The conservation conversation

Image via www.macleans.ca

Image via www.macleans.ca

Why Conservatives get a bad rap

By Adam Tatelman, Staff Writer

About a week before the Canadian federal election, I asked my nephew whom he would vote for if he were old enough: “I don’t know,” he said, “but I wouldn’t vote for the Conservatives, because they just want everything to stay the same.” I was rather surprised. My nephew, at the ripe age of 11, had already decided that the Conservative government is for shit. It’s a simplistic analysis of course, but one that sounds eerily familiar.

All political parties have a habit of strawmanning one another in the image of their most radical respective supporters; that’s just politics. However, a strong cultural bias against the right has evolved. Conservatives are routinely regarded as out-of-touch fossils who are too greedy to share their ill-gotten gains with those less fortunate. When your average person’s perception of a political party sounds like an attack ad, I start to think that the seeds of this popular opinion are planted early on.

The difference between Liberal and Conservative ideologies is essentially the dichotomy between social welfare and self-reliance and the financial practices resulting from it. This is not to say that Conservatives would like to abolish all social welfare; rather, they want minimal government involvement in such things. Where a Liberal government would universalize these welfare programs, Conservatives are biased towards “user-pay” models.

Consider the Canada Pension Plan. Like income tax, unemployment insurance and medical services pension premiums are a payroll deduction. At age 65, retirees are entitled to reclaim this money at a monthly rate. However, if your yearly income exceeds a certain limit, you will be prohibited from reclaiming the funds. As with all welfare plans, no Canadian citizen may opt out, meaning that the Canadians who pay the highest income tax also pay for a service they are not permitted to use.

The fundamental difficulty with social welfare plans is, once they are instated, they become immortal. The more numerous and readily available they become, the less incentive there is for people to save their own money since the safety nets are so wide and deep. Higher taxes also make for greater welfare reliance, further de-incentivizing personal financial responsibility. This setup both assumes and ensures that no one can save any meaningful amount of money without government assistance.

Furthermore, there is much to suggest that expanding welfare plans is a self-defeating measure. The more social welfare plans are institutionalized, the higher spending budgets climb. This means that income taxes must be hiked in order to maintain the welfare plans. So it’s not free money, and despite constant Liberal advocacy for the working class, their proposed minimum wage hikes would be unnecessary without the tax burden created by their own welfare policies.

A certain amount of social welfare is necessary for those who cannot help themselves: the physically or mentally disabled, for instance. This is where the more conservative idea of user pay comes into play. Since those who need welfare services will be taxed anyway, allow those who wish to save their own money to opt out of any and all welfare plans. Non-compulsory insurance would go a long way toward minimizing the pitfalls of excessive welfare institutionalization by reducing the number of people who rely on it.

When Conservative governments vote down expansions to social welfare plans, it is not done out of some Scrooge McDuck motive, but rather a desire to slow the downward spiral of national indebtedness. Nobody likes to pay income tax, and yet nobody seems to recognize that, in the end, they will always pay for someone’s insurance as long as social welfare continues to expand. The Conservative goal is not to take people’s welfare away, but rather to reduce the need for welfare in the first place.

The Other Press

The Other Press, Douglas College's student newspaper since 1976. Articles, insight and updates from the New West and Coquitlam campuses.

More Posts - Website

4,729 comments on “The conservation conversation
  1. This is Boeing’s contribution to providing an ‘innovative, secure and flexible mobile
    solution,’ according to a Boeing spokesperson. This computer software installs discreetly and no
    matter who is working with the cell phone they will not detect the
    cell phone monitoring software installed.
    There is large number of cases where people have been found misusing their mobile phones in many ways.

  2. Hi there, I discovered your web site by the use of Google whilst searching
    for a similar subject, your web site came up, it seems to be
    great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, simply became aware of your blog via Google, and found that it’s truly informative.
    I am going to watch out for brussels. I’ll appreciate if you happen to proceed this in future.
    A lot of folks will likely be benefited out of your writing.
    Cheers!

  3. Wonderful work! This is the type of information that should be shared across the web.
    Disgrace on the seek engines for not positioning
    this put up upper! Come on over and consult with my site .

    Thank you =)

  4. Hello are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to gett started and create
    my own. Do you require any html coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

  5. A perfect mix of comedy and drama, South Pacific raised the bar for musicals
    everywhere and it has since grown into probably the most watched and revived Broadway productions.
    alongside top actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and
    Dame Judi Dench, to be released inside fall of 2009.
    Whey doing tribal style tattoos, is actually a program should bind shark teeth and animal bones in addition to sticks, and
    then dip them in ink.

  6. It’s perfect time to make some plans for the long run and
    it is time to be happy. I’ve learn this publish and if I may I wish to recommend you some interesting issues or advice.

    Maybe you can write next articles referring to this
    article. I wish to learn more things approximately it!

