Good luck Bernie!

I enjoy following US politics because it’s so darn interesting, even if I fundamentally disagree with most of the views of one what I feel is a lunatic party and many of the pro business/corporation views of the other but I really like Bernie Sanders. He’s a no BS (despite his initials), tell you his views on things in a specific manner type person and it’s exactly what the US system needs. A lot of the challenges that face the US will also challenge Canada in the years to come and let’s be frank whatever happens to our southern neighbours will affect Canadians too.

I agree with everything Bernie says in the video in order to have fair and free elections, Americans really do need to get the vast amounts of money out of politics…  Rich Americans & corporations simply rule the political class so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that politicians only look after their benefactors and not the constituents.  Do your part and pay attention to what’s going on in the primary process and get involved because only you can stem the tide of dirty politicians, by the time someone becomes a candidate it’s probably too late.

Cutting public education funding to cover any deficits may be an attractive option however it’s really a short term plan.  The US (and the western world) cannot compete with the Asian countries by raising a less educated populace and if they continue this path, the wealth will simply move Eastward at a faster pace.  Instead the US and Canada should take the lead of certain European countries and make higher education free, the more educated people you have the better!

Finally while yes some people have the finest health care in the US, the for profit system simply doesn’t work for the vast majority of Americans and President Obama should have gone with a single payer system with the ACA.  To anyone who disagrees all I need to say is that Americans spend more per capita, has a lower life expectancy and higher infant mortality rate than most of rest of the developed world.  These are facts and again I’ll admit that anyone who can afford it will be able to buy the best health care in the world but the vast majority will not be able to and one should judge the success of a system not based on what it can do for the elite, but rather what it can do for everyone.

Go get them Bernie, here’s one Canadian that can’t vote for you but certainly wish he could.

Big LOLs…

I’m not a fan of the Republican party and I couldn’t help but LOL in the office when I read that Rick Santorum, said that the pope should back off and leave science to the scientists.  It’s funny because the right likes to attack climate change science while saying stupid things like “I’m not a scientist” when questioned on their reasons.

On June 16, Pope Francis is expected to release an encyclical letter on the environment, the Catholic Church’s strongest statement to date on the moral issues associated with climate change. It’s a move that has environmentalists very excited — and one GOP presidential nominee less than thrilled.

During an interview with a Philadelphia radio station on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum — a devout Catholic — said that while he loves Pope Francis, he thinks the Pope should leave discussions about climate change to scientists.

Source: Think Progress

For people who aren’t scientists they sure like to deny climate change is occurring whenever they can, perhaps it’s them who should listen to the experts…  In any case while I don’t agree with all of the Pope’s views, I’m glad he’s a lot more up to date with current events and lives by what he preaches.

Dangerous line to tread

The federal government now has a law in place that allows it to revoke the citizenship of Canadians (who hold multiple citizenships) convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage…  At face value this may sound reasonable but I’m worried about how the government (this one and future ones) could abuse this power, after all humans are emotional and can often make rash decisions that they may regret at a later time.  Or worse, what if the list of offences are expanded, where is the oversight?

A controversial new law, first introduced last June, went into effect on Friday.

The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration says there are several serious crimes that could result in dual citizens losing their Canadian status.

The ministry says it would revoke citizenship for anyone found guilty of terrorism, treason and high treason, and spying for a foreign government.
Source: CBC

Right now it targets anyone with multiple citizenships but it just doesn’t sit well with me and what is the appeals process?  As I’ve said previously I don’t think as a society we should be willing to trade security for freedoms because once it’s done, we will never get those rights back.

Alberta goes orange

So the PC dynasty in Alberta is finally over after 44 years and Albertans have elected a NDP majority.  Living in Ontario, I’m most interested in seeing what the new NDP government will do in terms of environmental policy as the oil sands is as dirty as you can get in terms of fossil fuels, though I don’t expect anything drastic.  Let’s be frank, oil runs the Alberta economy so I doubt there will be much change other than “window dressing” unfortunately and any real change will take many consecutive progressive governments.

I’m laughing a bit at gun owners freaking out at the prospect of having a NDP Alberta…  The populace is generally pro gun and frankly I think the NDP government will have more important things to worry about than giving gun owners a hard time.  A few weeks back I posted a thread on CGN about how gun owners should try and infiltrate and join the other political parties and not rely solely on the Conservative party, too bad most people didn’t read what I was saying and simply bashed the Liberal & NDP parties, told me they’d never vote for either party or that I was an idiot.

Sigh political parties try and appeal to their base first and if the Liberals & NDP parties had a large group of gun owners, they’d be less inclined to have anti gun policies (which to be frank target legal owners and does nothing for criminals).  Oh well, other special interest groups do that but if gun owners prefer to close their eyes to the political reality of the system and just whine and bitch about things, so be it.

