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Sep 12, 2023Liked by David Moscrop

For those who travel to Europe (particularly Scandinavia) and wonder why we can't have nice things like them THIS IS WHY! Why are we obsessed with low taxes? It translates to lower quality of life? I have had a successful life and I am happy to pay taxes. I just wish everyone felt the same way.

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by David Moscrop

My sense is that the road to "Common Sense" always leads to Walkerton.

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The last time we heard the term "Common Sense Revolution" Was from former Progressive Conservative Premier Mike Harris. Look what that got us. End of story.

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by David Moscrop

Great exploration of the “common sense” rhetoric. People forget a few things about these populist initiatives. 1. The housing crisis is not about a shortage of million dollar suburban homes, it’s about affordable housing which has not been developed or encouraged for some time...see removal of rent controls, NIMBY around public housing development, etc. 2. Excessive building of those million dollar suburban homes will actually drive down the value of your million dollar suburban homes. If that’s the equity your retirement was built on, hang on to your hat. 3. Most politically driven (not data, expertise or experience driven) decisions made by governments take about 10 years to have real operational impacts in peoples lives. Any government that drives populist rhetoric instead of strategic and value driven initiatives maintains plausible deniability rather than accountability for those decisions because of the time delay. And they know that better than many voters do...sadly.

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It's depressing that they keep getting in with nothing more than "Get Brexit Done" and "Build a Highway to Somewhere".

If we have to admit that humans are vulnerable to one of fascism's best sales techniques, 'The Cult of Action', e.g. "Just Do SOMETHING, dammit!". The left wing really should think about adopting it more. When Boris can win re-election - on "more Brexit" of all platforms - we need to admit it's killing us.

I'm up for a Lib/NDP Just Build It campaign. Find all the federal, provincial, and city land in good locations and build as many dwellings on it as it will take, smite NIMBYs from the highest legislatures (BC has made a start), and sell them for 95% of what they cost to build. And pretend the land appreciated at 3%/year since the purchase price.

Billboards would say "It's just common sense that if the Real Estate Barons could solve the housing problem, they would have. It's just common sense that if there's more housing built, it will be cheaper."

Trudeau should not appear, save for emergencies, on camera again, without a construction site in the background.

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by David Moscrop

Excellent article! Perhaps this historic review of 'Common Sense' will remind folks of this path taken previously by the PC party and the ultimate results. People do have short memories. The Harris government did fire the OCDSB Trustees and replaced them with an administrator. [Democracy at play!]

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Oh, that PP and his gang would start to communicate what their actual plans and strategies are, in substantial detail, instead of trafficking vague feel-good ideas.

Oh, please, please, please commit to something real, with full intention to follow through.

Maybe I'm singing from the wrong hymnal?

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Since evil Millhouse lost the glasses it's clearer than ever he's completely visionless...

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Good overview of the manipulative phrase "common sense."

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Yikes! If the smartest public intellectuals in the country like David are reduced to rear-guard polemics against ‘common sense’ and appeals to the most inside, core supporters of the left wing, we are in trouble. A call for bigger government, stronger (mainly public sector) unions and more money to the state broadcaster (which should be studiously ignored by partisans so as to preserve whatever independence it has) smacks of desperation. We are in big trouble folks. Mainly because of a traditional ‘elite-accommodating’, personality/pedigree driven Liberal party that values its own near term survival over doing the hard work of preserving and strengthening democratic institutions and culture in a country that is so obviously democratic if necessary...but not necessarily democratic when it really counts. We need to be in salvage mode. Thinking about how to rebuild after this dog whistling, crypto-crazy, fluently bilingual conspiracy theorist with good hair takes down his elitist and equally well-coiffed counterpart. We’ve never had to do or sacrifice anything to get our pro-forma democracy in Canada up to now. Things are about to get real.

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Leftist red meat. Inciteful, as befits the disgruntled, "woe is me" crowd and insightful--as befits the "we object having to work to get things" folks.

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Facebook stats: reported (and personally attacked) by Smith's and Poilievre's fraudulent Warroom; blocked by minister of justice Amery, greasy wop Italian centre (I also chewed them out in Italian - I could have used dialect also but I know they are borderline illiterate in just English and Italian), Amarjeet Sohi, Lakusta-phile Notley and Edmonton Police (and more!) with just one post with the link to "bagpipes, blow, bad cops, bad dental and bus drivers". The ('covert' lol) whistle stop also had some SK-AB beef try to bother me for laughing at their bibles, rodeos, and deep fried packaged central bertan slop. Funny enough, in public, these exact same brands of people want to be my friend or hope I will be their protector (I guess because I am smarter, faster, stronger, harder, funnier, cooler, more experienced and better looking than them? - all of which is too easy to be in albertuh, I'm not special).

To be objective and impartial (and not just pick on the zioCons), it appears Justdumb Trudeau's bestie Miller also blocked me, for asking him to discuss Cohen and Levy. All such touchy and overly sensitive immigrants in Canaduh.

Link is the quote that was admired by some but extremely hated by Wee Wee PP's troll-farmed (and trashbag supported) Facebook page. (I was wrong when I said it's still 1905 in Bertuh - it's actually still the 1700's in anglo-amero-yiddo Canaduh).

https://substack.com/@canadamolestskids/note/c-39816032?utm_source=notes-share-action&r=2a2l5m

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