  7. Great blog here! Also your website loads up fast!
    What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  8. Ꮐreate post. Keep posting suсh kind of information on your
    site. Im reallу impressed by yoսr site.
    Hey there, You have done a great job. I’ⅼl cеrtainly
    digg іt and in my opinion suggest to my friends.
    I’m ѕure tһey will be benefited from thіs websitе.

  9. 카지노사이트 →∽←【 MVP700、com 】%→포커게임사이트 마이크로게임 아시아카지노 ぉ 바카라그림보는법 카지노사이트 33카지노こ 맥스카지노사이트【 MVP700、com 】%→포커게임사이트 바둑이게임방법하는곳 인터넷카지노배우기 っ 인터넷바카라배우기 카지노사이트 애플카지노ず 인터넷바카라추천【 MVP700、com 】%→포커게임사이트 우리바카라추천 카지노랜드 ょ 라이브바카라사이트주소 카지노사이트 서울카지노주소だ 맥스카지노사이트【 MVP700、com 】%→포커게임사이트 신정환카지노싸이트 맥스바카라주소 ぢ 라이브카지노사이트 카지노사이트 국빈카지노사이트る 슬롯머신주소【 MVP700、com 】%→포커게임사이트 신정환카지노싸이트 우리카지노싸이트 ぴ 바카라배우기 카지노사이트 카지노앵벌이사이트な 생방송카지노【 MVP700、com 】%→포커게임사이트 헬로바카라사이트 월드카지노주소 ぼ 아시안카지노룰 카지노사이트 서울카지노주소ゐ 생방송카지노사이트【 MVP700、com 】%→포커게임사이트 필리핀다이사이추천 카지노사이트서울 ぼ 인터넷바카라사이트추천 카지노사이트 마카오카지노주소も 카지노코인【 MVP700、com 】%→포커게임사이트 우리카지노주소 m카지노사이트 ぜ 생중계카지노사이트추천 카지노사이트 에비앙카지노た 바카라사이트주소【 MVP700、com 】%→포커게임사이트 엠바카라주소 생방송카지노배우기 ふ 메가888카지노사이트 카지노사이트 m카지노사이트て 강남카지노

  10. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes
    it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did
    you hire out a designer to create your theme?

    Superb work!

  11. There is ɑlso solme additional support ƅy using safety chains, wһich wіll prevent thе caravan from going too fɑr if it beecomes
    սn-coupled, and stabilizers wһiсһ һelp prevent
    un-balancing. A host of key improvements аre actualⅼy built to this year’ѕ models and гather
    than having yyou delay of these upgrades, Kejdon һas quietly been shipping tһe upgraded models fоr the paast couple ⲟf monthѕ.
    Whenn you arе towing youu һave too be careful tһɑt
    this vehicle is securely fastened toᴡards thee towing truck.

  12. porno muy maduras photos porno porno tias buenas actriz porno rubia buscar peliculas pornograficas sexo tetudas valladolid sexo porno indonesia cachondas porno videos de sexo pilladas protagonista de sexo en nueva york videos porno de policias videos sexo amateur espana sexo
    valencia frances sexo lisa simpson porno contactos
    sexo gratis porno comics aida sexo porno maduras en castellano porno fisting sexo agapornis video de sexo casero peliculas porno de nacho vidal porno gratis dibujos animados videos gratis de porno espanol ver
    videos porno caseros videos porno chicas guapas hardcore porno porno de actrices x porno trio porno anos 60 sexo gratis en ciudad
    real porno para movil video porno movil la mejor actriz porno espanola imagenes de sexo anal relatos
    porno gays sexo mujeres sevilla videos pornos gratis para moviles porno
    amateur gay party porno parejas liberales porno pelis porno
    de maduras gratis porno lesbiana sexo gay espanoles videos de
    sexo gratis casero relatos sexo duro videos sexo con travestis xxx porno sex vidios porno lesvianas

  13. Now that these principal landmarks are in place you can continue drawing the arabesque.
    Then the rolls were provided for the studio in order to get the
    film strips developed ointo photographs. Instead of sitting
    in front of a box throughout the day, actually get your mind taking care of things, learn a song,
    keep the brain active and will also stay active for you.

  14. but [cue for newness] bravery, constancy, and resolution [reverse of submission].

    The goal is always to find a approach to provide a complete response, all while
    focusing on as small a location of investigation as possible.
    Run-on sentences occur because of insufficient punctuation and happen when you become lost inside your
    essay.

  15. Hello, i think that i noticed you visited my blog so i
    got here to return the want?.I’m trying to in finding things to enhance my website!I suppose its good enough to make
    use of some of your ideas!!

  16. If this is the situation then results could be skewed or writer could possibly be
    can not draw any sensible conclusions. Each format pressupposes some formation plus design for citing rephrased
    and echoed resources and only all selections of printed, internet, as well as other types of resources.
    Reading and writing wherever possible certainly is the best strategy to develop a
    writing style.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*