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Lefty Mayor caught maskless but it’s ok: “I was feelin’ the spirit!”

National Review — Another article you won't read in 99% of the "news" media because, oh do I even have to say it?... she's a lefty mayor! (and we can well imagine the "news" media's faux outrage if she was a he and he was a Republican):

The mayor of San Francisco [London Breed] says that she shouldn’t be criticized for breaking her own COVID rules, because, and I quote, “I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.” CBS reports:

“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” said Breed during an interview to address the controversy.

The city’s health order states attendees at live indoor performances must remain masked except when actively eating or drinking. Breed maintained that she was drinking at the time.

“My drink was sitting at the table,” said Breed. “I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.”
As Charles C.W. Cooke points out, the hideousness doesn't stop just at her hypocrisy, her failure to take responsibility for her own actions, or her elitist rule-breaking, it's the fact that she laments the notion of "the fun police," when, in fact, as mayor and as the perpetrator of these asinine rules, she IS "the fun police."

Best post-election headline so far

Wall Street Journal — They get the headline just about right: Their opener:

The late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher counseled that in politics “standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous. You get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.” That’s the lesson delivered to Canada’s Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole in Monday’s national election.

I like that they added this because Canadian "news" media are loathed to mention it:

Yet while they again won the popular vote, they finished a distant second in seat count with about 119, two seats down from 2019. (By the way, the Tories have won the popular vote in five of the last six elections, which is a lesson for Americans who think this only happens because of the Electoral College.)

They see what I see. O'Toole: Speaking in pale pastels — largely pink — instead of bold colors. Lesson #596 for the Conservative Party of Canada. They'll learn someday. Maybe.
Read the WSJ take here. (Free link)

BC’s NDP gov and their “news” media divisions hiding stats and facts? Here’s one. For all the noise from the Canadian national "news" media, you'd think Ontario was the only province in the country, and that it's doing terribly with regard to the Wuhan Virus (which everybody still calls "COVID" on orders from the Communist Party of China). That's not news to anyone outside of Ontario. What might be news to people both outside and inside of Ontario is that BC's rate of death is nearly twice that of Ontario.
Don't worry lefties, even people in BC don't know that, because the "news" media in BC are actually cheerleaders for the NDP government of BC — much as the national news media is actually a division of the federal Liberal Party (well and the Ontario Liberal Party of course). Ontario is led by a party with the word "Conservative" in it, even though "Progressive" is the first and foremost word and concept in their party name and style of governance. But, you know, it's just deathn shit. Politics is way more important to the "news" media.
Facts. Get 'em anywhere you can, because you can't reliably get them from the "news" media.
See also:
And from liberalvision CTV: Secrecy over B.C.'s true number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients

“The government beat the citizens! Yay!” —an elitist Canadian socialist

The Liberal Party's very own state-owned CBC's "news" (hahahahaha)...

The objective left on the regressive left

Writing beautifully about the racist and discriminatory plight of...

Take a Hint, Canada.

Yahoo News — Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag resigned on Thursday after parliament formally condemned her handling of the Afghanistan evacuation crisis.
Too bad Canada doesn't have a Parliament. Or a news media.

Canada Excluded From International China Security Pact

Globe and Mail Dismissed by Justin Trudeau as merely a crass American salesman's move to pawn off the latest high-tech US-built nuclear subs to what we have to therefore assume he thinks are the total idiot Aussies, the three-nation deal didn't even include Canada in the talks leading up to the historic pact. And after Trudeau's comments on the matter (and the aforementioned attitude toward the Aussies), you can understand why.
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday played down Canada’s exclusion from the Indo-Pacific security deal, saying it is merely a way for the U.S. to sell nuclear submarines to Australia ... “This is a deal for nuclear submarines, which Canada is not currently or any time soon in the market for. Australia is.”"
In a clear indication that even Trudeau's political bro Joe Biden doesn't actually take him or Canada seriously anymore (forcing one to wonder if his high-fivin' bro Barack Obama doesn't also come off as a bit two-faced after Obama gave Trudeau a campaign "endorsement" this week), even Canadian officials were left in the dark. Almost like Canada can't even be trusted anymore on any level.

"Three officials, representing Canada’s foreign affairs, intelligence and defence departments, told The Globe and Mail that Ottawa was not consulted about the pact, and had no idea the trilateral security announcement was coming until it was made on Wednesday by U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison."

Trudeau, in contrast, delayed Canada's Wuhan Virus immunization program by signing a deal not with the Americans or Brits, but with... CHINA, for vaccines, in what turned out to be a total failure with countless Canadian lives lost as a result. What is going on here?

And the science SAYSSS…

National Post —Move over Donald Trump. In their NP Platformed email available to subscribers, columnist Sabrina Maddeaux calmly explains that Justin Trudeau's recent uncontrolled angry outbursts — one at a citizen who was rude, and one at a reporter who dared challenge him with actual reporter-like questions — provides a clue as to his baser instincts. And if you saw these outbursts, you'd agree, it isn't a good look for him or any normal human. But moreover, it's a terrible look for anyone claiming the title of Prime Minister. But it's this new line of anti-science, pure crass political campaign bullshit that has me riled:
"...At a weekend rally in Oakville, Ont., Trudeau revealed his hand when he claimed that, “If you want this pandemic to end, go out and vote Liberal.” He repeated the message again, even turning it up a notch, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, saying, “If you want this pandemic to end for good, go out and vote Liberal!”
"This is the ultimate false promise by a politician who’s become infamous for making false promises. No one can guarantee he will be able to end the pandemic. In fact, the expert consensus seems to be that there will be no real end to it: the virus will become endemic and we will be forced to live with it, albeit hopefully more normally. ..."
So it's "follow the science," and "the science says... to vote Liberal”? Many, especially the media, would dismiss "bible belt" politicians who insinuated that "God wants you to vote [whatever way].  This blowhard — and his disciples — should be treated no differently.

