Well friends I was looking for highlights in today`s BC budget but unfortunately there wasn`t any, let`s examine the low lights and down right lies!
Sometimes the utter garbage spoken by Colin Hansen and Gordon Campbell is enough to make me upchuck, let`s start with the property tax deferral scheme,first off you can`t access it until next year,secondly, you have to have at least 15% equity in your home and children under 18 still residing at home, well, isn`t that peachy, Colin Hansen stated that the interest rate would be prime, can you imagine a property tax bill piling up for a few years with interest,eventually a homeowner will owe 10,000,00$ dollars or more and never be able to pay his tax bill, but what Colin Hansen said next was offensive, here`s the quote..
" Homeowners can use the money to pay off credit card bills, or for tutoring fees or even music lessons" Snip.
Can you imagine deferring your tax bill to pay for piano lessons or tutoring to make up for the education your child isn`t getting in an over crowded classroom? What planet does Colin Hansen live on.
MSP premiums have gone up 6% and they`re going up another 6% next year to pay for inflationary pressure in health care, but the most mind boggling lie that Colin Hansen and Gordon Campbell said was this....
" Extra Tax money collected from the HST will go towards healthcare" Snip
Perhaps Colin Hansen and Gordon Campbell have forgotten what their own finance department said about the HST, or maybe they think no one is paying attention,well I`m paying attention as are all you faithful readers of the Straight Goods, the finance department has stated that the HST ....Because of all the exemptions,like home heating costs,homes up to $600K, car fuels,exemptions to school boards that there will be roughly a $370 million dollar tax shortfall....And that`s not my assertion, no other than Vaughn Palmer wrote the column after consulting the ministry of Finance ,so for Colin Hansen and the Habitual Liar Gordon Campbell to say "Extra tax dollars collected from the HST will be directed towards healthcare" is a blatant LIE,a Public relations exercise.(Read about the $370 million dollar tax shortfall here)http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=3114ae80-eb7a-4965-898e-960054af77cd&k=74603
What else is in the budget,not much, another promise to build the evergreen line, construction to start sometime in 2011,how many times are they going to recycle that lie,there is no funding for the Evergreen line,that little detail was left out, there were a few more vague promises, $60million dollars for children`s sport and the Arts over 3 years, a fraction of what they previously got,the amount is $15 million dollars less per year than the 2008 level,and,the Province of BC contributes less to sports and arts than any other Province in Canada,DEAD LAST,even Newfoundland gives more funding to Arts and Sports! And there was no details as to which group was getting what amount, are each of those getting $30 million over three years,$10 million per year, again no details,another promise drifting into future years, would you trust this group of Habitual Liars?
Something about a Northern property tax break, but again, the program won`t start until 2011/2012.....Annual facility grants for schools are coming back, but again there will be no money until next year, a further School tax break for big industry,another 10% cut for big industry on their school taxes, so now they will be paying but 40% of what they paid last year.
A few more details about where the increased health spending is coming from, over $300 million are being cut from the ministry of the environment,ministry of forestry,ministry of citizen services, and that money is going to the Health budget,robbing Peter to pay Paul, the true environmentalists are furious, the forest industry again is being sold out,industry leaders are sickened by this budget.
And, the Devil is in the details,BC Hydro rates are going up 7% in April, and the Campbell government is asking for BC Hydro increases to reach 24% over three years, again, measly tax exemptions for poor people making up to 11,000K per year on one hand and dig in our pockets for another $200 dollars per year in BC Hydro fees,this was nothing but a vacant budget, a BC Liberal Government running on fumes and lies, nothing for laid off workers,nothing for higher learning,nothing for students,nothing for dead resource towns, what little increases to the health budget will barely cover the Campbell gift to big Pharma, meager education increases that won`t even cover wages,negotiated pensions,increased BC Hydro fees and other down loaded costs.
A sick,tired habitual liar named Gordon Campbell, add Colin Hansen to the Habitual liar list, that HST bullshit about extra tax money going to healthcare when their own finance department states there will be over $370 million dollar tax shortfall every year because of the HST.
Lastly,I was listening to Christy Clark today on CKNW, on her 12:30 PM to 1:00PM segment Christy Clark laid a rip into Carole James, she went on and on about how Carole James would run a bigger deficit and how terrible that would be,she also went on and on about how the BC Liberals are better money managers than the NDP, she then asked for callers to phone and tell who they would trust more with the money and do you agree or disagree with running a larger deficit such as Carole James was proposing.....
And to my amazement, despite Christy Clark begging for callers to slag Carole James, every caller said Gordon Campbell lied, Gordon Campbell can`t be trusted,and this statement from a caller, if we can afford billions for a 2 week party we can spend more on health and education,I was amazed, Christy Clark couldn`t even dig up a BC Liberal supporter on her right wing rant show! yes friends,Gordon Campbell was booed at Hockey house,he was booed at the Live City site when his picture was shown on the big screen,and yes,even at the closing ceremonies at BC Place the crowd booed Gordon Campbell when his picture was put on the big screens,despite a patriotic crowd brimming with Canadian pride the resentment towards Gordon Campbell came out loud and clear, that my friends is a deep hatred of a Habitual Liar, and there is no recovery from that!
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