Thursday, March 24, 2011

Good reading

I want to remind readers again to add The Sixth Estate to your regular reading. It is informative, logical and delightful. Recent examples:

March 23, 2011
Seriously. What is with this array of pundits and chatterers who oppose elections in Canada? And on the bogus grounds that they’re worried about cost, no less?

I have an idea. Suspend the implementation of the Harper corporate tax cuts for one month. That will
pay for the election.
March 23, 2011
"I was going to take an in-depth look at the new Harper Government™ budget, but I don’t think I’ll bother, since it’s almost a dead letter already anyways.

Except to point out that the piffling new tax breaks ($450 for firefighters, $2 a day for the poorest seniors, and $75 for children in arts programs) are not only less than the $6 billion corporate tax cut which has been scrupulously scrubbed from the pages of the budget announcement, but also less than what the Harper Government™ blew on its two-day G8-G20 lovefest in Toronto last year.
The Sixth Estate also provides an occasional reading list with gems like this:
  • Conservative aide turned green energy astroturfer Bruce Carson is gone, gone, gone (see BigCityLib and Politics and its Discontents). I like to think I played some small role in this, although in truth the heavy lifting was done by APTN.
  • A new Frontier Centre for Public Policy study recommends the Harper Government™ claw back its targeted “boutique” tax cuts for public transit, children’s fitness, and students, somehow managing to lump the first and third of these into the “middle class.” The Frontier Centre is mostly funded by wealthy corporation owners via private foundations, so it’s unsurprising that it doesn’t point out how much money we could save by ending the charity status of think tanks.[emphasis added]
  • Quite coincidentally, no doubt, the C.D. Howe Institute has also published a tax analysis, arguing that raising corporate taxes won’t work, either, and instead calling for an increase in sales taxes. The Howe Institute is also funded predominantly by corporations who oppose corporate tax increases.
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