Tagged big government

The Inequity of Canada’s Equalization Payments

The Niagara Independent – June 29, 2018 – As Parliament recessed for the summer, news leaked out that the Trudeau Government quietly renewed the current federal equalization formula for provinces through the year 2024. In the 584-pages of 2018 budget documentation, Finance Minister Bill Morneau had buried a provision that extended the existing equalization formula, providing no formal notices to provinces or the public. With the passage of the omnibus budget legislation, stealthily, Morneau unilaterally assured the renewal of the federal-provincial equalization arrangement — to the huge benefit of Quebec, and over the vocal protests of Newfoundland and Labrador, and…

Identifying “Governmentium”

A research institution announced the discovery of the heaviest element known to science.  The new element has been tentatively named “Governmentium “. Governmentium has 1 neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 11 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.   These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.   Since governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of governmentium causes one reaction to…

Just the facts on Canadians’ debt & taxes

To begin 2018, the Fraser Institute has provided Canadians with 10 financial facts about our government and its spending that we all need to better comprehend. By George reprints these alarming facts unedited.   1. The total tax bill for the average Canadian family will exceed $35,000 in 2017, or 42.5 per cent of their income—more than what the average family spends on housing, food and clothing combined.   2. While the federal government has claimed it “cut taxes for middle-class Canadians everywhere,” the reality is that 81 per cent of middle-class families in Canada are paying higher federal income…

The Dead Horse Theory

This theory is sometimes referred to as “Government’s Political Correctness.” Here’s the predicament:   The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount, then get another horse.” However, in Government, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as: buying a stronger whip changing riders appointing a committee to study the horse arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included reclassifying the dead horse…

10 quotes on bureaucracy

You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing. – Thomas Sowell   Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. – Honore de Balzac   The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency. – Eugene J. McCarthy   Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work. – Albert Einstein   Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible. – Javier Pascual Salcedo   Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. – Franz Kafka   Any change is resisted because…

10 Proverbs for Our Elected Politicians

On this Canada’s budget day, a day when we can expect our federal government to find new ways to intrude into our daily lives and mess about in our future prospects, By George reprints this priceless and timeless list of proverbs for elected politicians – of all stripes, in every level of government.   Law is a necessary evil. Pass as few laws as possible, consistent with the demands of justice and the maintenance of order. Where custom is sufficient, there is no need for law. Do not pass laws that cannot, or will not, be enforced, for such breed…

Tax Me, I’m Canadian

“Tax Me, I’m Canadian” – this refrain from Canadian Taxpayers Foundation came to mind when the Fraser Institute released their study on what the average Canadian household budget looks like and where we spend our money. (It also came to mind when Justin Trudeau promised billions of dollars of infrastructure spending yesterday with no worries about running up multiple deficits and the national debt – but that’s another story for another time). Here’s the bottom line: the average Canadian family spends more on their taxes than on food, clothing and shelter combined. The study revealed, In 2014, the average Canadian…

WSJ: Provincial Debt Unsustainable

The sirens are now going off south of the border that Canada’s provincial governments (namely Ontario and Quebec) are spending beyond their means and endangering their future taxpayers to a mounting tax headache. Here is the Wall Street Journal’s news column: Canada’s Budget Watchdog Says Provincial Debt Unsustainable The WSJ writes: Canada’s budget watchdog Tuesday warned that the federal government’s push toward a budget balance masks a serious fiscal threat at the subnational level, where the country’s provincial governments are accumulating debt at an unsustainable pace. The Canadian provinces’ fiscal performance has deteriorated since the onset of the global financial…

Big Gov Stats

Public administration expert Donald Savoie calls ‘em as he sees ‘em. In a recent study he has published, Savoie views the federal public service as (ed. -get ready for this vivid imagery!!) – “a big whale that can’t swim.” The whale-like simile is on account of the federal government having too many management layers and oversight bodies and spending far too much time churning out performance and accountability reports. Fact: Canada’s public service has seven levels of executives. There are 6,500 executives at the first five levels (Ex 1-5) with associate deputy ministers and deputy ministers at the top of…

5 taxing memes

Here are five of By George’s favourite memes on the subject of taxes. Seriously, it is not a funny matter…   Join By George on Facebook and on Twitter for daily missives that are both provocative and entertaining.