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Politics and its Discontents: Enemies Of The People

I hardly think that is too harsh a description of both those who park their money offshore to avoid taxes and those who facilitate such evasions. Indeed, an open letter signed by some of the world’s leading economists makes the cost of such selfish and… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Enemies Of The People

Politics and its Discontents: Wisdom From A 91-Year-Old

Don’t worry. This is not one of those bromides on how to live a long and happy life. It is, however, a realistic recipe for social cohesion and progress. The letter, from Joy Taylor of Scarborough, was published in today’s Toronto Star:

Today I turned 91. My friends and I celebrated with laughter, and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Wisdom From A 91-Year-Old

Politics and its Discontents: A More Realistic Appraisal of Jim Flaherty

If, like me, you were rather appalled by the hypocritical yet predictable enconiums offered to Jm Flaherty by his political foes, you will likely enjoy this letter from Ottawa Star reader Morgan Duchesney, who renders a far more realistic appraisal of the departing Finance Minister:

Re: Chance for a fresh start, Editorial March 19

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Politics and its Discontents: Harper Lies: The Dismal Truth About Corporate Tax Evasion

My friend Gary recently alerted me to this, which should sicken all Canadian citizens. It is a story of corporate greed, massive amounts of lost tax revenues, and a government that aids and abets both. After viewing it, be sure to read the missive from Star letter-writer Robert Bahlieda that follows, and think about it . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper Lies: The Dismal Truth About Corporate Tax Evasion

Politics and its Discontents: A Rogue’s Gallery

Just two pictures, so perhaps not a real gallery, but I think the descriptor is accurate.

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Politics and its Discontents: More On Wealthy Tax Cheats

As noted in a previous post, many of our more prosperous citizens feel no obligation to the country that made their great wealth possible. Rather, they are quite happy to hide it in offshore financial institutions, which, while being ethically questionable, is not illegal. However, many of them are also committing crimes by . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More On Wealthy Tax Cheats

Politics and its Discontents: The Scourge of Wealth

I often think of the famous line from the New Testament in which Jesus says “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Some say the reference is to a gate in Jerusalem called the Needle”s . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Scourge of Wealth