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  1. When I was living up in northwest B.C. I had a log house that took a lot of natural gas to heat. Carbon tax on natural gas was about $200 a year Carbon tax on auto gas was about $100 a year. So both those things were about $300 a year in carbon taxes. I don't agree with your premise that because I had a log house and had to pay more to heat, I should pay more carbon taxes. I am a senior and already paid too much for heating. The government doesn't care. It's a show. I don't agree with the reasoning that people who drive more should pay more carbon taxes either. Lots of people live in northern parts of B.C. and must drive hundreds of kilometres for various reasons. Some people have pickup trucks and work in the logging or mining and must drive great distances. People owned their homes and lived where they lived long before the carbon tax was brought in. They had no choice. I had my log house long before the carbon tax was brought in. Sold it and moved down south. The person that bought it must now pay the high carbon taxes. People that need to see specialists often have to travel to another town hundreds of kilomtres away. I don't agree with the premise that we are causing global warming anyway and I don't agree that some people in B.C. should have had to pay several thousand dollars in carbon taxes while the rest of the world pays nothing. It's not fair and it's a scam. It won't make one iota of difference to climate change. One big volcanic eruption or one big forest fire would probably emit more CO2 than all the cars in B.C. for a year.
  2. "Revenue-neutral" is political bafflegab. There may have been a small general tax reduction sometime in the past eight years, but that doesn't mean the carbon tax is revenue neutral to those who paid it. The fact is most of the carbon tax is paid by a relatively small segment of taxpayers. I paid about $2100 in the past seven years on natural gas home heating and auto gas. People who live in apartments and do little or no driving or ride rapid transit pay little carbon taxes. People who heat their homes with electricity or wood stoves pay no carbon taxes on that. People who live in rural areas and must drive great distances pay more carbon taxes than people who don't need to drive much. It is a discriminatory tax and hits certain people. The minor tax cut would have been general and everyone is the province would have received it, including those who pay little or no carbon taxes. So is that 'revenue-neutral"? Of course not. I would have received very little if anything back from the $2100 I paid. Most of it went to everyone else in the province who didn't deserve it. That's how politicians think.
  3. Trump is elected President. Why keep on harping about him? Accept he won and democrats lost. It's over. Give the man a chance. Isn't that how democracy works?
  4. I paid $2100 in direct carbon taxes in the last eight years in B.C. but I know there are many of you who like Chong and are dying to pay carbon taxes but haven't had the chance yet. I have a suggestion for you. If you and others would prefer Chong because you believe in your heart that man-made climage change is not a fraud, why don't you open your wallet and send the B.C. government (who charges carbon taxes) $2000 and mark it carbon tax gift. I am sure they will love you for it and maybe even send you an official certificate.
  5. The supreme court might approve the travel ban. If a federal government cannot control who enters the country, then you really have a problem.
  6. Just ask any of the border guards patrolling the U.S. with Mexico if they think a wall would be helpful. They are catching illegals every day. Of course lots get through. A good wall will make it far more difficult to get through. Make it a high enough wall nobody can climb over with high tech equipment everywhere. Make it so difficult it won't be worth trying. The U.S. is in a tough geographical area with hordes of economic migrants and drug mules trying to get into the U.S because their countries are so poor and corrupt in central and south America. The situation is never going to change. The wall is the only realistic solution. The U.S. cannot take care of whole world as some seem to think.
  7. Chong is out of sync with all other 13 conservative candidates. I doubt he has much support in the party. I don't think he has much chance. There has to be a difference between parties. If one wants to pay carbon taxes, they can vote for a Liberal or NDP. I think most Conservatives are generally against taxes to begin with. so it is important to have someone who opposes carbon taxes, not support them.
  8. Google ten reasons man-made climate change is a hoax. Thousands of scientists oppose the theory. I paid $2100 in the past seven years on carbon taxes. It hits come people while others pay little or nothing.
  9. He is standing up for America, not giving away the country. The wall will create lots of jobs and keep out lots of criminals. China built the great wall, a good example to keep out the barbarian hordes. Trump will do the same.
