April 22, 2015

Leftwing critic: "This budget is great if you like inequality"

Brian LilleyArchive

The new budget lets Canadians keep more of their money -- but Rick Smith of the Broadbent Institute isn't happy about it.

He told me, "This budget is great if you like inequality, or if you're one of the richest 5% of Canadians."

I challenge his contention that the budget takes money from the middle class and gives it to the rich.

Smith insists that his Institute doesn't actually object to all tax cuts, but explains why he objects to the income-splitting plan.

We spar on other issues. He fumbles a bit when confronted with the facts on global warming, for instance.

Who do you think won the debate? Let me know!

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commented 2015-04-28 08:27:55 -0400
Good debate as always Brian. I found entertaining especially when these same environmental groups will use the IPCC reports only when it agrees with their narrative, then calls it false (basically calling them liars) when the report contradicts their narrative. I strongly believe these environmental groups will never be happy. There will always be something, some cause they will dream up to tax business and therefore the citizens of this country so that they live the good life. He doesn’t seem to understand the concept that when you tax industry, we all pay in the end. In my life time, I remember when Styrofoam was bad and killing the ozone layer and we’re all going to die. Then there was the microwave, this will cause cancer and we will all die. Then there was global warming and how if we don’t clean up our atmosphere we are all going to die. Then when that report was widely debunked, they changed the name to climate change. I am sure there are some that I’m missing here, but you get my point. This kind of stuff will never end with them, but one thing is for sure, they are a very powerful group that seems to have ties to political governments around the world and the only constant thing is we pay more, more,more!!!!!! And there are plenty of people like AL Gore that are going to make Billions off if this scam, under the disguise of cleaning the planet!!!!! What a joke we are for jot taking a strong enough stand to tell these people just to shut the hell up already.
commented 2015-04-23 14:26:40 -0400
The only inequality happening is the difference in facts between Brian and Rick. If Rick had read the budget he would have seen that the tax credit for income splitting is capped at$2000 which still leaves one income families way behind two income families in tax fairness. Maybe if he didn’t want to run everyone’s life he could see that personal choices are still personal.
commented 2015-04-23 14:26:39 -0400
The only inequality happening is the difference in facts between Brian and Rick. If Rick had read the budget he would have seen that the tax credit for income splitting is capped at$2000 which still leaves one income families way behind two income families in tax fairness. Maybe if he didn’t want to run everyone’s life he could see that personal choices are still personal.
commented 2015-04-23 11:51:08 -0400
I love the way this left wing liar uses the u.n. reports when they support his lies, and then just ugnores the same u.n. reports when he doesn’t like them.

Typical left wing liar.
commented 2015-04-22 21:16:22 -0400
it was nice to listen to someone with strong bias from the dark side, I enjoy hearing what fuels a left’s argument on various opinions.
commented 2015-04-22 21:10:54 -0400
Good sport he may be, but his facts, logic, and ideology are just retarded.
commented 2015-04-22 20:29:18 -0400
Brian, I’m sorry I had to kill this video early when the Dipper started tripping into unicorn rainbow land (which was basically from the get go) It’s obvious why the Dips will likely never form a federal government – because aside from fantasy running their narratives, they lack rudimentary cognitive skills.
commented 2015-04-22 20:04:03 -0400
That was fun, Brian. Rick Smith was a good sport.
commented 2015-04-22 20:02:54 -0400
Yeah … I had to stop it 2/3rds of the way through. In my personal opinion he is a stupid idiot. “In our gut we know it is getting warmer” – Sure buddy, what about your most comprehensive science … that says it has not! >.<
commented 2015-04-22 19:44:17 -0400
This guy is a liar.

The health care transfer payments have been increasing 6% every year since Harper took office in 2006. BUT, when the Lieberals were in office they REDUCED the health care payments.

I so much wish there was some law that required politicians to tell the truth.

Brian Lilley, I know you have to not be too confrontational if you ever want him or other left wingers to talk to you again, but certain you could challenge his most blatant lies.
commented 2015-04-22 19:08:24 -0400
Is there a “leftist” organization that DOESN’T believe in big spending (which means big taxes)?
commented 2015-04-22 18:41:41 -0400
Did you ever notice, the people that say this budget sucks are in the top 5% of wealthy Canadians. Think about it.
commented 2015-04-22 18:23:38 -0400

Maybe that’ll work.
commented 2015-04-22 18:19:08 -0400
You’re a winner Brian. So you won.

