Sorry for going OT. I have been locked away down in my basement shop these
past days and I couldn't resist.
It seems that the USDA is indicating that infected cow came from Canada.
This past August, the US was blaming Canada for the massive Power Outage,
and 2 years ago after 9/11 the US was blaming Canada for allowing terrorist
to slip in to the US. Is this a new trend for the Land of Political
Correctness? Blame it on the Canadians? What else shall we blame them for?
I guess I can blame Canada for my OT posting. ;)
Happy New Year
Yet to be proven. There is a discrepancy in the age of the cow, which
indicates that the cow may not have come from Canada. They are
conducting DNA testing now.
Also, there are indications that the one infected cow that was found in
Canada earlier this year, came from Montana.
Later to be found that it actually started in a power plant in Ohio.
Later found to be false. But even if they did enter the US through
Canada, those border crossings are guarded by American customs agents.
Seems to be, but that's alright. We've been blaming you Yanks for
everything for years ;)
(Born to be Canadian!)
On 30 Dec 2003 14:50:07 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Bri) wrote:
Please come and invade (or whatever term you like) and when you don't
find them please feel free to leave billions of dollars in aid. I know
you won't find the WMD because you don't know what you are looking
for. In our case the WMD are our politicians. Gave everyone who pays
taxes a cheque for $155 just weeks before the last election. Now have
to cut many government programs, especially health care and education.
Their next "trick" it to decrease taxes by 10% on Jan 1 2004. Yes we
can really afford this as well. Politician want a 39% (YES 39%) wage
hike after the next election. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come and get
Thank you in advance, Ken in NS
Spot on, Ken. Ideologies are the real WMD. Greed, Envy and hatred have
destroyed more than any weapons.
Unfortunately, politicians prey on the greed, envy and hatred of their
We have met the enemy, and he is us. - Walt Kelley
In our case the WMD are our politicians. Gave everyone who pays
Awraaaiight! Seems like we have an invite. How do we finance this
invasion? Hmmm. Seems like we gotta borrow the money. OK all you
Canuckistanis, buy US War Bonds!
Oh and the word should be something like prestidigitate.
In general, tax cuts tend to stimulate economies, especially those
that have been beset by high taxes. Might actually be a good move.
Also takes away from the government the ability to "redistribute" the
fruits of others' labor. Sounds like a good plan.
You make the assumption that this is a zero-sum game. i.e. if you stop
taking a dollar in taxes from someone, that dollar disappears from the
treasury never to be seen again. The truth is, that by cutting taxes,
you wind up stimulating the economy (again, assuming an over-taxed
economy -- and Canada certainly falls into that category), such that
more revenue starts getting generated in the economy and the government
tax revenues actually rise. There is sufficient evidence to support
this assertion; it worked in the early '60s when the Kennedy tax cuts
cut the confiscatory tax rates imposed during the Roosevelt
administration, it worked with the Reagan tax cuts, in which tax revenue
grew significantly following the tax cuts as the economy grew.
Tax revenue rises, but so does the debt. The net is negative. If the
increased revenue covered government expenses _and_ reduced the debt,
there might be something to it, but as it stands, it's all a right-wing
fiction to take money out of future generations and put it in the pockets
of current taxpayers - predominantly the rich and upper middle class.
It's like getting a massive mortgage, borrowing to make all your purchases
and then quitting your job to take a lower paying one with a shorter working
week. Everything looks fine as long as you make your interest payments.
When you die, someone inherits your debts. No sensible, moral person would
live like that, but all western governments do.
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