4 Responses to Drummond Report: so far a thud, not yet a dud

  1. Hags March 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Atinuke, the discredited Rae government did exactly what Dalton has done….i.e., spent us into a hole. To this day, Rae is jeered by most eveyone in this province for trying to spend his way out of a recession…failing…and leaving us with record debt.
    Just where was the NDP when Dalton was digging us an even bigger hole?
    You seem to be saying that the solution for government is to generate more income thru increased business taxes. That is all talk; the truth is that, while the NDP rails about businesses getting a free ride…when in power, they tax the hell out of the middle class.
    Last, Atinuke, you were a good candidate in our last election and I’m glad to finally hear from you. I humbly prefer to remain a skeptic as to the NDP fixing the mess that Dalton has created. Pity.

  2. Allan Dettweiler March 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Yes Atinuke, the sky is going to fall! That is my prediction. Why?
    The problem is that is is near impossible for a party to get elected unless
    they give the people something. Everyone wants to know how they will benefit if they vote for a given party.
    For example, how many out there will vote for the Ontario Liberals or NDP – or whoever if they promise to remove full-day Kindergarten?
    You are absolutely correct. We need to get our priorities straight. But who sets the priorities? Me? You? A full-time Kindergarten teacher? Dalton? Andrea?
    The NDP is fond of trying to tax the hell out of Corporations. You speak of the “billions” of profits made by the corporations. But, you never mention how much of an investment they might have made in order to make that profit. The tax-the-hell-out-of-corporation-gang don’t care about that.
    You seem to indicate all the share-holders are rich. That’s what you said, correct? There are no small shareholders who might be investing smaller amounts for retirement.
    Yes, I know there are rich “shareholders”. Like the Teacher’s Pension Plan. Filthy rich, correct?
    Yes, we all need to pay our share. No argument there.
    But, I have no confidence in the NDP to define what is fair.
    Now, I’m trying to think of someone out there who is an NDP supporter who owns a sizable company – say 20 or more employees. Is there such a thing in Cambridge? Are any of the Socialists out there creating plenty of jobs? Maybe there are. Please let me know if you can think of any.
    To my way of thinking, a huge number of NDP’ers are doing quite well living off the public purse. Living quite nicely while trying to convince the poor how badly they will have it under any other government.
    Finally Atinuke, please-please tell me the Bankole plan to balance the budget in Ontario. Please tell me precisely where you will either increase revenue, or reduce expenditures so that we can finally reach that glorious day where our budget is BALANCED.

  3. ben tucci March 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    P.S Business creates jobs and many Canadians are shareholders in the big Banks and big companies and these same Canadians demand higher share prices and larger dividends in return. Each of the Banks and big corporations employ tens of thousands of people. The Banks and corporations donate a solid % of profits back to the communities in which they do business. Time to stop vilifying the economic engines of our world and look at the real problem. Out of control spending on the part of all levels of government on out of tune programs with no rate of return to show for it. I am a triple bottom line believer. That is financial, social and environmental. In other words, to have your financial house in order while people are starving and homeless in the streets is a disgrace. Conversely though, we need our fiscal house in order and the financial stability to afford the type of change required to deal with society’s issues like poverty and homelessness. We should stop pitting one against the other. What we really need to do is find a way to get rid of party politics. We need the best and brightest of all stripes and political beliefs to form cabinet in government so that decisions made are not based on being the ruling party or defeating the ruling party to move up. The agenda should be to do what is right for all stakeholders. It can and must be done or we risk the peril of the quality of life as we know it. Might sound like a pipe dream but I’d be willing to sign up and volunteer to assist or to lead such an effort.

    Best regards to all, BEN

  4. Allan Dettweiler March 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    OK, so I’m not a big fan of the big banks.
    If I had any type of financial institution, it would be a Credit Union. The line ups at the banks are too long.
    With that said, Ben, what you have written is right on! I especially like the part about getting rid of party politics.
    I look forward to our next chat Ben. This time it’s my turn to buy.

    Who is going to the Mango King tomorrow? Or tonite if it’s Thursday when you read this. It’s a really, really good place to be between 5 and 9 p.m.
    15% of your bill is going to support a good cause.

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