Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Daily Digest March 25, 2009


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ARCHIVED at http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/

EDITORIAL PAGEs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Time well spent?
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=235468&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Protesters off to slow start
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=235251&sc=30

CAPE BRETON POST -
Healthy gaming idea challenged
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=235262&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Credit revival: Bonus for Mr. Geithner
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1113081.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
At last, Petro-Canada makes itself useful
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/last+Petro+Canada+makes+itself+useful/1425034/story.html

Ignatieff is a rookie, but he's learning fast
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/op-ed/Ignatieff+rookie+learning+fast/1425047/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Welcoming the stranger
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Welcoming+stranger/1424604/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Redefining Israel
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1493729

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Brace for the new tax on everything
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1493421

TORONTO STAR -
The real Russkie threat
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/607644

Learning from race data
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/607639

GLOBE & MAIL -
Celebrity death, overdue action
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090324.weHelmets25/BNStory/specialComment/home

Mr. McGuinty's test
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090324.weInfrastructure25/BNStory/specialComment/home

Loss of courage
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090324.weDalai25/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
National Post editorial board: Is this really the best time for Ontario to harmonize its sales tax?
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/25/jonathan-kay-sensitive-economic-climate-not-a-time-for-a-complicated-tax.aspx

A time for global action
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424247

Keep Mexico's violence in perspective
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424248

Hold the beef
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424249

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Deal shouldn't pump up prices 
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/536335

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
 If he didn't laugh, he'd have to cry
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1494260

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
ECONOMIC CRISIS: BLESSING IN DISGUISE?
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1493815

K-W RECORD -
Involve parents in sex education  
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/509115

A hopeful sign for the economy  
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/509108

Harper's Conservatives continue to nurture gun registry issue
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/508472

WINDSOR STAR -
Stimulus plan
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Stimulus+plan/1424875/story.html

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Optimism feels better
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/optimism-feels-better-41816122.html

WINNIPEG SUN -
Ottawa must get to work on EI benefits
http://www.winnipegsun.com/comment/editorial/

Life sentence for teenage killer appropriate
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/life-sentence-for-teenage-killer-appropriate-41816127.html

Harper counts on hardcore
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/harper-counts-on-hardcore-41816087.html

Canada is bigger than this
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/canada-is-bigger-than-this-41816012.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
World leaders need to listen to own advice
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/World+leaders+need+listen+advice/1424744/story.html

REGINA LEADER-POST -
In our own backyard: HIV infection crisis
http://www.leaderpost.com/opinion/backyard+infection+crisis/1426008/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Afghanistan is easy to conquer, tough to hold
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=02dce58f-bbd0-4c74-9430-8e509ae66635

Losing the right to say, 'never again'
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=32adc83f-7406-4f5a-9d4f-6cfb9568ebcb

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Make helmets mandatory
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Make_helmets_mandatory_41823592.html

Let the market pick winners and losers
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Let_the_market_pick_winners_and_losers_41823407.html

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
B.C. should ban hand-held cell use while driving
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20090324183169/opinion/editorials/b.c.-should-ban-hand-held-cell-use-while-driving.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
British MP gains from hamfisted decision
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=f4fba1e3-7e9c-4627-9f0b-76987a77eda6

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
A stimulus for reform
http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/editorials/stimulus+reform/1425157/story.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Green' projects cry for analysis
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=c9f0efe9-032f-4bf2-a66f-d928cb772423

Aboriginal title has not been forgotten
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=edf1174a-70fd-42e1-b57b-fdb931aa5977

ISSUES

AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Afghan quagmire
http://www.paperarticles.com/search/label/Afghanistan

Rebuilding Afghanistan will be long, costly effort
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jNahQ2OKCQSpHRYoY7DuBAYnpDOwD975742G0

NATO needs better Afghan coordination, Obama says
http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-38704520090326


CANADIAN FORCES -
Snowbird jets may have to fly into the sunset: MacKay
http://www.canada.com/news/national/Snowbird+jets+have+into+sunset+MacKay/1427813/story.html

The Lost Leopards Of Canada
http://www.strategypage.com/dls/articles/The-Lost-Leopards-Of-Canada-3-24-2009.asp


CANUSA/USACAN -
Casual days of the past are over at Canada-U.S. border
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090325.wborder25/BNStory/International/home

No letup on border, U.S. says
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/608364

