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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Jared Bernstein discusses how fair and progressive taxes on the rich are a necessary element of any effort to improve the lot of the poor: The rising tide of inequality does more than create great economic distance between income classes. It also produces higher barriers to mobility. Increased . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

OPSEU Diablogue: Tory health platform review: Direct promise to scrap LHINs, CCACs missing

Curiously after months of saying they’ll do away with both the Local Health Integration Networks and the Community Care Access Centres, both direct promises are conspicuously absent from the formal Tory election platform. That doesn’t mean they will stay in … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Tale Tales

Here’s a whopper from one of young Tim’s chief disciples, Lisa MacLeod:

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Politics and its Discontents: Political Rhetoric Pierced

Hyperbole is, of course, a mainstay of political campaigns, as those vying for public office offer a blunt message to potential voters. Keep it simple and repetitive seems the overarching strategy, never more apparent than in young Tim Hudak’s 1 million jobs plan. Will people be fooled by his claim that by destroying 100,000 . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Political Rhetoric Pierced

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Elias Isquith interviews Matt Taibbi about the complete lack of morality underlying Wall Street and the regulators who are supposed to protect the public interest from banksters run amok. Paul Buchheit reviews some compelling evidence that poorer people are more ethical than the wealthy – suggesting that extreme . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: The Common Sense Revolution Redux ( A.K.A. Tiny Tim Roars)

H/t Theo Moudakis

If you have resided in Ontario for some years, and were of a certain age when Ontario’s Common Sense Revolution was conducted by Mike ‘The Knife’ Harris, you will recall it was a time of great upheaval that, contrary to the mythologizing that the right-wing so much enjoys fabricating, left the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Common Sense Revolution Redux ( A.K.A. Tiny Tim Roars)

Montreal Simon: The Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and the Con Bigots

It's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. A day to remember the millions of LGBT people in the world who are being oppressed, hurt, and even murdered for the "crime" of being who they are.A day to remember that even in Canada, the hatred that kills is still a problem.For how can I forget . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and the Con Bigots

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Bill Moyers interviews Richard Wolff about inequality – featuring Wolff’s observation that anybody trying to justify inequality as an inevitable byproduct of unregulated markets manages only to make those markets indefensible: Bill Moyers: When you say that there’s no economic argument that people should be kept at the– . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Connecting The Dots

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Polly Toynbee looks at how the UK is now treating children in need as investment opportunities to be exploited by investors, rather than people to be assisted. And Mark Taliano writes that privatization is a problem rather than a solution when it comes to providing public services.

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Politics and its Discontents: Following Politics Too Closely Takes Its Toll

I imagine that many people who follow politics closely do so in the belief that it is one of the few arenas that offers the possibility of change on a wide scale. Enlightened public policy, backed by the appropriate fiscal measures, can help bring about greater social and economic equity, thereby contributing to a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Following Politics Too Closely Takes Its Toll

Montreal Simon: The Abominable Tim Hudak and the Koch Connection

I have to admit that I sometimes find it hard to take Tim Hudak seriously. He's such a goof, such a lousy campaigner, such a loser.

Until I remember that after Stephen Harper he is the most beastly Con in Canada, and a Republican clone if ever there was one.A man who lives to . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Abominable Tim Hudak and the Koch Connection

Trashy's World: Will Ontarians gamble on the future of their health care?

Harris fired 6,000 nurses when he was Premier. What’s the over/under with Timmy? Timmy Hudak. He’s in over his head. (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– George Monbiot writes that contrary to the theory that wealth is a precondition to environmental standards, increased consumption tends to correlate to disregard for the our impact on the environment: For years we’ve been told that people cannot afford to care about the natural world until they . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Calgary Grit: 10 Years of Blogging

Happy Trails

Back when I first sat down to rant about politics on May 15th 2004, I never expected I’d still be doing this over 3,000 posts later. The blog has outlasted 3 Liberal leaders, been through 4 federal elections, and documented my involvement on a handful of losing leadership campaigns. During that . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: 10 Years of Blogging

Eh Types: Death by One Hundred Thousand Cuts

In my last post I criticized Tim Hudak’s campaign over some early gaffes, and called them amateurs. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for that to amateurs everywhere. Since we’ve seen how they do on a subway, I hope Hudak has an event at one of Ontario’s craft beer producers next. I . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Death by One Hundred Thousand Cuts

Trashy's World: Tim Hudak is sooooo out of touch!

Of course he is out of touch. It’s Tim Hudak that we’re talking about here, folks. That’s not a big surprise. But what is a surprise isthe extent of his disconnect. His “1 million jobs”, *ahem* “plan” is perhaps the most ill-thought out set of proposals I have ever seen rolled out in an election . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Tim Hudak is sooooo out of touch!

Politics and its Discontents: Why I’m Glad I Wasn’t A Math Teacher

While those heard-headed pragmatists who rule the world today often disdain ‘soft’ subjects like English literature, sociology, and a host of other disciplines that require nuanced, as opposed to blunt thinking, I am glad that I was an English teacher instead of one dispensing the wonders of mathematics.

Even though he might have been . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Why I’m Glad I Wasn’t A Math Teacher

Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, Back In The Land of Ontario Election Campaigns….

The mask of boyish innocence was slowly slipping away from young Tim Hudak.

H/t Toronto Star

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Scott's DiaTribes: Ontario voters not liking Hudak’s Voodoo Economics

First off, yes, this is a Forum poll, but like BigcityLib, I’ll take it as a starting point as to what people think of Tim Hudak’s 100 000 public sector job cuts/1 million jobs created dual promises. So far, they don’t like it at all, or they don’t believe Timmy can do what he claims:

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Maple-Flavoured Politics: Tim Hudak’s Jobs Plans: Certain Pain Now; Uncertain Gains Later

Tim Hudak made two overarching jobs-related announcements in this Ontario election campaign so far. In one, he said he’s going to cut 100,000 public service jobs. In another, he said he’s going to create one-million new jobs. Here’s something to keep in mind. The public sector job cuts are a promise. If elected, particularly if . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: Tim Hudak’s Jobs Plans: Certain Pain Now; Uncertain Gains Later

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Doug Saunders interviews Thomas Piketty about the need for checks on the undue accumulation of capital, and the readily available means of achieving that end: To solve the problem of rising inequality, you propose small worldwide taxes on capital transfers and on wealth, and prohibitive taxes on . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

Politics and its Discontents: What Stephen Harper, Tim Hudak And The Rest of The Neocons Really Think

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Political Eh-conomy: Hudak’s plans to cut teachers in statistics and politics

It’s election time in Ontario and that means graphs and statistics, facts and factoids, some stale, some new come out of the woodwork. Take the tweet below as an example, one that riffs on the old theme of an exploding public sector encapsulated in Tim Hudak’s promise to cut 100,000 public service jobs:

Hudak promises . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Hudak’s plans to cut teachers in statistics and politics

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Alyssa Battistoni writes that a universal basic income could go a long way toward solving environmental and economic problems alike by placing a focus on sustainable quality of life rather than increasing consumer consumption: If overconsumption is actually the problem, we can’t fix it by consuming more, however . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links