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Columns: Falcon On Income Inequality – Let Them Eat Cake
UPDATED 02/02/12 – MORE COMMENTS RECEIVED – By Mike Archer. Ronald Reagan is dead and his infamous trickle down economic theory, along with the middle class, is in ruins. Except, it seems, in the mind of Kevin Falcon.
In response to a BC Stats report released this week which shows that BC has the second widest income inequality in Canada (after Alberta) and the worst income divide between bottom wage earners and the top, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon compared BC to Cuba in an apparent effort to point out that we’re doing better than they are.Falcon is on record as saying he thinks the news is just great and means weâ€™re moving in the right direction if weâ€™re following Alberta. He said that if Alberta has a serious problem with income inequality – thatâ€™s just the kind of problem he wants BC to have.
Protagoras would be ashamed of the awful mess he spawned.
Falcon is obviously among the very few who havenâ€™t figured out that tax breaks for corporations and the rich have gone right into their own pockets and helped them take their investments elsewhere. The money has not been spent on growing our economy it has, instead, led to a shrinking of our economy and the slow, inexorable collapse of the middle class.
Falcon says he wants to bring back the $100,000-a-year forestry and mining jobs. Right Kev. Good luck with that. Talk about low hanging fruit. If the forestry sector ever recovers from the kick in guts it took thanks to the loopholes Brian Mulroney left in his free trade deal, weâ€™ll all be back in the 80s making $100,000 cutting trees.
That’s your economic plan for the province?
You spent $4 Billion on the Winter Olympics and now we have nothing to show for it and no money to spend on the essentials you talk about – education, training, advancement.
You spent all our money on a two-week political orgasm for Gordon Campbell and now we’re the ones who are screwed.
The comment for which Falcon is taking the most heat is his smart-assed retort to the effect that Cuba has income equality â€“ everyoneâ€™s poor.
Hah. Hah. Nice joke to share with your jet set pals over cocktails after an arduous day of downsizing Kev.
Saying you are giving everyone a chance to get rich while taking away access to the educational tools and means of advancement required in a modern society and shifting the taxation burden onto the shoulders of the middle class is more than just a dumb misunderstanding of economics â€“ it is a very cruel and ultimately brutal way of dismissing the vast majority of the population who donâ€™t have the friends and connections Falcon does.
Falcon should resign and allow someone who knows what theyâ€™re doing take his job. Signing up party members, shaking babies and kissing hands, smiling while chewing gum and talking out of both sides of oneâ€™s mouth are the tools of sophistry which Kevin Falcon has mastered.
Though quite specious and bootless, these are all useful qualities for a salesman, but we were actually looking for a Finance Minister.