  10. Chong is half Liberal half Conservative. Why would a true conservative vote for someone who wants to put carbon taxes on us. Not everyone falls for the man-made climate change hoax. I won't vote for O'Leary either. Where has he been all along. He suddenly appears and want to be leader. We don't even know what he stands for. I think he is a risky choice. I support Kelly Leitch because she has not wavered on her stand. She is against carbon taxes and supports an immigrant interviewing process for everyone. It's a good plan. She is very stable and trustworthy.
  11. I don't believe all those allegations about Trump. I don't consider Trump as a criminal. He has made good promises and is doing what he can, although he is up against a lot of obstacles in the system, like sanctuary cities, courts that don't respect federal authority to control who comes into the country, etc. Clinton would do nothing. The Obama administration had done little or nothing about all the illegals who have committed crimes. Obama and Clinton wanted to bring in large numbers of refugees that could include radicals that could further endanger America. Trump wants to bring back thousands of jobs that have fled to Mexico and China. This appeals to a lot of people more than all the questionable claims about Trump's character. Clinton would have been just more of the same, i.e. cutting jobs in the energy sector to fight climate change and give more money to the UN to promote globalism.
  12. What difference does it make if Trump was once not opposed to abortion if he is opposed to it now. He said in the campaign he is opposed to abortion. That what matters on that issue. People change and he evidently did. Didn't he cut funding to a big abortion organization? He appointed a judge who might be pro life. I didn't say I agree with every single thing he said. Nobody is perfect. I much prefer him to Clinton who I don't trust. The thing is the main platform of Trump I strongly agree with. I think I already listed them earlier. That is what matters, not some comment he made or didn't make or something in his personal life. The big things are the policies that will actually make a difference and make America a better and safer place. The spillover effect of some of his policies could benefit Canada as well. Maybe he will be able to deport a lot of criminals. Maybe he will be able to make an impact on the flow of illegal drugs and criminals from Mexico. Clinton was not willing to do anything. Useless. Yes there are hard core christians who are opposed to any divorce. It is pharisaical. People like to put other people down to try to make themselves look good. They should read Luke 17 or 18 about the pharisee and the publican. All are sinners. Trump is probably no bigger a sinner than most people. Some people's sins are in secret; others are open for all to see. Again it has nothing to do with policies and governing for the most part.
  13. Judging Trump by his personal behavior has nothing to do with his policies and how he will govern. Lots of people have divorces and often there are good reasons for it. Women (or men) who are abused should get divorced. Abuse of all kinds is prevalent in the world; many people should get out. Staying in marriage when there is abuse is contributing to the abuse. It is pharisaical to judge divorced people. You do not know them or their circumstances. Supporting Hillary and the democrats which endorse and defend abortion (8 million abortions in a short number of years) and being judgmental about Trump's personal life is very Pharisaical and hypocritical. Hillary also attacked the women whom Bill Clinton assaulted.
  14. The health care system in Canada is already having a lot of trouble. Many people are sucking more out of it than they should with unnecessary doctor's visits for every cough and cut. In fact it most towns it is difficult for a person to get a personal doctor. The waiting time for some specialists and procedures is also excessively long. You can wait a year or year and a half to see an orthopedic surgeon. You can wait many hours in an emergency room to see a doctor. You can be put on a bed in a hallway or storage room in a hospital because of overcrowding in some places.
  15. We are in trouble if a lot of Canadians think it is a crime to tear up a religious book. Freedom (including freedom to offend) is a tenuous thing and will only exist as long as people are prepared to defend it. There are a lot of left wing freedom justice warriors in Canada who think nobody should be able to legally "offend" anyone else. They are on the warpath. Watch out.
  16. Perhaps calling Trump the devil is hate speech or more likely just a complete mis-characterization of the man. Trump has his accusers but he denied all the allegations and said he had mis-spoke. Whether he groped some women 10 or 20 years ago I don't know. Some of his accusers were associated with the democratic party. The point is his alleged behavior has no bearing on his electoral promises. His personal behavior, whatever it was, do not define the policies he has talked about and which are the things which will have a major impact on America and as many believe, make America safe. Things such as protecting America from Islamic terrorists, deporting illegal aliens who are criminals or suspected criminals, building the wall, changing Obamacare, reducing taxes, strengthening the military, bringing jobs and companies back to America and stopping the draining of companies and jobs to Mexico and China. These promises appealed to a wide swath of Americans who distrusted Clinton and believed she would do nothing and just continue more of the same. That's basically why people who supported him were not going to be convinced to vote based on allegations against his personal life. They wanted someone who promised to go in and shake up the establishment and make some major changes.
