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Oddly Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump Agree on Taxation

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What struck me most about last night’s GOP candidates debate on CNN was not the usual bitching and sniping. Nor was it anything outrageous Donald Trump said. It was a comment made by current second-place Dr. Ben Carson about Trump regarding tax.

On the other hand Trump, a billionaire himself, prefers a weighted system that would see the wealthy pay a higher rate given they can afford it.

Carson is in favour of a flat rate tax system; whatever percentage is deemed appropriate is applied to billionaires and average folks just the same. For instance if the rate is 25%, a person who earns $4M a year would pay $1M in taxes and a person who makes $1,000 would pay $250.

On the other hand Trump, a billionaire himself, prefers a weighted system that would see the wealthy pay a higher rate given they can afford it.

This prompted Carson to say “That’s socialism”. I imagine Trump has been called many things in his life, but I have to think socialist is not among them. He may be fond of the broad strokes, and not so big on details (i.e. he claims that the day he is elected all the criminal illegal immigrants will be ‘gone’, but balks at explaining just how he is going to achieve this) but in this case he is using logic.

“… is to do what my opponents won’t: ask our wealthiest to pay more tax so our middle class can pay less”

Why this interested me is because we are in the midst of an election campaign of our own here in Canada. The Liberal Party of Canada, who are neck and neck and neck with the two other main parties in a very tight race, are running an interesting television ad. Party leader Justin Trudeau – son of the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau who Richard Nixon once called an asshole, leading Trudeau to comment “I’ve been called worse things by better people” – has been deemed “not ready” to be Prime Minister by the Conservative Party.  In the spot he states that what he is ready for “… is to do what my opponents won’t: ask our wealthiest to pay more tax so our middle class can pay less”.

There you have it, right up front. Make the rich pay. I think that if Trump gets the nomination, he might consider asking Truseau to be his running mate. Then again, with any luck Trudeau will be busy being Prime Minister of Canada by then.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Republican Hopefuls Trump and Walker: Wall to Wall Nonsense

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With no wall in place we obey the rules, so there is no need for a concrete structure.

Republican presidential candidate hopeful Donald Trump has said repeatedly that when elected he will erect a wall along the Mexico-US border. Not only will he have it installed, but Mexico will pay for the project. As is the case with most of his promises, Mr. Trump is a little sketchy on the details of just how he will get the Mexican Government to pay for the wall,  but don’t worry about that….

Is it possible Governor Walker is suggesting a wall be erected to protect an influx of Canadian brewers who might introduce alcohol to the process of brewing American beer?

Mr. Trump seems to have adopted the Frito Bandito approach to Mexico and Mexicans. In the sixties and seventies the Lays potato chip people marketed their Fritos corn chips with a cartoon character of what they evidently assumed was a typical Mexican; a bandito. The association of Mexican Americans finally succeeded in having the mascot changed.

But now fellow GOP hopeful, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has trumped Mr. Trump by suggesting a wall be constructed along the Canada-US border. That’s 5,525 miles, almost three times the length of the Mexico-US border which is 1,989 miles.

Before I continue let me go on the record as but one solitary Canadian and state that I’m not paying for any wall!!

Cross-border shopping is a multi-billion dollar – yep, that’s billion with B as in Boston – industry annually. Even with our small Canadian dollar many folks dash across the border (at the appropriate crossing points) to spend. We share the longest unprotected border in the world (although I imagine anyone who has been caught with an extra package of Freihofer’s Chocolate Chip cookies stashed in the trunk may argue the “unprotected” claim).

Governor Walker is a well-known union-buster. Could he be concerned that the leaders of Canada’s heavily unionized labor force will infiltrate the U.S.?

I believe that the vast majority of cross border shoppers enter and exit the U.S. at legal crossing points. No doubt with a border of such great length, there are some crossing at unmanned places. But what are they doing once they cross? Most likely buying gas. In an era when many borders are being erased, perhaps that would be the way to go here.

So I can’t help but wonder why Governor Walker would want to tamper with that flow of cash into his country, especially given his state’s location so close to the Canadian border?

Governor Walker is a well-known union-buster. Could he be concerned that the leaders of Canada’s heavily unionized labor force will infiltrate the U.S.? Does our way of life including socialized healthcare, grain pools and no-fault car insurance make him nervous?

The largest city in Wisconsin is Milwaukee; long a centre of beer brewing. Is it possible Governor Walker is suggesting a wall be erected to protect an influx of Canadian brewers who might introduce alcohol to the process of brewing American beer? What’s that you say? There already is alcohol in American beer? C’mon … you’re teasing!

Alas if Governor Walker is elected president and follows through on his plan may I suggest the wall be made of orange traffic cones. Anyone who has tried to get around a Canadian city during the summer knows that we have an abundance of these markers. Just string them out along the border. With no wall in place we obey the rules, so there really is no need for a concrete structure.

Me DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Donald Trump’s Support and Pork Chops

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For many Canadians watching US politics gives us an insight into the thinking of our southern neighbours. In comparison to us, the left-right continuum picks up much more to the right in the States. But nonetheless there are many similarities.

It’s safe to claim how you would vote, when there is no chance of actually voting for some while.

The current Donald J. Trump phenomenon is providing great entertainment, but it also brings to my mind a local occurrence. You are, of course, no doubt aware of Trump’s growing lead in the race to be the Republican nominee. I suspect you also familiar with his bombastic, over-the-top approach, shoot from the lip style. This seems to be striking a chord with many members of the electorate. At least for now, with the election a long way off.

Here in the Canadian province of Quebec there are those who long for a separate country. They would like to see the province declare independence from Canada. On two occasions we have had special votes – or referendums – on the issue and both times the independence-seeking side has been defeated.

An interesting observation is that when there is no referendum impending, no provincial election on the horizon, pollsters find that support for independence rises . It’s safe to claim how you would vote, when there is no chance of actually voting for some while.

Think of the old joke where a woman asks how much pork chops are and is told 79 cents a pound. She is taken aback and says that the store across the street sells them for 59 cents a pound. The butcher asks her why she doesn’t just buy them across the street.. To which she replies that they are all out of them The butcher then says “Oh I see … Well, if I didn’t have any pork chops they’d be 59 cents a pound too.” It’s easy to claim you would sell something that you don’t actually have for a very low price. You are safe. (Rain-checks aside …)

“Oh I see … Well, if I didn’t have any pork chops they’d be 59 cents a pound too.”

In telephone surveys and street corner interviews it is easy to express support for The Donald. But it is my belief that when push comes to shove, and the casting of votes takes place in primaries, Republican voters will choose a candidate based on logic, rather than sensationalism. Just my community service. In the meantime Mr. Trump provides much fodder for discussion and good old entertainment.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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