NTL 026 – Is the Calgary Public Art committee trolling us? And why are the Liberals screwing the middle class?

Another Calgary public artwork has been revealed and people are displeased… right on cue! Roger and Dave break down many of the arguments about and around Calgary’s public art policy and public works of art more generally.

Roger is upset about the Liberal government’s decisions to “level the playing field” by changing the way corporations are taxed.

Dave brings up a beef with nature of traffic calming measures. Roger is wronged at a 4 way stop.


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  1. Albert Howell on August 10, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Roger, shut the fuck up about leaving the country. You threatening to leave doesn’t make me think “Gosh we should change things so Roger will stay!” Go to the states and save money on your taxes, then spend those savings on $100,ooo for a minor operation, and private security, and toll roads and bottled water, and a gun, and a flag because if you don’t fly an American flag somewhere on your property or car, they will think there’s something wrong with you.
    You’re as bad as the leftists in the States who always threaten to move to Canada.
    If large corporations paid their fair share, the middle class and small business wouldn’t be getting screwed.

    • Roger Kingkade on August 10, 2017 at 11:13 am

      I’m not sure I should shut the fuck up about this idea. If I feel the quality of my life and my family’s life would be improved by relocating, why shouldn’t I consider it? Why would I pay $100,000 for a minor procedure when I could responsibly purchase health insurance at a rate of $400-$500 per month with a deductible in the neighbourhood of $2000-$3000?

      What’s wrong with toll roads? I prefer user fees and paying my own way for what I use. I sometimes choose not to pay the toll and go the long way.

      I choose to filter my own tap water in Canada already.

      Statistically, I see no advantage to owning a gun. I see a major disadvantage as my history with depression is a strong indicator that I shouldn’t have a firearm within reach at all time. So I’ll pass.

      Most houses and cars don’t have American flags on them. (Anecdotal based on personal observation in places I’ve visited.)

      Why shouldn’t I move if I feel I can better take care of myself and my family and better serve the customers of my business. If the federal government is becoming a greater obstacle to the growth of my business, why shouldn’t I find a friendlier jurisdiction in which to operate?

      Essentially, to whom am I beholden as a man and as a business operator? Is it my family and my customers (and in some cases investors)? Or my governments and countrymen?

      As for Large corporations not paying their fair share and the middle class and small businesses getting screwed. Large corporations are an important conduit of capital to the middle class. Restricting their ability to grow (expand profits and workforce) is a slap in the face of the Canadians who voted for this champion of the middle class.

      Let’s not be confused here. I’m not thinking of moving to the US because I hate Trudeau or because I fear will have Shania (sic) Law here. I’m thinking of moving because I believe my life would be improved. Which is a damn good reason to emigrate.

      • James S on August 11, 2017 at 9:43 am

        I love your response here. As a US citizen living in Canada, I find the health care system not very responsive to my needs. No one should have to wait for 18 months for a surgery as some do hear. As for the cost, I paid cash and got up to 55% discounts then filed with my insurance to recover 80% of that.
        As far as corporations paying their fair share HOGWASH! No company actually pays taxes, they simply pass the cost to the consumers. If it cost $5 to manufacture something you can be sure the taxes the company pays is calculated into that price. To make matters worse, a company calculates the selling price by percentage. Let’s say the taxes are $1 of the $5 cost and the mark up is 50%. Now that $5 item is sold $7.50, but without the taxes added the item would be $4 and would sell for $6. Of course, that’s not adding the sales taxes.

  2. Ann Smith on August 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Roger, thank you. Yesterday, I was unjustly honked at in an intersection in Strathmore. I took it hard and suffered bruised feelings all afternoon as result. Hearing your tale of being wronged a four way stop really helped me feel better. Not out of schadenfreude, you understand. Just a sense of relief that I’m not the only person who has to bear the unjust scorn of other motorists. Thanks for making me feel like less of a loser.

    • Roger Kingkade on August 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      It’s the least I could do, Ann. The world isn’t a just or fair place. Good to know we’ve got each other’s backs when the time comes.