‘Records indicate Mason City officials kept RAGBRAI drag show ‘secret,’ minors allowed to attend and unknown if taxpayer dollars went toward it.’
‘The picture is a little bit clearer on the drag show that Mason City hosted as part of its RAGBRAI festivities earlier this summer. A city councilman admitted the drag show wasn’t advertised so as not to bring attention to it, but mysteriously said nobody was trying to hide anything. Minors were allowed to attend. And an event organizer was willing to pay the $750 on her own or find a sponsor if the city wanted her to.
In early August, Mason City Administrator, a person called Aaron Burnett, said the city was proud to be a sponsor and support the “very successful RAGBRAI Mason City overnight.”
‘The Deep State and its minions are currently erecting a global taxation regime that will eventually fund a one-world technocratic government, warns The New American magazine’s Alex Newman in this episode of Behind The Deep State. All of the pieces are being put in place right now, including a global minimum tax to prevent labor, business, and capital from escaping to more liberty-friendly jurisdictions, as well automatic exchange of information so that all of your most private and sensitive financial details can be shared with governments and international agencies around the world. Bureaucrats working at the organizations leading the charge such as the OECD and the IMF do not even pay taxes, ironically. The implications of this Deep State ploy are nightmarish, and yet almost nobody is even talking about.’https://rumble.com/vr6yd1-biden-and-globalists-building-global-taxation-regime.html?mref=6zof&mc=dgip3&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+New+American&ep=2
Yes, the New South Wales state government MUST have too much of our money. For example ‘The Regional Job Creation Fund aims to create more than 6,500 new direct jobs in regional NSW over the next three years.
It provides co-funded grants between $100,000 and $10 million to fast track projects that enable emerging industries, help businesses expand operations or provide incentives for operations to relocate to regional NSW.
Mr Toole said a $4.8 million grant will help engineering company Simmons Global relocate its operations from Western Australia to Narromine, creating up to 253 full time local jobs and providing a major boost to the State’s advanced manufacturing sector.
Last night we watched the Australian treasurer give his bags of money to the various groups such as mental health, indigenous organizations, domestic violence and old age care to name a few. It seemed that the government had no goal of getting out of the debt it had put itself into during the China virus. As one rightly wrote ‘Pop culture obsessives will never forget the famous episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show where the queen of America gave everyone in the audience — all 276 of them — a free Pontiac. What is less often remembered is that everyone who got a car also got a tax bill of $US6,000 with it. Nice.
This evening, when Josh Frydenberg stepped up to the dispatch box and delivered his ‘”you got a government program, you got a government program, you got a government program and you got a government program” budget, there was also a sting in its tail — a nice tax liability; a tax liability that will need to be paid for by our children and grandchildren.
Sweet dreams are made of this Who am I to disagree? I’ve travelled the world and the seven seas Ev’rybody’s lookin‘ for something.
Sweet dreams indeed. When the Treasurer highlighted calls “for a Reagan-Thatcher style supply-side revolution to repair the budget deficit, repay public debt and restore Australia’s lost prosperity ”, who thought he would have delivered the biggest deficit and biggest debt in Australia’s history — so large, in fact, that Wayne Swan probably threw his crystal “Galaxy’s Greatest Treasurer” trophy at the television in jealousy.
Perhaps Frydenberg’s budget strategy of childcare and age care subsidies was inspired by putting a twist of his own on the words of Ronald Reagan: “Government does not solve problems; it subsidises them”. Perhaps he was trying to give the wisdom of Margaret Thatcher a run. It was, after all, Thatcher who said “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money” — and in this budget, the Treasurer is actually attempting to run out of other people’s money.
It so seems that the inspiration for today’s budget came from “travelling the world and the seven seas”, from seeing how those fiscal paragons of Zimbabwe and Venezuela spent their way to increased inflation. They did manage to stimulate inflation to increase wages. Unfortunately, though, prices increased much faster.
But this budget is the budget of the modern Liberal Party of Australia; the party that believes that Edmund Burke was a fool for suggesting that society was a partnership between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.