I wonder what this will mean for the upcoming federal election in the fall…  Interesting times to follow politics in Canada.


Talk about screwing up big time, I certainly hope the people of New Hampshire vote these assholes out.

In the spirit of learning by doing, students drafted a bill to learn the process of how a bill becomes law. They proposed House Bill 373, an act establishing the Red Tail Hawk as the New Hampshire State Raptor. Even though it passed through the Environment and Agriculture committee with a majority vote, some representatives were far from receptive.

Rep. Warren Groen, a Republican from Rochester said, “It grasps them with its talons then uses its razor sharp beak to basically tear it apart limb by limb, and I guess the shame about making this a state bird is it would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood.”

Source: NH1

And to make things worse, the House voted down the bill promoted by the kids right in front of them! Shame on these politicians, we should encourage the young to participate in politics but then again I guess young people voting is a poison to one particular party…

Go Senator Warren!

Some of my friends ask me why I pay attention to US politics so closely and the reason is because whatever happens in the US affects the rest of the world whether we like it or not.  I wish there were more politicians like Senator Elizabeth Warren, she truly is looking out for the average person and has a lot of special interest groups worried about their sweet heart deals.

It’d be awesome if she became President but at the same time she may be more useful as a Senator…

It’s only a few minutes long and worth a watch for everyone whether you’re an American or not.  Unfortunately the right wing economic policies like lower taxes on the rich and corporations has infected Canada.

US right wing crazy ideas are here…

I’ve been saying it for a long time, the crazy right wing ideas from the US are coming here to Canada.  First it was doctors that won’t prescribe birth control and now a Tory MPP has said publicly that he doesn’t believe in evolution and said in a debate at Queens Park that it’s “not a bad idea” to opt out of teaching evolution in schools.

When Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls shouted in the legislature that it’s “not a bad idea” to stop teaching evolution in schools, he wasn’t kidding.

The off-the-cuff remark during a heated debate over the new sex education curriculum landed Nicholls (Chatham-Kent-Essex) in hot water with Conservative colleagues and left him ridiculed by others.

“It obviously didn’t help our position,” said Interim Conservative Leader Jim Wilson, who has frequently blamed his party for poor decisions that led to four successive election defeats by the scandal-plagued Liberals.

But Nicholls stood by his line when asked about it Wednesday.

“For myself, I don’t believe in evolution,” Nicholls told reporters.

Source: The Star

If the West (and Canada) wants to keep its technological and scientific lead in the world, we need to teach children science whether it gets in the way of religious beliefs or not. I’m at a loss for words at the stupidity of MPP Nicholls and I hope his constituents realize that he’s a retard.

Time to act Ontarians!

Good on the Toronto Star for bringing this up, I feel ashamed to say that I follow politics on all levels here in Canada and didn’t know about this.

Long-term care is big business. Money politics is also big business in this province — a place where time is money, and a minister’s time is worth a lot of money.

That’s how it still works in Ontario, the Central Canadian province that remains the Wild West of fundraising in this country.

The Hoskins event is a reminder that without any rules to ban corporate and union contributions, all three parties keep cashing in on the desire of powerful interests to influence the party in power. In between elections, the governing party profits most; but just ahead of elections, when companies and unions hedge their bets, the opposition parties also get their take.

Source: The Star

This is definitely a problem and you can bet I’m going to write (an actual letter) my MPP to relay my displeasure at that!  Money and politics do not mix and this is how business and the rich buy the government, please do your part and get involved as well because it’s important to get whoever governs the province to ban contributions from unions and corporations!

This would be funny if it weren’t real…

So the Democratic leaning Public Policy polling firm released a poll that says Louisiana Republicans blame President Obama more than President Bush for Hurricane Katrina…  That’s great, Katrina hit in 2005 at the start of W’s second term while Obama was still in his first year as a senator.

Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren’t sure who to blame.

Source: TPM

The polling firm is Democratic leaning but I mean I don’t think Republicans need to anyone to help them look stupid.

We need more politicians like this

I guess it should be no surprise but I really like Bernie Sanders.  I wish we had more straight shooting politicians like this in the world, it certainly would be a better place.

Trickle down economics or supply side economics doesn’t work, if it did the US (and Canada) would be swimming in jobs as the tax rates are at the lowest point ever. Mr. Sanders is correct, businesses don’t hire people because they have more money or because taxes are lower, there needs to be demand to justify it. Sales drives the economy and in order to promote sales, you need a thriving middle class.

Sigh, unfortunately our politicians in power have bought into this supply side crap (even though it doesn’t work) and people like Mr. Sanders seem “extreme”. I always tell my younger staff that politics matters and to pay close attention to what the politicians say.

For the record I hated supply side economics before it was cool. 😉