Stephen Harper weather forecast......Shitstorm a coming
Written by Grant G
What a pleasant day indeed, the good people of Alberta can`t be too happy, Jim Prentice released his budget today, and my oh my the news is ....Interesting.
Alberta has ran 4 straight deficit budgets with oil at near record levels and now, oil is low and forecast to stay low for years, last month Alberta shed 17,000 jobs, news reported today out of Alberta, EI unemployment claims are up 25%...Food bank use is up 30%....And how did Jim Prentice, Harper`s old time, one time elected federal Conservative buddy respond...Well..
Jim Prentice replaced the high priestess Alison Redford, ..Jim the reaper Prentice was anointed the great savior of the Alberta PC party, Prentice was going to clean up the mess, restore balance and run Alberta straight into prosperity...So impressive was Jim Prentice`s game plan that Danielle Smith and her high ranking Wildrose Party lieutenants crossed the floor to join with Jimmy...oh indeed..
And today Prentice brought down the hammer on the little people, on the working stiffs...
Jim Prentice announced he was raising fuel taxes by 4%..Liquor taxes by 13%...Raising insurance fees, raising traffic ticket prices, raising all SIN taxes, and more, for all those earning over $100,000 K per year a 2% income tax increase...And even more, everyone in Alberta making over $50k per year will now pay a BC style MSP health premium, he also announced laying off thousands of health workers...With all those tax increases and public layoffs one would think he was going to balance the budget, no...Alberta will still run a $5 billion dollar deficit and still will have to borrow $10 billion dollars...
Jim Prentice didn`t raise corporate taxes, .....Prentice picked on the working stiffs..The good people of Alberta must be seriously thinking about their precarious future, when oil was over $100 per barrel they were still running massive deficits near $5 billion per year...And now that oil is low, jobs are shed, Alberta is running near $10 billion dollar deficits...How is Stephen Harper`s one trick pony economy working for you now Alberta..
Norway amassed near $1 trillion dollars from oil royalties over 30 years while Alberta amassed nothing over 30 years..
Jim Prentice is set to call a general election before the end of the week, and yes the PC party will still win the election but I guarantee everyone of those Wildrose Party defectors will be turfed out the door...
Just imagine, the new Wildrose Party will have a whole new slate of candidates, just think if Danielle Smith and company stayed true as an opposition, hmm, Wildrose under Danielle Smith would have formed a new Government..
Now Danielle Smith and her lieutenants are political casualties, forever tainted, never to be elected again...
Stephen Harper`s economic plan is swirling the toilet bowl...Reports are out that Alberta`s oilsands high mark of production and investment in 2014 will never be reached again, ..Pipelines, with Tar-oil production in decline the need for Enbridge`s and Kinder Morgan`s pipelines is very dubious...Even Keystone XL is now in doubt, even after the next USA general presidential election..
Alberta folk must be looking in the mirror, their future placed in one oily basket and now their reward for being true believers in Harpernomics is taxes, taxation and more taxation, it will cost even more to drown their sorrows in Whiskey..
Harper`s shitstorm is gaining momentum indeed...Stephen war monger Harper has bad news emanating from every orifice, I`m not talking about Pamela Wallin`s wailing or Mike Duffy`s dandruff trial, i`m talking about Stephen Harper delaying his election 2015 deficit budget until May of this year, leaving no opportunity for the opposition to grill him in Parliament, ...Harper is running away from a failed economy, his one-trick pony has gone lame, needs to be shot, laid down...
But...But but but..Harper can run on war mongering, eer, no, the PBO Parliamentary budget officer just announced that the Government must infuse $3 billion dollars more each year over the next decade to just to maintain its procurement commitments, not counting the cost of mission creep into Syria....
In other words, those ship building contracts Stephen Harper announced 5 years ago, well, there isn`t any money for those ships, Seaspan and Irving shipyards have been played like a fiddle, don`t think re-announcing those shipbuilding contracts in this election cycle will carry much weight..
OTTAWA - The Harper government has built a military that it cannot afford and will be forced to make tough choices in the future, if it sticks with the current funding envelope, the country's budget watchdog said Thursday.
The new assessment by the parliamentary budget office came as debate kicked off in the House of Commons about an expanded and extended war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a conflict that opposition MPs were warned this week will last more than a year.....
In order to sustain the existing number of troops, bases, tanks, planes and ships, the budget office says the Conservatives will have to spend about 1.6 per cent of GDP, which would be an increase of at least $3 billion annually.....
That affordability gap — or shortfall — runs anywhere between $33 billion and $42 billion over the next decade.
Left addressed, the gap means the military will be forced to thin out the ranks by "several thousand soldiers," close buildings and reduce its capital spending plan, said defence analyst Dave Perry, of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.
Frechette said, under the current budget structure, the government can afford a military about the same size it had in 1999
Stephen Harper`s personal shitstorm is closing in fast..
His war machine is broken and weak(Our service persons are brave, strong and loyal, Hat`s off to all of them)...Our economic outlook is desperate, this year`s announced razor thin surplus was wasted on rewarding the wealthiest people in Canada...Income splitting for the rich...Doubling of the TFSA(Tax free savings account)..TFSA, a tax measure that very few can avail themselves of because the masses of Canadians are carrying a record amount of debt...
But, but but but Harper can run on future promises of good things to come, err, no...Stephen Harper is taking our cherished home mail delivery away, ...Stephen Harper is raising the age for the Canada pension, CPP..future Canadians have to work until age 67 before they can apply for a woefully small old age pension...But what about health services, what about healthcare transfers to the provinces, eer, no, Stephen Harper announced 2 years ago that healthcare funding and transfers to provinces is being reduced to rate of growth staring in 2017...Growth, what growth, Canada`s economy is shrinking and a mass of baby boomers are reaching the critical years, critical years where most people need medical treatment, ...Reducing funds for healthcare at a time when the need will never be greater..
But, but but but the war, fear mongering will work, eer no....The Canadian public aren`t buying Stephen Harper and Jason kenney claiming that Canada has a right to bomb Syria because of article 51....no, article 51 allows nations to defend themselves in other countries where there is an imminent threat...A twitter comment saying West Edmonton mall will be targeted by ISIS doesn`t qualify as an imminent threat, ....If that was the case, Canada would have to bomb every country in the world.
Syria, Stephen Harper...By bombing Syria Canada is actually propping up the corrupt Assad regime..Canada by propping up Assad is joining arms with Iran and Russia as supporters of the brutal mass killing Assad regime...Can Stephen Harper join with Iran and Russia in supporting the butcher of Syria while simultaneously siding with Bibi(Benjamin Netanyahu) in denouncing Iran, threatening to bomb Iran...While simultaneously wagging his limp military finger at Vladimir Putin...
That circle can`t be squared...
Stephen Harper`s personal shitstorm...His one trick pony economy has been sent to the glue factory, his war machine is leaking oil, his election year surplus was lavished on and squandered on Canada`s wealthiest 5%...That meager surplus has turned into a deficit...As the great Carnac would say, Stephen Harper`s budget for 2015 has been hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar and dropped to the bottom of Lake Inferior..
And the longer Stephen Harper waits to call an election the worse things are going to get..
Written By Grant G
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