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#1 suprNOVA

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 18:37

Hey, I thought i'd share this e-mail i received from a friend. What do you guys think? Sorry I didn't format it well.


Subject: Dear Mr. Harper





Dear Mr. Harper,

Please find below our suggestion for fixing Canada 's economy.

Instead of giving billions of dollars to banks that will squander the
money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.

You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force.

Pay them 1 million dollars each severance for early retirement with
the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire.
Ten million job openings - unemployment fixed

2) They MUST buy a new car.
Ten million cars ordered - Car Industry fixed

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage -
Housing Crisis fixed

4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university -
Crime rate fixed

5) They MUST buy $50 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week .....
And there's your money back in duty/tax etc

It can't get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back
their falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances

If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know.

Also..
Let's put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home.

This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.

They'd receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical
treatment, wheel chairs etc and they'd receive money instead of paying
it out.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped
instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed
and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and
snacks to their cell.

They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual
counseling, pool and education.

Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ's and legal aid would be free, on request.

Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.

Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards
would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised.
Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and
pay $300.00 per week and have no hope of ever getting out.

Think about this (more points of contention):

COWS
Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad
cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Alberta
years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the barn?

And, they even tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable
to locate 125,000 illegal immigrants wandering around our country.
Maybe we should give each of them a cow.
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Also;
Think about this ... If you don't want to forward this for fear of
offending someone -- YOU ARE
PART OF THE PROBLEM! It is time for us grumpy old folk of Canada to speak up![/indent]


#2 Arpit

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 18:54

interesting.. but if i recall correctly, canada has the one of the best banking systems in the developed world that's far more prudent and risk averse than the remaining. with that said, like any other country, it's the people that make it work :)

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 18:59

Quite frankly that is quite brilliant, I love it!

#4 JaredFrost

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 18:59

In theory that -could- work, but you're just shifting the problem from the generation that created it to the next one, which would work if the policies were cleaned up in between
And I wouldn't mind paying into that, but at some point you will need to stop doing it due to population grown, it just wouldn't be possible anymore, but at around 30 million people
It's still possible to do.

But, the Harper government wont do this, they came into office with a $13billion surplus and promptly turned that into a 40+ billion dollar deficit, while most people see them
for the incompetent, cheating, liars they are, sadly, %33 are blind and/or stupid, and given the amount of parties in Canada, that is enough to give them a majority(don't get me started on this, I'll rant for hours)
Even though %65+ think they shouldn't be leading the country.

I should stop talking now......../rant

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 22:17

That's brilliant. About time someone used a little common sense. :D

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 22:40

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But, the Harper government wont do this, they came into office with a $13billion surplus and promptly turned that into a 40+ billion dollar deficit, while most people see them
for the incompetent, cheating, liars they are, sadly, %33 are blind and/or stupid, and given the amount of parties in Canada, that is enough to give them a majority(don't get me started on this, I'll rant for hours)



"Most?" I'd like to hope this is the case, and that sitting in social media circles or newspaper comment sections is completely not representative of the wider Canadian population. Truly hate the amount of tactics they deploy to get their agenda across - but that's for another day.


As for the topic at hand - spending on 10 million cars? Let's say that the average car cost $20000. That's $200 billion dollars - think of all the public transport infrastructure that could be built with that money! And would you really want roads filled with 10 million old geezers? Thought not. :p Also think of the extra fuel demand - unless of course all 10 million cars have nuclear reactors inside them.

Also free money on alcohol and tobacco? Say hello to extra strain on our healthcare system.

... and that's my serious business moment. :)

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 08:13

What do you guys think?


It doesn't make sense. It's unprofessional. It's stupid. It sucks.

There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force.


This is false. Canada's total labour force is about 18.5 million people. And looking at the Canada's population pyramid, it can be seen that there are roughly 8.5 million people in total in the 50-65 age bracket. Not all of them work.

