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The Middle Class, an open letter to Tom Mulcair (and whomever else may be listening)

Dear Tom Mulcair.
     Please stop worrying about the middle class.  Let Trudeau and Harper get mired in that bullshit argument.
     Want a Big Idea?  Announce a plan to eliminate poverty.  Create a middle class.  It’s easy.  I’m not even an economist and I can tell you how its done.
     Remember the Mincome experiment in Dauphin, Manitoba in the 1970’s?  You would plan to do that, on a national scale and you would raise the money by taxing Banks, Corporations and the very rich.
      The research has finally been released and you will find that improvements to public health caused lower emergency care costs and higher rates of education as children opted to stay in school.  Policing costs would also drop as fewer people resort to crime when they can afford basic necessities.
     The overall economy would improve as more people could afford to support the small businesses that employ the most people.  Local economies would begin to thrive again as the intense pressure to stretch every dollar relaxed into an environment of achieving quality in our way of life.  The need for charity and food banks would gradually disappear, freeing up yet more financial capital to invest in our creative capital.
     It’s not rocket science Tom.  If you want to come to the table, bring a bigger idea than the lightweights who spout talking points about a mythical “class” they both are responsible for the demise of.
     Ironically, the mincome project was started the same year that Trudeau Sr. gutted the Bank of Canada in his revision to the Banking Act.  Pretty much killed the progession of the middle class right there.  It’s flatlined ever since, as the National Debt has accrued to the Charter Banks.  Watch a very good explanation of that here.  Bill Abrams, rest his soul.
     So, yeah, you’d also want to change the Bank Act, to restore the ability of the Bank of Canada to create currency to fund infrastructure at all three levels of Government, for a small, nominal rate of interest.
You’re welcome.

6 comments to The Middle Class, an open letter to Tom Mulcair (and whomever else may be listening)

  • Kev

    While I believe we need increased taxation in the areas you highlight, I’m not sure we’ll need to do so for a Guaranteed Livable Income. If the provinces can be brought on board there will be huge efficiencies to be realized as we roll the myriad of income support programs into one delivered through a negative income tax as the Mincome was, if not to fully cover the cost but at least come close.

  • SD

    I agree with your comments.

    The only thing I will add is that Tom Mulcair still needs to target his comments at a particular group of voters. Middle income (likely to vote)? Lower income (less likely to vote)?

    SD Reply:

    I will add that Tom Mulcair should learn from any success for failure by Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath in attempting to reach out to “middle class” voters by moving the party to the right of the Ontario Liberals.

  • Kim

    Thanks for your comments. I will be away for the weekend, so hopefully CK will approve any additional comments. Keep them coming! Do you have a Big Idea for Mulcair to bring to the table?

  • adanac

    Corporations do not want a middle class, they want a huge cheap labor pool. Harper has been bringing foreign workers over for the corporations to exploit. That is why Harper is getting rid of Unions, to get rid of the middle class. Unions keep wages much too high, for the corporations and Harper.

    I believe in Mulcair’s intelligence. Many Canadians were impressed with Mulcair in Parliament when, he caught Harper in several lies regarding, the expense scandal. However, Mulcair is up against a monster who, will use every dirty tactic in the book, to stay in office. Lies, deceit, thefts, corruptions and cheating to win is Harper’s mantra.

    Mulcair needs to be more visible, to the people in the west. As we say, the BC Liberals are Harper’s satellite party. BC is also a cesspool of corruption. The BC NDP have very good candidates running for the NDP leadership. Horgan seems to be a favorite. Hopefully Mulcair will work with the new BC NDP leader.

    Under Harper’s corrupt dictatorship, this country is in ruin.

  • ive been saying this for years its my belief that the c,c,f, the foreruner to n.d.p. deleloped the winnepeg manafesto in 1935 whick had the forsite to battle the corporate control that runs stephen harper by the nose all i ask is you ask yourselves if your better off than you were in 1991 was when there was alittle more equality i can tell you personaly my out go is more than my income