Conservative Math

Heidi just does not understand Conservative math so maybe someone can help. Here is the problem our government tells Heidi we are all better off by 44.5% since 2005 and we are paying $3400.00 less in tax every year.

Heidi cannot find this money . Too be fair some of the tax is due to the Ontario government , but tax is tax and when someone tells Heidi there is less tax to pay Heidi wants to see it and so far every year of Heidi’s tax paying life there has not been a reduction on the bottom line. Sure some tax has gone down but only to be replace with a new tax. Example being the HST went down but not long after was replaced with the HST which covered a whole lot of stuff not taxed before giving Heidi a minus in the net saving department. Can you help Heidi find the lower tax that has been missed .

As for being better off . Heidi did some research and this net worth number includes the price of your house having increased by a considerable amount giving everyone equity. However equity doesn’t count as spendable cash. But if we include this on paper only money then we need to include the debt we carry that adds up to a 41.7% over the same time period giving us a net gain of 2.8% if you are one of the lucky two thirds of Canadians that have their own dwelling be it detached , semidetached or condo if you rent well you do not count.

With Heidi’s limited math skills but it appears the average Canadian is 2.8% better off than nine years ago which is a far cry from 44.5 %.

Heidi thinks we are all being tricked into thinking we are better off .What do you think.



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Tax on the stupid

Heidi watched question period in the house this past Monday (Mar-25-12) and besides the usual non answers about the act to change how we vote there was one bit of verbiage that stung Heidi’s ears.

A member of the opposition asked why the government is not doing something about the high fees to use an ATM to retrieve your own money . As expected the government’s reply had to do with keeping people informed and nothing about ATM or any other kind of fees, nothing new here. What stung Heidi was that someone on the government side shouted out that these ATM fees were just a tax on the stupid , that’s right a tax on the stupid.

At the end of the question period members can bring up a point of order. At this time the member that asked the ATM question remarked that the shout out was not called for and asked for a unanimous concurrence  that this was not a tax on the stupid. Our government declined therefore supporting whoever it was that called the fees a tax on the stupid.

Heidi from time to time has found a need to use an ATM not attached to a particular bank and has paid the fee. Heidi used the ATM out of necessity not because Heidi was stupid.

Perhaps people need to use the ATM’s when they bargain with a shopkeeper and find the price drops for cash and there is no tax involved. Perhaps the ATM cash is required to participate in the underground economy that both the Federal and provincial governments are driving us all to .

For whatever reason people use ATM’s Heidi is sure most of these people are not stupid. People that call others stupid or pay to have attack ads aired are what we used to call bullies and this is something to remember at election time, that is if you are still qualified to vote after the election act is passed.

Just remember the next time you use an ATM not attached to your bank our government considers YOU real STUPID.



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Why the attack ads

Seeing a lot more attack ads on the TV as of late. Can’t understand why a party needs to use them rather than tell the voters what a great job they are doing. Heidi thinks maybe that there is no great stuff to tell the voters so the next best thing is to talk down the other guys. This would be an attempt to move the voters from the bad things that are happening to the bad things that might happen. Or it could be like the school yard bully that has no scholastic aptitude so makes up for it by bullying those that do .

Could be any number of things but the odd thing is that there is not an election campaign happening at this time. Heidi is a bit baffled about this and is concerned for those who are being attacked . To help out Heidi has a couple of empty jars that get a coin every time someone is attacked and when the jar has enough in it that person gets a donation just to help even things up.

Heidi’s MP was asked about attack ads and the answer was “I do not send out attack literature “ kind of an answer but has this MP got the nerve to stand up in caucus and say the party is wrong to spend the money on these ads rather than try to convince the voters that the party is doing good. Highly unlikely because the governing MP’s are afraid , really afraid to speak up for the voters.

Well that is what Heidi thinks what do you think?