Pay them 1 million dollars each severance for early retirement with
the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire.
Ten million job openings - unemployment fixed

2) They MUST buy a new car.
Ten million cars ordered - Car Industry fixed

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage -
Housing Crisis fixed

4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university -
Crime rate fixed

5) They MUST buy $50 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week .....
And there's your money back in duty/tax etc


Sorry, Canada's not a dictatorship. You can't influence the behaviour of the citizens in such a way. You can't dictate them what they must do or what they must spend their money on, not to mention that you're going to upset a lot of folks who are already retired and who won't get their million. This is called preferential treatment. It's discriminatory. It's undemocratic. It's unfair.

Leaving the above aside, how does the author propose to fund this programme? Where is he going to get a cool 10 trillion dollars? Surprise, eh? Just FYI, Canada's GDP is less than 2 trillion. So, the whole country must work for more than 5 years, save up, and freeze development just to send some folks to early retirement. That's how stupid this idea is!

And most importantly, where's the analysis that spending this much money would be beneficial to the economy? When would we see a return on this wonderful investment? No information is provided.

On top of this all, any economist would tell you that a sudden increase in spending would trigger the inflation.

And, they even tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable
to locate 125,000 illegal immigrants wandering around our country.
Maybe we should give each of them a cow.


The cows don't have the freedom of movement. They live in a farm and their calves are registered at birth. So, they can be easily tracked if a problem (a disease) is found after they have been sold because the records are kept of where they were relocated to.

Think about this ... If you don't want to forward this for fear of
offending someone -- YOU ARE
PART OF THE PROBLEM! It is time for us grumpy old folk of Canada to speak up![/indent]


And I'm curious what you've done in your life, what your achievements are, and why should we even bother to read such non-sense. Mr. Harper's secretary would surely "file" this letter as trash.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 08:48

Mr. Harper's secretary would surely "file" this letter as trash.


So what you're saying is, he'd move it right to the top of his agenda and push it through. :shifty:

#9 moloko

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:20

You do realize that 1 million dollars is not enough to retire on right?
so they have to pay off the house.. meaning they will never be able to leave for a long time in this economy.
pay for the kids school. That can be VERY expensive. My school was 20k a year and that is cheap.
They MUST retire? What will they do? Many older people work to not be bored.
Crime rate fixed just by having people go to college. FALSE.


Government gave me a million dollars to retire first thing I would do is sell my house and car at a very low price.....And leave for a southeastern asian country to live a quiet life. There I know I could have a nice house, maids, pool, and work a small job doing or not doing as much as I want.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 16:51

It doesn't make sense. It's unprofessional. It's stupid. It sucks.



This is false. Canada's total labour force is about 18.5 million people. And looking at the Canada's population pyramid, it can be seen that there are roughly 8.5 million people in total in the 50-65 age bracket. Not all of them work.



Sorry, Canada's not a dictatorship. You can't influence the behaviour of the citizens in such a way. You can't dictate them what they must do or what they must spend their money on, not to mention that you're going to upset a lot of folks who are already retired and who won't get their million. This is called preferential treatment. It's discriminatory. It's undemocratic. It's unfair.

Leaving the above aside, how does the author propose to fund this programme? Where is he going to get a cool 10 trillion dollars? Surprise, eh? Just FYI, Canada's GDP is less than 2 trillion. So, the whole country must work for more than 5 years, save up, and freeze development just to send some folks to early retirement. That's how stupid this idea is!

And most importantly, where's the analysis that spending this much money would be beneficial to the economy? When would we see a return on this wonderful investment? No information is provided.

On top of this all, any economist would tell you that a sudden increase in spending would trigger the inflation.



The cows don't have the freedom of movement. They live in a farm and their calves are registered at birth. So, they can be easily tracked if a problem (a disease) is found after they have been sold because the records are kept of where they were relocated to.



And I'm curious what you've done in your life, what your achievements are, and why should we even bother to read such non-sense. Mr. Harper's secretary would surely "file" this letter as trash.


I like this. A really good analysis of the letter. Thanks :)

#11 +zhiVago

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:03

I should probably add that point number five...

5) They MUST buy $50 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week .....
And there's your money back in duty/tax etc


is a complete joke. Health Canada warns that smoking kills so doing such a thing would be absolutely counterproductive to the state's anti-tobacco policy. And no sane government would do this.



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