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NDP/Horgan Betray MAJOR Election Promise!

September 20th, 2017 · 51 Comments

Can’t wait to see how NDP supporters and spin doctors try to work their way out of this one!  A blatant cynical rape of MILLIONS OF taxpayers’ dollars … to be pumped from taxpayers right into the bank account of the NDP itself!

It totally breaks a MAJOR plank and promise of the NDP … the party of the people,  claiming to represent the poor, the working and middle classes … to get BIG corporate and union money out of BC politics and elections and funding of BC political parties … WITHOUT RAIDING THE hard-working taxpayers’ PUBLIC purse to do it.

They lied.

What the NDP did NOT tell us is they would replace those VOLUNTARY sources of BIG bucks pumped into BC’s political parties by a huge INVOLUNTARY tax grab from the citizenry.

Surely, transferring PUBLIC TAX money to political parties WITHOUT ANY PUBLIC APPROVAL  is worse than allowing those who  OPENLY WANT TO GIVE to do so.

In fact, Premier John Horgan SPECIFICALLY vowed during the election campaign that giving taxpayers’ money to political parties would NOT happen!

“What we propose is that Elections B.C. will look across the country and around the world at the best way to make sure that only individuals are paying for our political process and election process,” Horgan said during an interview on CHNL Kamloops.

The legislation introduced Monday by the NDP betrayed that promise on TWO counts: the taxpayer funding Horgan vowed would NOT be used IS in the Bill; and the Elections BC review Horgan vowed WOULD be set up was not.

So … over the next five years (at least) an estimated $28 MILLION pulled out of the public’s pockets, piggy banks and bank accounts to pay taxes we thought would fund education, health, day care, transportation, environmental works etc will instead be GIVEN by the NDP government to the NDP itself, as well as the Liberal  Party and even make instant millionaires out of their allies keeping the NDP in power, the Green Party as well. The size of each party’s public ripoff will be based on popular vote in the last election.


No wonder Horgan refused to take questions Monday at the announcement of the NDP government’s plan to go back on its word.  Pressed by reporters Tuesday, Horgan tried to explain the NDP repeated misleading of the public on the topic during the election campaign:

““I’m owning up to what I said before the campaign;  I don’t want you to think that I’m running away from this because I’m not,” said Horgan. “But it is not what you are making it out to be. This is a transition fund and will be gone at the end of this mandate.”

Ooooh! It’s a “transition fund”!

Diverting PUBLIC TAX FUNDS into party bank accounts for up to FIVE YEARS??????

Some “transition” period!

No doubt they’ll announce a “promise” to end of it just before the NEXT election.

And they wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

Harv Oberfeld

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Corporate Polluters and Climate Change Deniers HELP Kill Us and Destroy Our Communities

September 18th, 2017 · 50 Comments

Watching the horrible and tragic destruction that Hurricane Irma wrought on Florida … and the widespread ruination caused by Hurrican Harvey only weeks earlier …. I couldn’t help but wonder HOW MANY of the victims had applauded as President Donald Trump announced plans to revive the coal industry and withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement?

No schadenfreude … just curiosity.

It’s about time people started keeping it real … and realized that WE THE PEOPLE ARE contributing to the climate change that is destroying our planet with increasing frequency and magnified intensity.

It is not just the U.S. that has been affected by SEVERE climate deterioration :  much of the Caribbean was also devastated by Irma; monsoons and typhoons in Asia have been getting more violent than ever … killing and ravaging hundreds of defenceless poverty-stricken communities; flooding and forest fires in Europe have been getting worse every year; and more and more people and whole communities in British Columbia have endured record losses, horrors and life-changing suffering …. worse than ever before.

At some point, WE … and the people we ELECT …. MUST start realizing none of this will get better … unless we do!

And as a start … look at the death tolls: 70 killed by Hurricane Harvey; 12 by Irma; 44 more in the Caribbean …so far, and counting.  But that’s minor, compared to the estimated 1,400 dead from Southeast Asia’s monsoon season this year alone.

Then look at the dollar figures in assessing the damages: $100 Billion in Florida from Irma alone; $190 Billion from Harvey.

Again, the Caribbean fared even worse:

“Anguilla, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin / St. Maarten, the US Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos were hardest hit, with up to 99% of structures at least partly damaged.,” according to CNN.

In BC, we’ve spent $500 Million so far to fight forest fires this year alone … and how can we even begin assessing the human costs … in terms of lost homes, businesses … entire communities literally having to pick up the pieces of their lives and start all over.

And yet, far too many corporate polluters, climate science deniers and their puppet politicians DARE to claim NO RESPONSIBILITY for what has been happening around us and to us for decades now … even though it IS getting worse every year!

ALL in the interest of making MORE PROFIT for themselves, their bottom line and for their shareholders … the world literally be DAMNED.

Of course, none of this is to blame man … or corporate pollution … for ALL that nature is undergoing … and has been undergoing … over the past few decades.

BUT let’s keep it real: ANYTHING that leads to increasing carbon dioxide emissions in the world is contributing to climate change.

Scientists estimate 90% of the extra heat generated through man’s production of carbon dioxide (produced by deforestation as well as the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas)   ends up warming the oceans,  fuelling more storms and hurricanes, accelerating the melting of the ice caps, producing rising sea levels and more and wilder storm surges.

Denying the reality … and man’s contributing to it … just for the sake of stuffing more money into investors’ and executives’ pockets, is a disgrace.

And those who do that … and back or applaud politicians who do that … now literally have blood on their hands.

Harv Oberfeld

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