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Different countries get different standards

Heidi has observed that it is OK for the United States of America to invade Panama and haul the President off to jail and it OK to invade Grenada and change the government because they don’t like who is building the airport . However apparently it is not OK for the Russians to send troops into Crimea to remove a load of protesters from the public buildings they have occupied and vandalized even though this move was at the request of sixty percent of the population.

Heidi is not taking sides in the Ukrainian issues but has a few observations to share .

The president is for sure some kind of whack job that used the public purse for his own gain but had to choose between aligning with the Russians or the EU. Media reports confirm the choice was go Russian and get a huge financial bailout for the Ukraine or go EU and simply get to join the club with absolutely no new money. He took the money.

This upset a lot of people especially in Kiev so they began to protest , even ranking government officials from Canada and the US showed up at the front of the protest lines to urge the protesters on . Canadian embassy staff even gave some protesters a safe haven. Things even got to the point that government buildings were occupied and vandalized and streets were burned using old tires parks were taken over and became tent cities all in the anti-Russian protest. Heidi wonders where the money comes from to support such a protest . How do people find the where with all to lose weeks of pay needed to support their families unless someone like Canada or the US is funneling money into the issue just to keep those nasty Russians out of the game.

Things were a bit different in Crimea were over sixty percent of the population were glad to see cooperation continue with the Russians . Only a hand full of what were deemed trouble makers took over some public building and caused damage in the name of protest. No government sent ranking officials to stand with the cheery protestors in Crimea , maybe good news is no news and the western politician’s like their photo ops.

So now let us look at evolution . As you can see from Heidi’s ICON she has evolved as has the world over the years . Thing is no one or no thing or no country will evolve at the same rate or direction as the other. Because of world communication and the many forms of social media we have been programed to expect X to equal Y no matter what the circumstances.

So how have we evolved . We no longer shoot, club, gas, spy on or jail protesters since the Vietnam war protests, we have evolved since then and expect that the rest of the world has evolved at the same pace . We of course will overlook things like the G20 in Toronto and the little test that took place in a major Canadian airport and the enemies list a certain Canadian Government maintains. Snowden is just a trouble maker so yes we have evolved much quicker .

We have evolved so far that a government official could never use funds from the public purse for their own gains . A government official could never divert fifty million dollars to build gazebos and hockey rinks to buy votes, that would never be allowed in our society because we have evolved and expect the rest of the world to follow our example.

Heidi is giving evolution and standards a real second look and perhaps you should as well .




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Political Speak

Just what is political speak ,Heidi believes it is a clever way of saying things you want to hear but if you give it a second thought it is not at all what you thought it was.

Sometimes details are left out , example being : we have added millions to the fund used to give Veterans a proper burial, what is left out is we are not going to update the means test required to qualify for the funds so that even less Veterans will qualify and we really are not going to spend the money .

Sometimes the how and when is left out, example being : over the next ten years we are going to spend millions on this project, what is left out is will the money be spent evenly over the years all spent in the last year will we wait and see if we still need the project and then spend some money or is this money only going to be spent if we get reelected. Is the money for consultants not really for the project.

Sometimes the wrong message is understood, example being : we are committed to twenty five million dollars for new hospital research , bet you are thinking a new research hospital is being built, not a chance, what was said was we are using twenty five million dollars to see if you need a new hospital.

Then there is the old tax credit scam, our government will tell us we are getting a seven hundred dollar tax credit for sports equipment or club memberships .Don’t think for one second you are getting seven hundred dollars back. Tax rebates are directly tied to your Federal tax bracket , not your total Federal and Provincial tax load which means the average person might in a stretch get twenty five percent back . Don’t get Heidi wrong twenty five percent is better than a kick in the teeth but it is nowhere near the full seven hundred.

Heidi thinks everyone should take a look at what is really being said before agreeing it is a good thing for the country or just some reelect me and trust me speech . Remember anything capital city gives you someone is paying for it and in most cases it is you.



