Our provincial government introduced a ‘speculation tax’ that was intended to curb offshore investors from buying homes and leaving them empty. It was perceived that their doing so was driving up the cost of housing for the common man. And, it undoubtedly was. And it still is, actually, but that’s for later in the blog……
This part is about the unfettered hypocrisy of it all. Even though I agree with the effort to dissuade foreign ownership that simply leaves housing empty, the truth is we are bludgeoned to believe that we can spend our money where we want. We are brainwashed to believe we can own something outright. We are told to believe that racism is bad. We are told to believe that the free market system works best and we were exhorted to ‘want’ to be a world-class city. Obviously none of those things are true or what we REALLY want. As soon as free enterprise is controlled by foreigners, then our non-racist, equal-opportunity plan is chucked in the dumpster. And just as clearly intervention was required because well, the free market system DOESN’T work very well, does it.? It needs interfering with. And we love being world class UNLESS it costs us more.
In other words, we are hypocrites. We do not believe in what we claim to believe in.
That’s OK. Who amongst us isn’t a hypocrite in some ways? I find myself sending money to West Coast legal (imagine me. of my own free will, sending money to lawyers! I must be mad) to fight Kinder Morgan dumping tar in to the Salish Sea while at the same time cursing Rachel Notley and Alberta for somehow managing to raise the price of gasoline. I am embarrassed by those conflicting constructs but they are true.
I loathe Donald Trump for just about everything he does but find myself shrugging and wondering what-the-hell the Stormy story is all about. She’s over 21. He’s over 21. It was consensual. They screwed (sufficient punishment for both of them in my opinion) and she got $130,000. No victims!
I would NOT screw the Donald for $130,000 but I could force myself to sacrifice an hour or so for Stormy for that kind of fee. Jus’ sayin’...
What is the story? That Donald is unfaithful? PULEEEEEZ. Melania is wife #3, for God’s sake. DJT met Melania when he was with wife #2, Marla Maples. Move along , folks. Nothing to see there. Same ol’, same ol’.
The Australian Cricket team is being shamed and ostracized because their bowler was caught using a piece of sticky tape to ‘doctor’ the ball before chucking it. Are we to believe that the Aussies have never cheated before? That this minor (compared to doping and ‘fixing’ contests all over the world) is something new? Bottom line: rubbing sticky tape is a rule broken. End of story. Move on. If you don’t understand that look to Hockey, Basketball and Football – games virtually BUILT around cheating and breaking rules.
I guess what I am saying is that we all seem to believe more and more in the greater Tooth Fairy. And the Easter Bunny. And…and, and, and….. and that is a form of collective mental illness. (This is now a rampant disease called political correctness and fake behavioural expectations and it has ravaged the free thinking of universities to the point that they are a waste of time for a real thinker). We are living under a veil of innocence and ignorance that we remove and replace with bizarre regularity.
Reality check: professional athletes cheat. Politicians lie and cheat and steal. The media distorts the truth. Much of the justice system is a gang and they abuse power. Some women sell sex. Some men buy it. Not all Muslims are good. Not all blacks are good. Not all whites are bad. The education system dumbs us down. Capitalism has been corrupted. The monetary system doesn’t work. You NEVER own your own home. Climate change is real, the oceans are dying. A broken clock is right twice a day. And Justin Trudeau is an imbecile.
And I can continue that list for days and days.
“So, again with the same old question, Dave…..what’s the point?”
A small glint of hope……the provincial government got plenty of feedback on their speculation tax pretty quickly. I even wrote them the day I learned of it. Others did, too. By the gazillion. AND, GET THIS!!!!
They listened and changed the law to better reflect the reality of it. It is still hypocritical, of course, but they listened and responded somewhat. THEY LISTENED AND RESPONDED!
The government listened…
I am reeling…..