  17. Here's a link which lists the violent protests by the left in recent years. http://www.dailywire.com/news/13228/here-are-all-left-wing-violent-protests-over-past-aaron-bandler Quote The left has a bad habit of allowing their protests to descend into rioting and violence, particularly over the last several years. Whether it's a police shooting or just being angry about the democratic election of President Donald Trump, destructive riots seem to have become the status quo for the left's "demonstrations." Here are all the leftist violent protests and riots that have occurred over the past several years. The protests following the Oscar Grant shooting. In 2009, a police officer for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) shot Grant as he was being detained, later claiming that he thought he was firing his taser. Since the shooting involved cop and a black victim, protests ensued in Oakland, CA. The protests quickly disintegrated into rioting and looting. Occupy Wall Street. The left-wing movement in 2011 spawned numerous sexual assaults, rapes, destruction of property and all kinds other shocking and nonsensical violence. The riots in Oakland and Los Angeles after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the Trayvon Martin shooting. In Oakland, the protesters were chucking bottles and rocks at police officers and attacked a reporter, photographer and TV cameraman. They also slowed down traffic. In Los Angeles, numerous protesters vandalized cars and businesses as well as assaulted people on the street. Unquote
  18. That wasn't created by the U.S. the jihad terrorists have been at it for about 1300 years.
  19. Actually I did read your quote from Blum. But I don't believe all the propaganda you have fallen for. If you believe 9-11 was a conspiracy by the U.S. government, I don't see how we can even get past 1st base or get agreement on anything. It just baffles me why you believe all that stuff. There must be something you're not telling as to why you believe that conspiracy stuff. Each to his own I guess. I think I guessed correctly the other day that you are a young idealist. Probably in university and maybe influenced by other leftist professors or students. Shame that one gets that from a university professor, which should be neutral and not teaching left wing politics and anti west stuff. I bet you like the NDP Leap Manifesto. What do you think is the solution to all the evil U.S. imperialism?
  20. The U.S. system which you dislike has also rescued people being held hostage by evil groups in different parts of the world by using their highly trained special ops. This is an elite group of specially trained military men who are dropped in to an place in the world to rescue people or remove dictators who are brutally oppressing their people. One is example was Noriega in Panama. Special ops landed and eventually arrested Noriega. When Iran took over 100 people hostage for 400 days, they tried to rescue them in 1980 after the Ayatollah came to power in the revolution in 1979. The rescue did not succeed because of a helicopter failure. The hostages were released a day or two after Reagan was sworn in as President. They did not pay attention to Carter who was too weak. A strong president made a big difference.
  21. Communism/marxism is a failed system. It deprives it's people of basic human rights. Certain people in positions of power help themselves. It is anti-democratic and a totalitarian system that has brought poverty and misery where it has been tried. The capitalist system has brought prosperity and a good living to the middle class in western countries.
  22. Actually international communism was a reality and a threat during the cold war era. Examples are Cuba, some countries in central America where revolutionaries were fighting. Places like El Salvador, Other places where communists were trying to spread were Vietnam, Cambodia, possibly Laos, and in Africa, Angola. Cuba sent communist troops to fight in Angola. Cuba also brought in missiles in 1961 and precipitated the Cuban missile crisis which put the world on the brink of nuclear war with the USSR. It was averted at the last minute by Gorbachev and President John F Kennedy. Cooler heads prevailed.
  23. Just reported on CTV news. A pro Trump demonstration in California was met with anti-Trump supporters, several of whom used pepper spray against Trump supporters causing a riot and physical confrontation. Several people were arrested. Why is it the liberal anti-Trump people have to resort to illegal, violent confrontations?
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