The Article

The demands on city services and the need for investment in a wide range of areas exceed the capacity of property taxes to pay for them.”

You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a quote from Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, but no, it’s about Toronto (although Maduro may well end up there as his chosen refuge — and he’d be welcomed by many).

They don’t actually quote Maduro in this “news” story, but they do quote the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The “news report” is written-up today in their Toronto Star, complete with a reader poll (see below) which — at least up to now — is going very badly for Team Leftist. I love it when this happens.

The Star “reports” to us that the economists from the very Venezuelan Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) advocates adding a two percent sales tax in Toronto in order to raise even more government cash. Note that it’s not raising taxes by “just” two percent — it’s adding another 2% onto the existing 13% harmonized sales tax. That’s raising sales taxes by 15.4%, just to be clear, which the Star most definitely made the editorial decision not to be (although if you read the full report by the CCPA, they do spell that out — they’re rather proud of their position!).

And it’s all utter ideological stupidity.

Let’s start at the beginning, by which I do not mean Karl Marx. Or maybe I do. The activists advocating this additional new tax is as I said, the CCPA, where, as I like to say, the “Policy Alternative” they speak of is socialism — as an “Alternative” to free markets, or as I like to call it, freedom. They should call themselves the Canadian Center for Socialism Advocacy. Or the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Party — AOCP.

So there’s that.

The life-improving plan from the CCPA is “…piggybacking one or two percentage points on top of the 13-per-cent harmonized sales tax…” in Toronto. But it also to give tax credits to those who are of “low income.” Depending on what we mean by “low income,” a huge percentage of people in this country pay practically no tax, whatsoever. The CCPA advocates for this redistribution of income and assets.

Even if taxpayers weren’t already overburdened, CCPA economics is badly flawed — no less so than the economics in Venezuela, which, in case you didn’t get the memo, hasn’t quite got the socialism right yet. (We are told this about every socialist or communist nation as they fail and their people die of starvation). Here’s one of the million — or I should say billion — ways they’re wrong:

“A two-per-cent sales tax in the city of Toronto would raise a billion dollars (a year) and a one-per-cent sales tax would raise half a billion dollars,” said study co-author Sheila Block.

Yeah, that’s wrong. Hugo Chavez wrong.

If one percent raises a half billion, and two percent raises a billion, where is the limit to this reasoning? Why stop there? If higher taxes raise an almost exactly proportionately higher revenue, then why not make it ten percent, and raise exactly five times the moolah?!

The reason is clear, at least among any non-socialist economist or, say, any random plumber or farmer or shop-keeper: raising taxes or costs of any kind actually produces a rapidly diminishing return, not an increase. This has been proven time and again, not only in all the failed socialist countries (still on track for a 100% global failure rate), but also in capitalist — or what I like to call free — countries.

The opposite is what works favorably. For more reading on this see the Laffer Curve theory, which always includes information such as this:

The theory later became a cornerstone of President Ronald Reagan’s economic policy, which resulted in one of the biggest tax cuts in history. During his time in office, tax revenues received by the government increased from $517 billion in 1980 to $909 billion in 1988.

Raising taxes has been shown to reduce revenues. Raising costs inhibits purchases, which is ostensibly why enormous “sin” taxes on alcohol and now pot, and cigarettes, and gasoline, and carbon, and a rapidly growing list of things, are invoked by governments. While tax cuts alone aren’t the solution to everything, this point is, and has been, proven over and over.

And taxpayers agree. But taxpayers shmaxpayers! Or as they say in luxurious Venezuelan government salons over shrimp cocktails while their citizens can’t buy toilet paper, “los contribuyentes van al infierno.”

Toronto Star & Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives poll goes poorly for them.
Toronto Star & Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives poll goes poorly for them.

The crack investigative team of journalists at the Star found not one single person on planet Earth who disagreed with any of this CCPA hooey. Quote after quote from the report authors, and from head-nodders, but not a single thought from anyone who disagrees. So everyone agrees, they would have you believe! Fake news much? Yes. Much.

But if, like the people of Toronto who voted in this poll, you thought the people of Toronto were reaching a breaking point in terms of the high-tax strategy that’s been growing, year after year, it’s lost on the socialist economist who co-authored the report. She says, and I quote, “The city of Toronto is reaching a breaking point in terms of a low-tax strategy.”

Holy outoftouch. But just in case you’re thinking of leaving to escape Venezronto. To wit:

Similarly, concerns about border issues—that businesses or consumers might go elsewhere to escape a sales tax—can be addressed as well. A city could set the rate at a low level and a regional sales tax would mean everyone buys in.

“Buys in.” By force. So nobody can “escape.” ¡Viva maduro y Venezuela!

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