Bitch

“Let me tell ya something, folks... nobody cares about your children, okay? Nobody cares about your children. I speak for everyone. I've been appointed by the rest of the group to inform you we don't care about your children – that's why they're your children, so you can care about them and we don't have to bother."

― George Carlin

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Posted by Moonshine Rider on 04/12/2016 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Don't call them millenials!!!!

“Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” ― George Orwell.

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Posted by Moonshine Rider on 04/08/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Truth like some lint in my pocket...

Mark Twain put it well .. “it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to talk and remove all doubt.”

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Posted by Moonshine Rider on 04/06/2016 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Rich gets richer, poor keeps getting screwed

^^ no, but the Trudeau bashers seem to be drowning in nostalgia for the Harper days. Just wanted to point out that not everyone thought he was a benign dictator.

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Posted by Moonshine Rider on 04/05/2016 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Why do they call it a library????

The primary function of a library was (and still is) to make books available for borrowing - i.e. to take home and read. Seating was traditionally made available as a nicety for people to sit and browse periodicals and reference materials. I don't think it was ever intended as a place to go and park yourself for hours to read a novel and expect abject silence.
The new library is doing the right thing in making it welcoming to as many people as possible - especially children. As far as I am concerned, anything that encourages children to become regular visitors to the library and to read more is a good thing.

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Posted by Moonshine Rider on 04/05/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Rich gets richer, poor keeps getting screwed

One more word for you OB - Panama! Rather that how much each public servant is being paid, I'm more concerned that the wealthiest among us have so many opportunities to avoid paying taxes. If they paid their fair share the rest of us would be better off.…

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Posted by Moonshine Rider on 04/05/2016 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Rich gets richer, poor keeps getting screwed

Do you really think you were better off under Harper?

"Harper is good for the rich, bad for the rest"…

For all his talk of “ordinary” Canadians and “average” working families, one must wonder if Stephen Harper knows what an average Canadian even looks like. Because, despite his populist rhetoric, his policies seem to have one unique feature – they almost always disproportionately benefit the wealthiest in our country while simultaneously undermining the economic security of the rest of us.

For instance, the median individual income in Canada during the last census was just shy of $30,000, while the median family income was $76,000. Given these numbers and Harper’s penchant for appealing to the Tim Horton’s coffee crowd, you would think his economic policies would be squarely directed at these folks in the middle. But while Harper might talk a good game on serving the interests of average Canadians, his policies leave a lot to be desired.

Take income splitting, which the Conservatives have pitched it as a middle-class “family” tax cut. A C.D. Howe Institute report concluded that the benefits of income splitting would go overwhelmingly to upper-income earners. Three-quarters of the benefits would go to families earning more than $125,000 a year, with the greatest payoff to those making over $200,000. Virtually nothing would go to the other 85 percent of taxpayers.

What about all those “boutique” tax cuts Harper loves so much? Like the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit? The Caledon Institute concludes that the tax credit “is an unnecessary windfall for the affluent, while still leaving most poor families out in the cold.” Or how about Public Transit tax credit? Surely that must benefit the average Canadian? Well, while the credit is claimed predominantly by average-income Canadians, the size of the tax claim is actually greater for higher-income earners.

Lastly, not only do these tax policies disproportionately benefit the rich, but they also reduce public revenues available for the social programs that actually do benefit ordinary Canadians. To paraphrase U.S. president Obama, Harper’s economic policy really is “Robin Hood in Reverse.”

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Posted by Moonshine Rider on 04/05/2016 at 9:05 AM

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