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Grain or tar

Western farmers got a mega let down after their happy dance over the bumper crop of 2013. Apparently this bumper crop had nothing to do with good rain , good soil or crop management nope nothing like that . Not having the wheat board apparently was the cause .Heidi is a bit confused as to how that works but that is what was said in the house so it must be true.

So what is the letdown well the farmers will not get paid until the grain reaches market and every day it is not delivered the price drops . Markets can be in the west or in the east were ships are waiting to take it away . No transport is available so the grain elevators are full, grain bins are full and there is still grain in the field.

Normally the railroad would ship the grain but it is way too busy moving oil . As we all know shipments of oil by rail has increased over a hundred times what it used to be before the tar sands ramped up production and the rail road knows where the money is . Now to be fair the railway folks claim that due to bad climate they had to shorten some trains . Heidi says a short train full of grain is better than no train.

Heidi needs to know what have we come to when we grow more corn for fuel than we do for human and animal feed and we would rather ship oil than grain .

Heidi believes someone has turned us into a totally resource based country with no hope of regaining our manufacturing side. We will soon be reliant on someone else to feed us and provide our manufactured goods. What do you think.




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Pipe Dream

Heidi is a little concerned about the claims that the XL pipeline will bring tens of thousands of high paying jobs to Canada.

Looking at the proposed route only a small percentage of the line will be in Canada and reports say the route details have already been hammered out with effected land owners and that most of the pipe is stock piled and pipe laying equipment is ready to go . Still talking about Canada at the most to complete the Alberta / Saskatchewan section would be two years then everyone hired would be laid off job done. Now we need to maintain the pipe line and pumping stations , maybe twenty or so in a traveling crew. So for two years we have a number of good paying jobs , surprise this is just about when the next election is .

Now we are in the US were we have still states with buy US laws so really is any of the pipe or workers coming from Canada. This is the longest part of the line and will benefit a lot of workers while it is being built. Knowing the US they will not just start at the forty ninth parallel they will start at both ends and maybe even in middle and work both ways to speed things up . So again big benefit for workers for a short time .

Now the pipeline is built and the oil is flowing , apparently the tar sands is going to need to hire many many new workers . Heidi wants to know if somehow the capacity of the tar sands extraction process has all of a sudden increased not to mention are we going to purchase even more earth movers with CAT on the side of them . We all know how good CAT was to the people in London Ontario. Yes Steve Ontario is part of Canada.

Heidi thinks that instead of creating a small spike in jobs we should build a refinery at the tar sands which would greatly reduce our dependence on fuels produced in the US and also reduce the price of fuel which will ripple through the economy reducing the cost of almost everything.

Let us take a look at our options , we can produce a small blip in worker satisfaction and make a quick buck supplying the US refineries with oil they will refine and sell back to us as fuel and plastic. Not forgetting some of these quick bucks are going to head office in China. Or we can build a refinery and create long lasting jobs bringing with them revenue generators in the form of income tax, we can reduce the price of fuels and plastic to the average Canadian.

Heidi knows what choice should be made what about you .




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The kids are back to work

Well the kids are back on the hill after their winter break. Not much has changed the angry man Muclair is still on about the senate and may get a new name , smug man. Harper is still reading from scripts that are apparently written by kids in short pants . Justin has up the odds on senate reform by declaring all Liberal senators as independent’s that can vote their minds and not need to follow the party leader. Not to mention he seems to have a new hair arrangement.

Our party in power is still working on sweeping our veterans under the carpet , some might say the bus. A meeting set up to meet with the Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino fell apart. Things started to slide when Julian sent in three lackeys with a note saying Julian couldn’t make it and they would speak for him. As you can imagine this did not sit well with the Veterans and they decided to call a press conference , as soon as word of the press conference was relayed back to Julian he appeared out of the blue just like a wart on a donkeys butt . However the Veterans would have nothing to do with such deception and less than ten minutes later it was all over.