Bugger the dead and the to be born. Take therefore no thought for the morrow. Party on, dude. Par-tay!
The mainline media are communist media allowed to work in a democracy. Why would I say that? Because, ‘A new economic report lambasting President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure agenda was shoved under the rug by the ABC, CBS and NBC evening networks. The Tax Foundation released a new analysis March 31 on Biden’s plan headlined “President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Raises Taxes on U.S. Production.”
The report summarized that “[t]he proposal’s tax increases on corporations are among the most harmful options to pay for the increased spending.” The report continued: “While the President’s plan emphasizes making goods in America, the tax increases will raise the cost of production in the U.S, erode American competitiveness, and slow our economic recovery.”
ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News ignored the report entirely during their March 31, April 1, April 2 and April 5 evening broadcasts. The Big Three reported on Biden’s infrastructure proposal March 31, while ignoring the Tax Foundation’s damning analysis.
The Big Three have been true to form by protecting Biden from news coverage that could hinder his economic agenda.
The Tax Foundation’s report accused the Biden plan of relying on “mistaken assumptions” about taxation: “The tax proposals in the American Jobs Plan (Biden infrastructure plan) rely on mistaken assumptions about how corporate taxes work, how corporations respond, and how workers are affected.”
Biden has planned to hike the federal corporate tax rate from “21 percent to 28 percent and tighten inversion regulations.” The Tax Foundation tweeted March 17 that “[t]he corporate income tax is the most harmful tax for economic growth.” But the Tax Foundation highlighted a number of other key facts that undercut the radical thinking behind Biden’s plans to hike taxes, which the Big Three didn’t consider worth bringing up. The following conclusions from the Tax Foundation were especially revealing:
“Workers across the income scale would bear much of the tax increase. For example, the bottom 20 percent of earners would on average see a 1.5 percent drop in after-tax income in the long run.”
“An increase in the federal corporate tax rate to 28 percent would raise the U.S. federal-state combined tax rate to 32.34 percent, higher than every country in the [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development], the G7, and all our major trade partners and competitors including China. This would harm U.S. economic competitiveness and diminish our role in the world.”
“Raising the federal corporate tax rate 7 percentage points would reduce the after-tax rate of return on corporate investment in America, resulting in less investment, less productivity, fewer jobs, and lower wages.”
A member of the Conservative Party ‘Rishi Sunak is considering plans to charge motorists for every mile they drive on Britain’s roads to fill a £40billion tax hole left by a push to electric cars, according to reports.
The Chancellor is reportedly ‘very interested’ in the idea of a national road pricing scheme – which would steer motorists into a new ‘pay-as-you-drive’ type system.
Road pricing in England is limited to schemes such as the M6 Toll in the Midlands, the Dartford crossing on the M25, London’s Congestion Zone and a handful of small tunnels and bridges.
But a national scheme is now being considered amid fears a switch to electric vehicles will leave a massive tax shortfall from the loss of key revenue raisers such as Fuel Duty and Vehicle Excise Duty, according to the Times. […]
Two of Australia’s worse and very Leftist leaning Prime Ministers got together on the Leftist/Marxist government sponsored One billion dollars per year ABC’s Leftist China loving Insiders program to condemn Rupert Murdoch and clamor on about make believe catastrophic climate change.
These two climate scammers never liked President Trump and now with him perhaps out of the way they are hoping sleepy Joe will come to their aid in the push for more climate change rules and regulations for the poor saps here in Australia. I didn’t watch the spectacle but according to the Leftist Marxist Guardian’s New Daily ‘Towards the end of Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd’s joint interview on the ABC’s Insiders on Sunday, host David Speers gave voice to the thought that was on the lips of every viewer watching from home.
“Years ago, I would have doubted there would be so much agreement between the two of you,” the veteran broadcaster said with a smile, the smiling visages of the former prime ministers towering over him from two giant televisions.
“So would we,” Mr Rudd replied.
