Recommended Reading – Tuesday, November 29th

Nov 29, 2011 by

Margaret Wente:  Calling Dr. Clavicle (The Globe and Mail)

“Dr. Clavicle has a sister who’s a horse vet. They often discuss the irony that if you are a horse, and not a person, the doctor can see you right away. “The veterinary industry looks for business and caters to a market that wants to be looked after,” he told Maclean’s magazine a while back. “Me? I spend most of my time actively deflecting as much as I can.”

This story has a happy ending – for me, at least. I asked to be put on standby in case a last-minute vacancy came up. Thankfully, one did. Dr. Clavicle’s overworked assistant called me up one day and gave me 30 seconds to decide if I wanted to drop everything and take it. I did. Now my collarbone is bolted back together and I am happy as a clam. After all, I got surgery almost as fast as a horse”

Lorne Gunter: We’re All Addicted to Big Government (National Post)

“…over 80% of us are receiving some form of government benefit and for non-senior families, that benefit amounts to $3,600 a year. For senior families, it’s nearly $25,000.

That has huge political implications. No wonder the federal Tories are as keen to tax and spend as the Liberals who governed before them. It’s too risky promising cuts when so many Canadians are hopelessly addicted to public spending. Ditto for provincial and local governments.

The likelihood that enough voters can be found to support a party promising a drastic decrease in the size of government and the tax burden becomes even more remote when you look at the breakdown of who relies the most on government assistance. According to StatsCan, people in the bottom two quintiles of income in Canada (the people in the bottom 20% and the next-lowest 20%) — so 40% of the population — receive nearly 60% of their income from government of one form or another.”

Tasha Kheiriddin: Canada’s ‘human development plan’ is called ‘the family’ (National Post)

“When you factor in the billions of dollars a year it would cost to implement ECE for all two-to-five year olds, it becomes very clear that there are better things to do with this money, including leaving it in parents’ pockets so that one can choose to work less and parent more for those first few years. “We need to turn our family policy junkyard into a human development system”, says the Early Years 3 report. No, we don’t. We need to turn human development back over to families, where it belongs.”

Why Not Pay Taxes (Victor Davis Hanson)

“The usual liberal complaint against the conservative opposition to higher income taxes is greed and the better-offs’ self-serving reluctance to pay their “fair share.” But while perhaps true in some instances, I don’t think that is an accurate writ against most of those in that now demonized $200,000 and above categories who resent forking over more. Rather, here are a random 12 complaints that I hear from those who become furious about preposed higher income tax rates:”

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