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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