It capped an extraordinary interview and the latest chapter in an unlikely budding bromance from the two former rivals, who have teamed up in their post-politics careers to take on the white whales they couldn’t vanquish even from the highest office in the land.
Namely, climate change and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
“We had agreed on an emissions trading scheme once upon a time,” Mr Turnbull reminded the Insiders host at the end of their wide-ranging chat.
It’s not difficult to see the most recent ex-PM still carries grudges over his unceremonious booting from The Lodge in August 2018, replaced by Scott Morrison after a toxic partyroom brawl over energy policy.
Mr Rudd also lost his prime ministership in 2010, in no small part due to his controversial dumping of a carbon reduction scheme and the ensuing popularity hit.
Both have blamed the “Murdoch media” for waging campaigns against their leaderships, and in the years since they left Parliament, both have fired shots back and kept spruiking their thoughts on strong climate action.
The pair are not exactly good friends – indeed, Mr Rudd was famously enraged when then-PM Turnbull blocked his bid to run for United Nations secretary-general in 2016 – but have backed common purposes in recent times.
So it was perhaps a programming coup to get Australia’s angry grandpas on TV together on Sunday in the wake of the US election being handed to Joe Biden just hours earlier, to have them continue their unlikely alliance in front of a national audience.
On the agenda? Climate, News Corp and, of course, Donald Trump.
Rupert Murdoch was mentioned no fewer than a dozen times in the Insiders interview.
“Trump has lost. Murdoch’s man in the White House has been defeated,” Mr Turnbull said.
Mr Rudd called out “Murdoch bullies” for haranguing Mr Turnbull, calling the media proprietor “a cancer on our democracy”.
“Malcolm and I disagree on a multitude of things, but Murdoch’s treatment of Malcolm Turnbull in 2018, directly interfering into the internal politics of the Liberal Party, to do what he could through his editors to bring about a leadership change to Morrison or Dutton at the time, is a disgrace,” Mr Rudd said.
“Murdoch has engendered a culture of fear in Australia about this discussion because he goes after people individually who raise this question. Including myself, including Malcolm and others,” he complained.
On the hot-button topic of climate, the pair said they hoped Mr Biden would usher in a new era of global environmental action and co-operation.
Mr Turnbull couldn’t resist taking a stab at Mr Morrison’s plans for a ‘gas-led recovery’ – a plan he called “BS” and “piffle” – and loudly calling for stronger commitments.
“This is the time to pivot, otherwise [Morrison] is going to look out on the extreme with Saudi Arabia, as some kind of a carbon economy,” Mr Turnbull quipped.
“Really, we can do so much better than that, and now is the time for Scott to move.”
Mr Rudd claimed the government’s policies amounted to a plan to “hide in the shadows”, and called on Mr Morrison to “swallow your political pride and get real” on a net-zero target.
But stinging words were also reserved for the vanquished Mr Trump.
Mr Rudd said the President should “put on his big boy pants” and “act like a grown-up” after his loss.
Mr Turnbull, famously the target of Mr Trump’s ire in a 2016 phone call over refugee policy, said the change was “a good thing for everybody”.
“It’s a relief to have a return to normal transmission, to have an administration that is going to be consistent, that isn’t going to be making decisions by wild tweets in the early hours of the morning,” he said.
“That isn’t going to be walking out of global treaties and alliances, discombobulating friends and foes alike.”
Climate scamming Politicians are a strange lot along with the other Lefty Loony Lovies. Yes, there is ‘A strange alarmist standard claim…that we face a world-historic, civilization-threatening climate crisis we can solve with a few small steps. For instance in Canada a carbon tax too small to affect behaviour. But now we get the bad news: It has to rise sharply to get us to the Paris targets. Which is hardly surprising; if the problem is as big as they say, the solution is going to have to be big as well.
