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FORSETH – When will government leave us a few crumbs of our own money?

The Ledge.

To fund or not to fund,

That is the question.

Whether tis nobler to fund,

thine own election campaign,

or drink of the trough called gluttony,

called taxpayers money.

No more; and by a sleep (or until the bill is passed),

to say we end the heart-ache (to taxpayers).

And the thousand natural shocks,
as money is siphoned from General Revenue.

‘Tis a consummation (of our money),
devoutly being wished

by the GreeNDP 

who never once campaigned on it.

WITH APOLOGIES, of course, to William Shakespeare.  I don’t know where that came from, but there you go, my very bad poetry will be what gets things underway today.

Last week of course came news that the GreeNDP led by Andrew Weaver — Oooops I mean John Horgan — (no, wait a minute, who is in charge anyway?) decided that taxpayers would fund political parties to the tune of $2.50 per vote received.  That, my friends, would amount to roughly seventeen million dollars.

As pointed out elsewhere the NDP’s John Horgan, just a mere seven months ago, specifically told CHNL’s Shane Woodford that taxpayers WOULD NOT be subsidizing political parties, and that Elections BC would, ” … look across the country and around the world at the best way to make sure that only individuals are paying for our political process and election process.

That review by Election BC never happened, and likely never will now.  So, is it any wonder that numerous stories such as these came to pass immediately?

HEADLINES should have read “BC’s Wild West reputation laid to rest.” Instead, British Columbians woke up to “Taxpayers would give millions to political parties in NDP plan,” all thanks to an ill-advised decision to slide two unexpected provisions into the government’s campaign finance reform package ….

  • Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC

… hard to know who to cheer for in Victoria these days … NDP government is ending the so-called “Wild West” days of campaign financing … taxpayers will have to pay through the nose to make it happen.

  • Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor

On the other hand, a Kamloops resident, Al Horne, had this to say about my own commentary, which was posted in the Armchair Mayor website, as well as my own blog site:

… that three or four bucks is going to break me. This is evil and perfidy on a monstrous scale. How I already long for the good old days of having government sell my province’s assets to its highest corporate bidder…

My answer to that however, is that EVERY year the city, provincial, and federal governments add a few dollars here and there, to our taxes — and that on top of new fees they find so they can gouge even more of our money away from us.

You can make a guaranteed bet on this … we will pay more, in some form, to pay for this travesty that the NDP and Green parties are both attempting to tell us is fairness, and a leveling out of the playing field.

Taxation now accounts for half of the income we earn. Pretty soon we’ll get to the point where the government simply takes all of our income, and just give us an allowance to live on.

Wait a minute, that’s called communism.

No I do not seriously believe things will ever get that bad here in Canada … at least not in my lifetime.  Still, when will this never ending suction vacuum, called government,  consider enough is enough and leave us with a few crumbs of our own money?

That will depend on us asking this question of ourselves;

When will we realize that every time we demand government do something new for us because we refuse to do for ourselves, expand an existing program, pay the way for some special interest group, etc etc — that the money for it comes from somewhere.

That somewhere is always going to be us!  It’s NOT going to be some so-called evil entity called the rich … and it’s NOT going to be big business.

No, in the end it will ALWAYS be us that pays the cost.

Are you getting tired of that yet?

What thoughts do you have on the matter?  Do you agree or disagree?  The floors yours, and I’d love to hear from you!

In Kamloops, I’m Alan Forseth.

Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.

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9 Comments on FORSETH – When will government leave us a few crumbs of our own money?

  1. @Ken: You will only be supporting a party you “detest” if you choose to vote for them. Not sure why you’d want to do that… but it’s a free country 😉 It’s a PER VOTE subsidy, Ken.

  2. Ken McClelland // September 28, 2017 at 7:28 AM // Reply

    Requiring people to fund through involuntary taxation a political party they detest is detestable and galling, particularly after a “solemn” promise was made that such an idea was not being considered. When the GST was enacted, initially there was a significant underground cash economy in place to avoid payment of the hated 7%. People in BC were similarly outraged with the HST when it was enacted after being told it wouldn’t be, even though it ultimately made sense. However, we complacent Canadians, as always, eventually acquiesced and by and large just pay. Now though, it seems every day there is a new tax, a new fee, sneaky and hidden new ways to separate hard-working people from the money they have earned, and lately the Federal government with their brazen attack on the small business people in this country while shoveling money offshore as fast as they can in order to buy favour with the UN. I believe we are at a tipping point in Canada where folks will find ways to hide income to keep the government’s grubby and wasteful hands off it. It has been said that the more handouts you give the more hands out you will have. I’m fine with giving people a hand up, would like to have a choice in who I give a hand out to rather than arbitrarily being told, and would like to feel a little less like drooling various levels of government just want to shake me by the ankles until every dime is out of my pockets. It is, ultimately, arbitrary wealth redistribution, however I never see its advocates volunteering their own wealth first. Morneau and Trudeau’s personal wealth is safely ensconced, they don’t have a worry in the world. It’s self-employed Joe and Jane Average, that because of ever-increasing taxes, may never be able to enjoy the retirement they worked 50 years for that needs to be looking over their shoulder. Ronald Reagan remarked about Socialism that “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” We have been at that point for some time now, and it is getting worse, I fear.

  3. You are fomenting an absurd stance.
    Plenty of very considered thoughts have been written already regarding the overall benefit of the party funding legislation. Besides, we are already funding political parties via tax credits on political donations.

    • Ken McClelland // September 28, 2017 at 7:33 AM // Reply

      At least through the current system you can choose whom you donate to.?

      • I can choose who I donate to under the current system. Out of my $100 donation to the Green Party, I get $75 back. So you and all the other taxpayers are paying for my donation under the current system (more even than I am). How does that make any sense?

  4. Typical Forseth gibberish. Short on facts and steeped in right-wing reformist ideology.

    • Ken McClelland // September 29, 2017 at 10:02 AM // Reply

      You’re actually getting back $75 of your own discretionary money that you donated in the 1st place. Under the new scheme, let’s call it what it is, I am forced by arbitrary confiscation of a portion of the taxes I pay, to support partys that I would never support of my own free will.

      • A democratic and free country works in funny ways sometimes…be thankful and stop beign so dogmatic!

      • No. The Green Party has my money and the tax payers of BC pay me back.

        Under the new system, whoever you vote for gets $2.50. So your $2.50 goes to the party of your choice and mine goes to the party of my choice.

        I’m not sure per vote subsidies are the way to go, but I am pretty sure that if I donate $100 to a political party it should be my $100 that goes to the party, not $25 from me and $75 from the rest of you.

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