Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week. – Following up on yesterday’s post, the Hill Times reports that even the first set of cuts from the Harper Cons’ majority looks to have a serious effect on our federal government’s ability to function for itself rather than relying on self-interested corporations to make decisions: The 46 axed ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Wall government’s economic strategy is resulting in Saskatchewan paying more to get less out of private-sector development.

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Report: Broad Bipartisan Support For Action On Climate Change

climatechange.jpg A new report by George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication shows that voters in America are concerned about global climate change, and would support broad action by the federal government to prevent future disaster. The report shows that voters from both major political parties are at odds with most Republicans in Washington, ...

Trashy's World: Another financial meltdown in the U.S.?

President Obama is warning of one if the debt ceiling is not lifted. The American government will exceed its legislated debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion in August. Trillion. 14,300,000,000,000. Holy crap. According to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (yeah, they’re weenies and you’ll seldom hear me say anything good about them), our debt stands at $559 ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Koch Money Fuels AFP Misinformation Campaign On Gas Prices

Obama Gas Bill.jpg The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is taking their misinformation machine on the road in an attempt to convince American consumers that President Obama is causing the spike in gasoline prices. AFP is claiming that the president is intentionally keeping gas prices high because he refuses to allow oil companies to drill ...

Accidental Deliberations: Up for debate

The NDP has released a first look at the prioritized resolutions from this weekend’s #vancon2011 (PDF). And while most of them may not come as too much surprise (or appear particularly controversial), there are a few which look highly noteworthy in developing and refining the party’s policies. In particular:Resolution 1-09-11, submitted by Davenport, proposes an ...

Accidental Deliberations: Worth discussing

One of the few times when the NDP has always been able to count on pundit attention in the past has been its policy conventions, when commentators often churn out an easy column or post by gleefully mocking some of the resolutions put forward for debate. So now that the resolutions for the Cons’ convention ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario NDP would role back tax cuts for corporations

New Democrats will scrap McGuinty’s corporate tax rate giveaway: Horwath « Ontario NDPIt’s been proven time and again that giving tax cuts to corporations doesn’t create jobs for Canadians and doesn’t boost the economy. Corporate tax cuts only boost the profit for the corporations.And, the corporate business parties of the Conservatives and Liberals are all ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your midweek reading. – The Star skewers the Cons’ insistence on pushing ahead with bad budget choices: As the Star argued during the election, Canada needs progressive economic vision in the form of strategic investments in scientific research and innovation, health care, a national child-care plan and improving the Canada Pension Plan ...

Accidental Deliberations: On recruitment tactics

So that’s the Cons’ long-term economic action plan… A Conservative MP recently nominated by the federal government to sit on a secretive Canada-U.S. committee on continental defence told U.S. officials he was hoping a downturn in the economy would lead to increased recruitment for the Canadian army, according to a “confidential” U.S. diplomatic cable released ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Built to crash: the coming economic tsunami

`Would you rather have a perfectly efficient system that, if hit by a pebble, would shatter? Or, would you rather have an adaptable system that may not give you the exact output you want, but can handle anything?  According to Barry Lynn of the New America Foundation, our economy and our entire domestic food supply ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Why Do The Poor Continue To Defend Tax Breaks for the Rich?

Why do the Poor Continue to Defend tax Breaks for the Rich Great post by Cory McCray. This applies to Canadians too. Excerpt: Sometimes I just don’t understand why there is always a financially struggling college kid, a low wage worker, or a middle class citizen that feel as though they have to go out ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gas Prices Are Too Low

Everyone loves to talk about gas prices, but few can agree what to do about them. Pointless boycotts of local stations have no real impact on the price of gasoline because they are very temporary and not widespread despite organizing attempts on the Internet. It’d be almost like trying to control how much water is ...

Hellberta: Oilsands optimism on the downslide

canada.com The oilsands continue to take public relations hits across the globe. Just recently the Keystone pipeline leaked yet again making for the forth pipeline leak in relation to oilsands pipelines in the last 2 months, 2 of which occured in Alberta. In the midst of all of the bad public relations it seems a very important long term ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – In case we didn’t already have enough examples of the Wall government’s contempt for voting, James Wood notes that it’s dragging its heels on authorizing any enumeration before the official writ period. That figures to work wonders in making it more difficult to accurately identify voters – ...

Politics and Entertainment: Harperites Tax Policies Aggravate Gap Between rich and Poor

Toronto Star The full story In addition to the weaknesses noted below in Les Whittington piece, one could also ask how effective is an accelerated reduction of the federal debt in creating jobs for Canadians? Since the Harperites are already shrinking tax revenues through the measures outlined below, wouldn’t a focus on job creation combined ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Economic Hitman Confesses

This is how I see the economic system of the world operating, and it’s the basis for many of my feelings about the economy in Canada and in Saskatchewan. It’s why I work to make things better however I can. Capitalism may be the best economic system we’ve run into thus far, but it’s not ...

The Liberal Scarf: Tim Hudak vs. his own record

Tim Hudak once said he’d fight the HST “tooth and nail” after being accused of flip-floping on the long record of PC support for a harmonized tax system, and now he has done a double-flip flop, by saying he wouldn’t fight the HST at all, but would instead take $6 billion out of health care ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: The Politics of Fear: An election post-mortem

The politics of fear: An election post-mortem | rabble.caBy Trish Hennessy Excerpt: (Part one of a series) This blog post attempts to explain the power behind the dominant frame at play in this election: our economy in peril. The frame was set by Stephen Harper, who spent 37 days dismissing thedemocratic need for an election ...

The Liberal Scarf: Tim Hudak vs. Ontario jobs, Eastern Ontario edition

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Hudak+urged+support+green+energy/4787642/story.html From Windsor to Ottawa, Ontario families & Ontario businesses are standing up to defend jobs created for families by private investment helped by the Ontario Liberal plan for jobs and growth against Tim Hudak’s reckless rookie scheming: A group of Ottawa businesses specializing in renewable energy technology is calling on Progressive Conservative leader Tim ...

The Liberal Scarf: Tim Hudak vs. jobs for Ontario families

Hudak has declared war green energy jobs for Ontario families, but Ontario is fighting back: http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/blogs/Green+energy+threat+makes+region/4783142/story.html “[The PC Party] has declared war on this region with the insane announcement that it intends to snuff out thousands of local jobs, kill a new green energy industry for this hard-hit region and send us back to the ...

The Happy Wanderer: Fiscally Reposible? Yeah Right

The Conservatives are going to reduce the Corporate taxes by more for next year. If this years budget passes (which of course it will) the corporate taxes will be 16.5% the next year the Harper Government wants to reduce it to 15%. The cost for these cuts will be large. The cost is about $1.6 ...

Canadian Soapbox: Real Estate at the tipping point – More voices predicting major correction

Want to be popular?  The most recently available statistics say 70% of Canadians are owners of real estate, so if you’re looking to win friends talk bullish about the housing market…it’ll be bull alright, but you’ll be loved. Who wants to hear that their most prized asset is going to drop in value by a ...

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Courage in the face of Despair – I’m Voting for the Social Economy

While the Liberals and Conservatives spout on about how well each has handled Canada’s financial economy they are both equally guilty of ignoring Canada’s social economy. What is the social economy?  Well it is wide range of community, voluntary and not-for-profit… ..

Liberal Video Depot: "Tory Times are Tough Times"

Let us reminisce, shall we, on some of the great contributions of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to our democracy and to accountable, responsible government. {Video by cmjhogan} Please send LVD your political and news videos and clips.