I thought it was generous of you to refer to the 18 year stop in the rise of temperature as an ‘hiatus’. His flustered non-response suggested that it was the first time he’d heard anything about it. My guess was that he didn’t know what you meant by IPCC. His evident lack of knowledge reminded me of David Suzuki’s appearance on Australian TV when a member of the audience asked him a question that involved reference by abbreviation to official temperature measuring stations. Suzuki didn’t have a clue. Well, he did. But he didn’t hear it. I guess that in cults of any kind members only need to know the lines that they’re fed.
Given the extent of energy fraud and robbery seen in Ontario over the past few years, the introduction of cap and trade should make us nervous.

commented 2015-04-22 18:18:20 -0400
cuts…maximum salary for members of parilment PRIME MINISTER $110 K CABINNET MINISTER $100-K MEMBER OF PARLIMENT 80-K highest salary for any worker in the federal government $80-K 20% CUT to ALL SALARIES OUCH OUCH NO NO.
Remember if you strike you may find we really don’t need you. and if we don’t need you just close the department
commented 2015-04-22 18:04:54 -0400
Can’t these damned leftists ever come up with something other than the tired old worn out memes they constantly vomit about inequality and the rich are evil and all that? Really leftists. Try to stand for FREEDOM for a change. The only freedom they seem to stand for is the freedom to be a pervert or sexual deviant.
commented 2015-04-22 18:03:43 -0400
“people know it in their gut”…ahh, the power of suggestion is a powerful thing. Most, and I mean 99.999% of people have short memories or they simply haven’t lived long enough to experience real weather fluctuations year to year. In either case, they can say whatever they want and most of sheeple will swallow it, digest it, absorb it in their gut and…well, you know the rest.
commented 2015-04-22 17:18:40 -0400
Broadbent’s Rick Smith speaks in jargon and can’t make a point that sticks or speak a solution that wouldn’t mean being taxed to death. For the record, Joe Oliver was a former investment banker with Merrill Lynch and CEO for the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. Has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a credible financial expert.

According to Mr. Oliver, let’s see what he has done. Doubled the TFSA amount to $10,000. Has reduced the minimum withdrawal for a senior’s RRIF so they can keep one third more. Improved family package for income splitting where two-thirds will go to the lower income and 25% more goes to families with less than $30,000 per year. The Family Benefit is increasing in a progressive system.

In Toronto, transfers have increased by 88% since the Conservatives came into office, in social program payments and increased equalization for the have-not province of Ontario. An increase to 1 billion dollars each year for transit projects. In addition, 75 billion dollars are targeted for infrastructure, of which, 53B of it to municipalities for projects.

We are a resource economy and this sector has taken a recent hit but this budget shows a definite effort to organize some breaks for working people. 15 private sector economists gave their projections and input to this budget. If you want to reduce your taxes this is a good budget. As for elusive global warming, what’s your gut feeling and how are lake levels where you are?
commented 2015-04-22 17:00:49 -0400
Perfect equality was tried in the USSR, worked good for them. Perfect equality worked so well in Communist China that they are moving rapidly towards more capitalism.

There is going to be a 23% cut in EI premiums, that affects EVERYONE who works.

Climate change rigorously studied!!!? WTF?? Weather haywire?? WTF???? This guy is totally deluded!!! There is NOTHING happening in the climate beyond normal variation.
commented 2015-04-22 16:43:14 -0400
This guy exemplifies Saul Alinski’s 11th Rule for Radicals
RULE 11:
“The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy
score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If
you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have
an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to
wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)
commented 2015-04-22 16:26:31 -0400
roflmao … this guy is typical. If all else fails, just state you don’t believe whatever document that goes against your agenda. And the budget is actually a positive according to the Canadian Taxpayers Association, and many many other interests. Not the left though, because heaven forbid taxes of any form should never go down. That is against the socialist principle and bigger intrusive government.
commented 2015-04-22 16:24:28 -0400
According to Rick Smith of the NDP’s Broadbent Institute, “This budget is great if you like inequality”. What else would you expect from a socialist whose thinking would be aligned with the “Program of the Communist Party of Canada” whose manta is “Canada’s Future is Socialism!”: http://www.parti-communiste.ca/?page_id=17
For example, “Communists will struggle to win support for the most advanced program of political, economic and social transformation possible in line with the changing conditions. The program must aim…(2) to redistribute wealth and raise the living standards and conditions of life for the vast majority of the people”…take “Measures to redistribute wealth”.
Brian, glad you challenged him with regard to climate change one of “the important programs they are advocating”; that was so entertaining! So out of touch with reality. He would never get challenged in that way by the CBC. I wonder if he will be willing to do another interview with The Rebel? According to this ideologue, forget the science or what the data show, “people know it in their guts”. If so, why? Because they have heard it said so often by the ‘progressive’ MSM.
commented 2015-04-22 16:04:54 -0400
common brian couldnt you pick a tougher opponent than the broadbent institute…