Friday, March 13, 2009

When did Calgary become a Socialist city?

Having been born and raised in Calgary ( which is a pretty rare thing in this town) I have seen many changes over the years. Calgary has always been a maverick, free enterprise based, conservative city. That said, I can't seem to grasp when the socialist movement actually took hold here? Perhaps it started with the election of our Mayor, Dave Bronconnier? Surely it has spread with the election of failed NDP candidate Brian Pincott and the new crop of Alderman from 2007. It is being fueled by socialist community groups like Vibrant Communities Calgary. I just hope that it won't last past 2010.
Calgary's latest Socialist intervention happened this week, with he debate over instituting a "Living Wage" Policy for City of Calgary employees and contract workers. The city admits that almost all of their employees make more than the $13.25 amount, so the idea is really pointless to me. Where the Socialists hope to advance is by getting all Temporary and Contact workers included in this living wage scheme, which thankfully got voted down. ( for now.) Once the rest ( Eg. The Common Sense alderman...) of council figured out that the City will have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars more to bump the contract/temporary workers salaries, they backed away.
Like most Socialist ideals, the sugarplums and fairies start to disappear once the economic reality hits them in the face. Sure, I'd like McLeod Trail to be paved with gold bars and perhaps see all of Calgary's water fountains turned into magical money machines that dispense $100 bills, but will it ever happen? ( Not until I a get elected as an NDP backed Alderman apparently.)
Only a Socialist regime would consider $13.25 a LIVING WAGE anyway. Do the math... $14/hour ( Lets round it up and say the Socialist Union gets them even more money!) at 40 hrs/week. Total Monthly take home= $2240.
$2240. Before Taxes.... Before Union/Mafia Dues....
Take out your rent ( No Rent Controls yet in Calgary...but their is plenty of year left.) and how much of this living wage are you expected to live on? I don't know, but it is likely not enough. This is another example of the Socialist Pie in the Sky Math. if they were smart, they would demand more money....but they realize that Socialist Revolution in Calgary takes small incremental steps. ( Also, if their voters get too wealthly, they will move away to other parties...but that is another story.)
I hope that Calgarians start a Revolution of their own in 2010. Out with Bronco, out with NDP Hawkesworth and Pincott. Out with John ( I'll change my spots after I am elected) Mar and the rest of the free spenders. In the mealtime, I hope they shelve their plans for a giant Karl Marx stature for Olympic Plaza.


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  2. Man this was a hilarious post. Thanks for the laugh!

  3. I think we can draw some interesting conclusions and lessons from here.

    Whenever any government stays around for too long, and if its members allow themselves to be governed by greed and cronyism, the end result is invariably a socialist system. Look at Stelmach and his socialist/profligate/corrupt ways, and the City of Calgary, sadly, is no different.

  4. It seems a majority of this rant seems to be slightly miscalculated and misinformed. I understand the "Rant" but usually this type of opinion is folowed but educated facts and free speech liberties that have a concrete basis to make claim of what you're talking about.
    Basically, have something to really talk about when you post something like this garbage. If you are a true calgarian perhaps you should take a chance in running for an alderman position.

  5. Anon 10:50...What is miscalculated and misinformed about it? The math is straight from the public record. Thank you for your anonymous post, it speaks volumes. A lot of this is sarcasim, but I guess the Socialists are not told they are allowed to have a sense of humour?

  6. Shane,

    In a society where 95% of the wealth is controled by 1-2% of the population and real living costs not the posted ones continue to spiral ever higher (houses cost 2x more than 10 years ago), it is interisting how people like you love to attack the poorest amungst us. Shane, I highly doubt you earn less than $13.25/hour. I am sure you never tried to buy a car, rent a property pay child care and feed your family on less than $425.00 per week. Perhaps you should look at the reason socialist revolutions have taken place it usually happens when the division between rich and poor becomes so great that it amounts to slavery. Can I assume that you are in the top 5% of salaried employees. What do you personnaly care if one of the surfs can buy his child a few more books or enroll them in some sports. People like you survive on the prejudices of the uninformed who always assume someone who is poor is both lazy and unworthy of a decent standard of living. I propose if this is the conservative way than we are all to be enslaved by the wealthy land owners it is mearly a matter of time.

  7. Thanks Frank. I am not attacking anyone though Sir, except maybe a regime that beleives that they can dictate wages. You are correct in assuming that I am in the top income bracket and that I do not make $13.25/hr.

    You fail in your assumptions that as a conservative that I do not care however. You also fail in your theory that I am from elite background. I can assure you that growing up, I was among the "poorest" of the poor.

    The fact that I decided to take advantage of the opportunities this country provides ( ie. Education and Hard ass work) I was able to secure a wonderful life for my family by the age of 30. ( I am 33 now)

    So perhaps we should not talk about "people like me" before you really know who I am. I have walked a mile ( or a decade or two) in these shoes, so dont be so quick to judge. I will never apologize for what my hard work has gotten me and my family.

    Perhaps $13.25 an hour is not something to strive for my friend. I am sure socialism is a wonderful thing in books, but it never really works in reality.



  8. Socialism is a great idea but not practical. The human animal is not capable of equality. I perceive our society through the eyes of Charles Darwin. If you are not productive in the workplace then you have no right to ask for an increase in wage. Unions once had their place when our country was still evolving and human rights were on the back burner but now they consist of a bunch of lazy, unethical bureaucrats that are only interested in benefiting themselves. Our whole country reeks of these bureaucrats and it is why large sums of money are wasted each year within our education and health care system. In my opinion everything should be privatized and outsourced to Canadians who are willing to work.