I may not be all that read up on my politics, but I think my biggest issue with government is that people don't even know what they are voting for anymore, they just vote with the media, or the attack ads by various groups. I think the last elections in ontario was a prime example, yes the conservatives ran a bad campaign, but what really killed them was all the attack ads from the unions. Now I'm hearing all these Union ads asking me to tell my government(liberals) how much they need to keep their jobs, which I find amusing since they wanted her in the first place. Glad she is fulfilling all her promises!!(sarcasm)
Not only that with gas prices being crazy I now have to worry about energy costs in general. I'm alittle fearful of what hydro one will be like once it is bought out, especially since we are paying for all the over priced solar and wind energy. I'm all for saving the environment but not when it isn't economically sustainable.
Every point you made is correct SnappedAxe
"it's not valid or accepted by the left wing focus group ". What they are, are genuine concerns, based on facts and real costs and debts we owe.
You hit the energy concerns right on the head.
If you had asked most taxpaying Ontarians "would you like wind power, at 8 times the cost of gas plant generation ? (and we all know what a gas plant costs!).
Only the left wing eco-nazis (who I wonder if they pay taxes) would have agreed.
I am NOT on board with good money after bad. Quite a few years ago they outlawed R-12 for our A/C systems. Fine, R134a must be better for the environment, we all went along with it.......okay, so I stocked up large on R-12 and coasted for 20 years.
The price of a propane sized tank of R-12, at the time was @$30.00. The new cost of an equal sized tank of R-134a was 10 times more (that's a 1000% more).
I found out a few years ago that R134a is 95% as bad for the environment as R-12 was !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who'd they fly that decision by ??????????????????? (pretty sure it was during Bob Rae's tenure).
If you asked just about anyone "wanna improve the the damage freon does by 5% ? It'll only cost 1000% more."
Again, all but the dreamers and most zealous eco-morons would say "back to economics school moron, you missed something about cost and value".
You hit it on the head about bloated, privileged public sector Unions.
I'm more angry at the Liberal owned press and the Liberal trained/ingrained/biased press reporters.
They refuse to report what things will happen "if" a politician promises this or that. They make it sound like there is no cost attached to what a politician is promising.
The auto pact is a VERY large income bringer to Ontario(to teachers, that what actually pays your salaries).
They were carefully wooed by a previous generation of Ontario politicians who could see beyond next week and knew how to treat them.
At the time we had the cheapest hydro rates of any province or state in North America. The politicians worked hard to make that happen.
Since Dullard McGuilty's dalliance with wind and solar power, incurring MASSIVE debt, we are now the first or second most expensive in North America.....................why would Ford, Chrysler or GM stay any longer than their contractual agreements make them ?????????
Four terms of Ontario Liberals have also ensured there are no used cars for the working poor to drive to work.
The cars that pass a safety check, but fail emissions are shipped to rural Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, Michigan, etc.
Our working poor cannot benefit from them.....and oh environmentalists ! Guess what ? They're on the road in that neighbouring state/province anyway !
The idea of paying Kyoto credits to richer countries (per capita) like Norway, when there are people in Canada barely getting by is quite frankly INSANITY.
It was one of those dripping diaper bags Cretian dropped in poor Harper's lap as he left, laughing.
I applaud Harper for doing more important things, other than wasting time and money on an accord United States, China and India didn't sign.
Like you say, people don't read the fine print (party platforms). I heard today Mulcair and the NDP (Canadian socialist to our American friends reading) are gaining ground on Trudeau 2.0.
Why don't they read a little more about what the NDP platform has in mind....or how truly dangerous Mr. Mulcair really is.....or better yet ask an Ontarian old enough to remember Bob Rae and Pink Floyd Maclaughlin how much debt an NDP government is able to rack up in only one term.
Finally in case NDP or Liberal voters are forgetting.....we're in TERRIBLE debt. Not talking about the deficits, provincially and federally......talking about the principal debts of over 600 Billion federally and 300 billion provincially.
I don't want ANYONE but Stephen Harper managing the economy and don't want Mulcair or particularly Trudeau 2.0 NEAR the national credit card
Frankly it's already maxed out