Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Teacher's Behaving Badly.

Alison gets into the top job of Premier by bribing the teachers with over 100,000,000 dollars. This is a fact.

Then she gives them another 100,000,000 dollars extra in the budget, that raises our property taxes by over 6%. This is a fact.

How is that working for her? Excellently I would say, except for those people calling her out on it.

A press release from the Wildrose said an employee from St. Michael’s School in Calgary had come forward anonymously to say the Tory candidate — Christine Cusanelli — abused her position as school principal to support her campaign, citing several specific irregularities.
“I am saddened that an educator, who is entrusted with the unbiased education of our children, would blatantly abuse her position for political gain at the expense of her students,” said Adolph, the Wildrose candidate for Calgary-Currie.
Then we have this little gem of a unprincipled principal.
Principal Ted Thorne can at least take comfort knowing he's added a brand new ‘R' to the traditional trio of reading, writing and arithmetic.
It's called regret, and Thorne certainly taught students at Millarville Community school a lesson rife with remorse, after the principal used the school newsletter to voice anti-Wildrose political views to parents.
"The Wildrose group is an unknown lot for the most part with no idea on the part of the public what lies in store," wrote Thorne, on a bi-weekly newsletter dated April 16.
"It is apparent that with the newness of the party, the Wildrose leader doesn't know her candidates' backgrounds and historical underlying beliefs."
It's an oddly-placed rant in a newsletter typically advising parents of upcoming pizza days and new appointments for staff at the 200-student school southwest of Calgary.
Thorne wasn't content to just bash the Wildrose Party leading up to next Monday's election, he actually goes on to endorse the incumbent Progressive Conservatives, declaring them the architects of Alberta's success.
I guess the teachers are paying Alison back for her bribes, big time.

I went to the all candidate debate in my riding tonight.  I've never been to one so this was a new experience for me. What I found interesting was that the NDP candidate was a teacher. The second question in the debate was asked by a teacher. Her opening comments were that as a teacher, and a member of the ATA, she was representing ALL Albertans with her question. It totally smacked of arrogance.

The debate was held at a United Church, and they asked the first two questions, both related to the environment. Then the third question was "randomly" drawn out of a hat, and it was "Do you agree with gay marriage?" Set up or what. All the candidates stated this was a waste of time, but the only one who got booed was the Wildrose candidate, who simply said that the Wildrose party would not legislate on moral issues. Proof that the United Church is not a real Church, but an activist haven for anyone with any issue.

When the Liberal candidate started talking about throwing out the flat tax and taxing people who earned $100,000 more, because it would only affect 6% of the population, I got steamed.

Think about this:

If you earn 100,000 dollars, the feds take:

  • 15% on the first $42,707 of taxable income, +
  • 22% on the next $42,707 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over $42,707 up to $85,414), +
  • 26% on the next $46,992 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over $85,414 up to $132,406), +
  • 29% of taxable income over $132,406.
 The feds take around 20% off of your pay cheque. Add 10% provincial tax, you are up to 30%, add the 10% (9.9% rounded up) for CPP, you are at 40% and don't forget EI, which is about another 2 to 3% meaning that they take 42% off of your pay cheque, that never sees your bank account. The Liberals want to tax you even more. No wonder they don't get elected here in Alberta.

While the Liberal was yipping about taxing the rich more, and I was grimacing and shaking my head, a Chinese woman sitting next to my friend, asked if we were "rich", my friend said no, but her kids made more than $100,000 a year working in Fort Mac. The lady asked who we were voting for, and we said Wildrose. She said thanks, left, came back with a Wildrose brochure and said that her husband was "rich" and they would vote for the party that would reduce taxes.

All in all an interesting evening, watching a debate in a church that has the environment as their number one issue and gay marriage as their second. Not much of a church, and very intolerant of anyone with a different opinion.

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