I'm happy to picture the honeymoon glow for a new Conservative leader just as the next federal election arrives. More voters are swayed by the personal than policy.
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|Best PM in my lifetime.|
1. 5% flat income tax for people and businesses inside a designated freedom zone.Why do people have to be desperate before they give up folly and why do they try last what will solve a problem? We had an example this week where the White House screwed up management of Obamacare's Coming Out party and after a month of agony hired six skilled business people. Now they're advertising the site is being fixed "with private sector velocity and effectiveness". That should have been first not last.
2. Reduced payroll tax in the zone.
3. Education vouchers for parents in the zone to choose their kids' school.
4. A stop to EPA air quality penalties inside the zone.
5. Exemption from union-wage-only laws for government work done inside the zone.
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Louis of Cambridge with fans.
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energy neutrino ever detected.
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Seattle City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant told Boeing machinists her idea of a radical option, should their jobs be moved out of state. “The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” Sawant announced to a cheering crowd of union supporters in Seattle’s Westlake Park Monday night. … On Monday night, she spoke to supporters of Boeing Machinists, six days after they rejected a contract guaranteeing jobs in Everett building the new 777X airliner for eight years, in exchange for new workers giving up their guaranteed company pensions. (Kiro TV report, h/t Hot Air)
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“When Senator Kerr died, he had two million in cash in his safe. He had Neil Curry take $100,000 of his money and give it to Congressman Kirwan to let his water bill go through. And he gave Jennings Randolph $100,000. That is why Jennings cast that vote. So he knew how to buy votes. But I loved him. Let me tell you, if he was not dead, I would never be talking to you.”
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"None can opt out without penalty, and the rates are double or triple, depending upon the plan. ... Our 750k for 250 employees is going to $2 million per year for 600 employees. Our employees share of the premium goes from $7/week for the cheapest plan to $30/week … The cheapest plan now has a deductible of $6350! Before it was $150. …Here is the craziest part. Employees who qualify for mediCAL (the California version of Medicare), which is most of my employees, will automatically be enrolled in the Federal SNAP program. They cannot opt out. They cannot decline. They will be automatically enrolled in the Federal food stamp program based upon their level of Obamacare qualification. Remember, these people work full time, living in a small town in California. They are not seeking assistance. It all seems like a joke". Reported from comments at Zero Hedge.Added: The Republicans would be a better choice, but if they have to fight hard to win those seats, better policies will prevail.
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If the mayor is supposed to be down and out, the crowds of people who ran across him Sunday did not receive the memo. They can strip him of his power at city council but that clearly did not affect his popularity among the fans at Sunday's Argos game."Flawed" may be too sweet a word for his character. Some is downright ugly. But I like him and trust him more than the Minnan-Wongs who think they are analyzing the mayor's civic policy by saying, "He used the p word in a very derogatory way".
With the kind of pandemonium surrounding the mayor as he entered and exited the stadium, you would think the Boatmen had pulled out the win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. But what should have been a sombre exit for fans, ended up being a raucous parade for an embattled, world-famous politician.
"Rob Ford, Rob Ford, Rob Ford," chanted the mob which -- with the help of Rogers Centre security and Toronto Police -- ushered the mayor out into his famous Black Escalade.
The atmosphere around the mayor was rabid. In fact, it was a frenzy.
In 22 years of covering the biggest stars who come to Toronto, I have never seen any other human receive this kind of adulation and spirited veneration.
Pure adulation. Adoration. Lionization.
Sorry anti-Ford Nation, or the 42 other members of city council and those lining up to run for mayor, but that's what happened.
If it changes, I will let you know.
Why would I rate Ford as good? Forget about his personal life for a moment and look only at his public record: he eliminated the car tax, eliminated the plastic bag tax, he balanced the budget, he privatized half of Toronto’s garbage collection, he took many steps to clean up the corruption at Metro Housing caused by Miller’s cronies, and he browbeat a Scarborough Subway extension out of the subway-hating Ontario Liberals. Which other mayor can match this record?
Up at the Rogers Centre in a public lot, Ford paid the parking machine and then headed into the game. Walking in with him is what it must have been like for Elvis and the Beatles. I swear to God. It was insane.
He could not get in the door and once he did, he posed for hundreds of more pictures and signed dozens of autographs. People were actually telling him to not change.
"I love Rob Ford," Paul Reid said. "He is one of us."
"He's human and made some mistakes," added Tom Miras. "We have all done that.""I would vote for him again for sure," Andy Michalik said.