Both Steve and Tom are saying that Justin has a hidden agenda when he declared all the Liberal senators as independent . Steve says nothing has changed as they are still Liberals and once a Liberal always a Liberal . Tom says Justin is trying to head off any fallout from the senate audit soon to be released. Heidi says this is a good first step in making the senate a truly independent organization. Let’s look at the possibilities this brings all Canadians.

Any CPC senators who are fed up with being bullied into compliance now have a chance to move to independent status were they will no longer sit alone , power in numbers.
Now when an omnibus bill arrives it can be dissected and sent back , example being if a cyber-bulling bill arrives with all kinds of snooping legislation attached it can be sent back, to have the snooping stuff sent through as a separated bill and the cyber bulling part of the bill strengthened to not only include photos but untrue posting in social media or videos clipped to the point they lose their true meaning .

As to Tom talking about Justin trying to duck his own senate scandal we can only wait and see. Heidi says that if there is no Liberal scandal Tom should stand in the House and apologize and if there is then Justin should hold a news conference and admit his attempted trickery .

Heidi believes that sometimes CPAC is one of the most diverse channels to watch . It contains drama , situation comedy and believe it or not reality even if most of the actors don’t live in the real world .




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CPC can’t see the value

Heidi remembers when the Federal Conservative party of Canada stopped all work on the Arrow jet fighter project and had all remnants of it destroyed , all blue prints all test data all flight data all working aircraft all aircraft in various stages of assembly. Due to this cancellation hundreds of aeronautic specialists lost their jobs and had to seek employment elsewhere.

We are not just talking about engineers but as well we lost fitters, welders, test pilots electronic specialists just to mention a few of the well trained one of a kind people that the CPC no longer had any use for.

All these useless individuals went on to be a big part of putting people on the moon , building supersonic passenger airliners , building state of the art jet fighters on both sides of the Atlantic as well as laying the groundwork for things such as the 747 aircraft. All of these things could have benefited Canada but because the CPC did not see the value in these people none of it gave Canada any rewards at all . In fact Canada had to purchase a lot of these inventions at inflated prices instead of selling them.

Heidi believes history is repeating itself in that the Federal Conservative party is in charge again and has gotten rid of hundreds of scientists and have been gradually removing their work and the results of their work from the public. Since the CPC sees no value in the people or the work they were doing again these one of a kind best in the world scientists will leave Canada and lead projects all over the free world. Canada will again be forced to purchase the products of these Canadians at inflated prices instead of selling it.

Heidi believes that any product or finding from science will end up with commercial value, as in the space race some thought it a waste until by products in computers and cookware just to name a couple appeared in the market place. It is too bad the CPC cannot see the value in science.

Can you.


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Afraid of science

Heidi believes that the destruction of many thousands of pages of fisheries research is again proof our government is afraid of science and how it will cripple its’ anti-environment policy’s.

Heidi has been told that in an effort to save taxpayer money we are closing many of the marine libraries and simply getting rid of the contents either by giving them away or recycling them . No matter which method is used these documents will no longer be available.No matter how you say it this is akin to burning books .

To be fair the minister in charge claims these books will be digitized and put online for all to see. This brings up some questions , when this material was in a library it was free for all to see, what will be the charge to download this information. Another question how long is this transformation to take and while it is taking place will the material be available. Just who will decide what is worth keeping , will it be done by date , will a steno pad full of a scientists notes be kept or will only bound notes be considered , what will the qualification of the person making these choices be.

Apparently we will save over four hundred thousand dollars by getting rid of these books and manuals and research papers. Apparently they will be digitized for free and they could not be transferred to one of the remaining libraries and stored . Shelf space must be real expensive. This reminds me of when Moe took over Ontario Hydro and saved all kinds of money by emptying warehouses of any device not used. This saved millions in shelf space. Odd thing is the ware house is still there and the shelves are still there and the one of a kind special built spare parts are now being custom ordered at many times the original price. So there you have it we are losing research that we will someday need to do all over again or purchase from someone smart enough to pull it from the dumpster .

Heidi is not sure if the CPC is afraid of science or just don’t have a clue . What do you think



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