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They’re All Such Liars!

Posted September 20, 2011 by jim young in Politics

– jim young

My sister is trying to convince me to vote in the next provincial election. Of course Gina wants me to vote for the party that she is voting for.

And while I have a great deal of respect for my sister’s opinions, I just have this great wall of indifference that I can’t seem to get over.

Maybe “indifference” really isn’t the word. It’s more a lack of trust of all politicians.

They’re all such liars. (See my article What If They Had An Election And Nobody Came?)

Just take a look at the Conservatives who recently won the federal election.

They are making good on their campaign promise to get tough on crime.

At least they say they are.

The Conservatives have just tabled their “Safe Streets and Communities Act” bill, which they expect to pass in the next 100 days. (Sitting days that is, not calendar days.)

Of course they haven’t been able to tell us how much it’s going to cost the Canadian TaxPayers.

Wait a minute! Isn’t that part of their job? Wasn’t there also a campaign promise to balance the budget in there somewhere? How can you balance a budget when you don’t even know what your expenses are?

But I digress.

Let’s take a look at some of the components of this new act that will supposedly get tough on crime.

Protecting Our Children
The SS&C Act will increase the minimum penalty from 14 to 90 days for sexual acts committed against a child. That’s a good thing, I guess.

A minimum of 60 days in jail (up from 45 days), however will be imposed upon those who commit a more serious sexual offence against a child.

Did I miss something here? 90 days for the less serious sexual act against a child and only 60 days for the more serious offense?

The War On Terrorism

When this new act passes, Canadian victims of terrorism will have the right to sue the terrorists OR their organisations. I feel safer already.

Because you know just how much those terrorists hate to part with their money. (I can only imagine how pissed the terrorists that flew those planes into the twin towers were when they had to buy return tickets for a one-way flight.)

I’m sure all terrorist plans against Canadians are already on hold.

And just knowing that I may have the opportunity to get my hands on some of Bin Laden’s money makes the threat of a terrorist act against my family seem almost worthwhile.

But there’s an added bonus to this plan. When the terrorists are sued and have to write that big old cheque to settle the lawsuit, the Canadian government will be able to get their address from the cheque and bring them to justice. Why didn’t Bush or Obama think of that?

Drug Dealers
Like the terrorists, the drug dealers must be shaking in their boots. A new law is in the works that will increase jail times for anyone who grows and sells marijuana.

Marijuana? Is that even still illegal?

Wouldn’t the money be better spent on getting crack-heads off crack and back on weed?

Victim’s Rights
The Conservative’s idea of getting tough on crime will give the victim the right to participate more in parole hearings and express their concerns on the impact of releasing the offender.

On the surface, this may seem like not such a bad thing.

My concern however, can be asked with one question, “Why is this even necessary?”

Shouldn’t those deciding on the eligibility of parole be doing their homework and already know this? Just what are they basing their decision to offer parole on?

This is not the way to fix the root problem. The root problem, simply put, is there are too many offences committed by those who were granted parole.

“If in doubt – throw the key out.”

Don’t put the onus on the victim to have to do what we already know is the right thing.

Human Trafficking
Soon a law will be in place that will give immigration officers the right to refuse work permits to applicants most likely to be exposed to sexual exploitation or human trafficking.

Of course the majority of these people will be women and low-skilled workers. You know – those who probably need it the most.

We’ll just send them back to their countries of origin where they can be subjected to sexual exploitation and human trafficking there.

HELLO????? How is that getting tough on the crime of sexual exploitation and human trafficking here in Canada?

House Arrest
The Safe Streets and Communities Act will soon make those who have been convicted of such crimes as causing bodily harm, use of a weapon while committing a crime or trafficking drugs ineligible for house arrest.

Can you imagine?

Wait a minute. That’s actually a pretty good idea! How did that one get in there?

But just as one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch, it takes more than 1 spoon of sugar to sweeten the lemonade.

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One Comment


    Yes, they are all liars, but, if one was to take lying out of the political equation, the economy would collapse. I think H.L. Mencken said it best:
    It is hard to belive a man is telling the truth when you know you would lie if you were in his place.

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