This troubling detail about Canada’s carbon tax comes from Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Office, a post created to try to give Parliament a reliable non-partisan source of data on fiscal and related matters, so our politicians could bicker childishly about PBO reports instead of bickering childishly about other sources of data. Canada’s carbon tax started at a laughable $20/tonne or 4.4 cents/litre of gas in 2019, is now $30/tonne or 6.6 cents/litre, and will rise $10/year to $50/tonne or 11 cents/litre by 2022 after which what will happen is, as usual in Canada, that the authorities say we don’t need to see that information. See, there’s such broad popular support there’s no point telling the populace what the deal is.
Regrettably Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux has now spoiled that approach, and the party, by saying that, as you know, to have a meaningful impact the carbon tax needs to get to $117/tonne if applied to everyone, and $289/tonne if the government plans to give a break to big industrial emitters, voters (on their household bills) and others liable to cause trouble if squashed by a big tax burden.
We could say something sarcastic about the idea that climate change is such a massive threat to all that is good in the world that it’s worth sacrificing everything for except votes. But instead we’ll say something sarcastic about the fact that everyone has always known what the PBO has just spelled out and nobody has had anything sensible to say about it and still don’t.
The governing Liberals have nothing sensible to say because they claim they’re already saving us from apocalyptic disaster without costing us any money or otherwise inconveniencing us. Indeed, they’re going to give us money, in a thousand different ways including a carbon tax that was somehow going to leave nearly everyone better off thanks to rebates we could use to, say, buy gas at the higher price. The opposition Tories had nothing sensible to say because they’re committed to the Liberals being profligate meanies out to destroy the economy so 4.4 cents/litre had to be massive, while they (the Tories) would stop climate change without costing you money through some plan they didn’t think of yet that was just marvellous beyond compare. And those further green even than the Liberals are also selling us on a pain-free, rapid solution to an Earth-scalding crisis.
Thus almost nobody said out loud that the tax was too small to matter so almost nobody said how much would be enough. Well, nobody who mattered. And now that we have something more like the real number from somebody who sort of matters, nobody is saying anything intelligent or intelligible for the same reasons given above. Especially the part about not being willing to tell voters something will hurt.
Take this press release… please: “The Government of Canada will continue to protect the health and safety of all Canadians, while working towards a safe, sustainable, and green economic recovery from the COVID–19 pandemic.” Again, one could say much that is sarcastic about the expanding political habit of a government saying it will “continue” to do something it has not done, is not doing, and has no idea how to do. But instead the punchline here is that this amazing list of all-at-once cosmic achievements will be achieved by a paltry sum of money and some low-exertion fun. “Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced approximately $368,000 in federal funding from the Climate Action Fund to support six initiatives by not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions that inspire Canadians to take climate action and promote awareness of climate change in their communities.”
Got that? The government will hand a third of a million bucks to some nice do-gooders to say some stuff. Abracadabra, polar bears saved, coral saved, coastal cities saved, and nobody even had to get out of their chair. Likewise “The Government of Canada will continue to protect the health and safety of all Canadians, and to ensure a safe, sustainable, and greener economic recovery” by… What? What? What amazing, massive initiative will accomplish this marvellous set of goals? Tell us. We must know. Uh “Today, the Member of Parliament for Guelph, Lloyd Longfield, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced approximately $640,000 from the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support the University of Guelph’s heating system upgrades.” Which as we all know were single-handedly causing temperatures in southwest Ontario to soar to… uh… a high of 17°C this week and a low of -1°C.
Meanwhile over at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a ministry that if it did not exist nobody would be asking why not, “Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced two new projects today totaling close to $900,000 under the Agricultural Clean Technology Program that will help Quebec farmers take action on climate change and capture new and emerging economic opportunities.” Wow. Save the planet and “capture new and emerging economic opportunities” all for well under a million bucks. In key ridings no less.
This game is easy. And everybody wins. Over at Infrastructure Canada some Parliamentary Secretary announced on behalf of no fewer than three ministers who couldn’t be bothered to show up “over $417,000 for an energy efficiency project in four New Brunswick communities through GMF.” If it sounds like pork now comes in green, well, you’re starting to get the idea.’https://climatediscussionnexus.com/2020/10/14/the-other-boot-falls/
Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.