Canadian focus to narrow as U.S. joins mission in Kandahar
U.S. forces likely to be more pro-active, which will increase violence in the short term

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090325.wafghan25/BNStory/International/home

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Budget officer predicts sharper recession, greater deficit  - all 71 news articles »
http://www.canada.com/business/fp/Budget+officer+predicts+sharper+recession+greater+deficit/1427412/story.html

CBC to cut 800 jobs, sell $125M in assets
http://www.canada.com/news/national/jobs+sell+125M+assets/1426856/story.html

Suncor to unfreeze $20.6B expansion
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424264


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Liquid war: Welcome to Pipelineistan
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/KC26Ag01.html

First the Danes, now the French lay claim to Canadian resources
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424200

Canada-France relations face seabed battle
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424243

Cannon slams French bid for Atlantic shelf rightsComment41
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090325.wcfrance0325/BNStory/politics/home


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Autism therapy under attack
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1113124.html

 Belinda Stronach talks about her breast cancer
http://www.thestar.com/HealthZone/Yourhealth/article/608248


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
The ethics of allowing babies to die
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/op-ed/ethics+allowing+babies/1425048/story.html

Ottawa girds for polygamy challenge
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424203

Online tool draws fire from privacy watchdog
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424208

Neo-Con Ideologues Launch New Foreign Policy Group
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=46272


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
DANNY WILLIAMS WON'T LET CANADA SPEAK ON NFLD'S BEHALF ON WORLD STAGE
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jOf9rpezztUHFI6OofsO6SnBokIA

McGuinty willing to fight for blended sales tax
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/607835

No harmony in merged taxes
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/christina_blizzard/2009/03/25/8873161-sun.html

Economy leaps to top of B.C. voter concerns
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090325/BC_angus_reid_poll_090325/20090325/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome


FEDERAL POLITICS -
We're out of time, we're out of time'
Liberals hope to spin their way out of an email to donors that outlines a way to skirt the rules and double up on contributions http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/25/steve-janke-liberal-in-and-out-scheme-leaves-ignatieff-scratching-for-answers.aspx

Lisa Raitt, minister for the unexpected
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/25/don-martin-lisa-raitt-minister-for-the-unexpected.aspx

Opposition strategy on auto bailout pictures Clement as roadkill
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/25/john-ivison-opposition-strategy-on-auto-bailout-pictures-clement-as-roadkill.aspx

Tories down and out in Quebec – and know it
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090324.wcosimp25/BNStory/specialComment/home


PROGRAMMES -
British MP takes Canadian ban to court all 538 news articles »
Galloway's lawyers request review of Ottawa's decision and demand injunction allowing him to enter country for speaking tour http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090325.wgalloway0325/BNStory/National/home

Lawyers for banned British MP launch challenges
http://thechronicleherald.ca/includes/video1.php

Jewish group proud of role in barring Galloway 
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/608405

CBC debate English-only, so far
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1113082.html

Suncor offer tests rules on competition
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424312
Tories to end '2-for-1' sentencing guide
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/608111

Lawyers reject Tory plan to limit 'two-for-one' credit for prisonersComment
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090325.wtwoforone0325/BNStory/National/home

Canada regulator may allow TV fee-for-carriage
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090325/canada/canada_us_broadcasters_fees


PRESSURE POINTS -
Another 'Green Revolution'
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424305

The fierce urgency of now
Yes, windmills and dams deface the landscape but the climate crisis demands immediate action
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/607657

Prime Minister Harper, turn off your lights 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/607658


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Bailouts that reward the guilty
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/607656

Feminism's deadly fallout
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1424309

Should the polygamy ban stand?
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/25/podcast-should-canada-s-ban-on-polygamy-stand.aspx

A tale from the 2009 depression
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/25/jonathan-kay-a-tale-from-the-2009-depression.aspx

Why obesity is not a lifestyle choice
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090324.wcoobesity25/BNStory/specialComment/home

Canada wrong to exclude Galloway
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/9626

Jewish Canadians Concerned About Suppression of Criticism of Israel
http://www.pacificfreepress.com/news/1/3857-jewish-canadians-concerned-about-suppression-of-criticism-of-israel.html


INFOS -
Radio-Canada -Le couperet tombe
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/03/25/003-radio-canada_compressions.shtml

Le syndicat de Radio-Canada blâme les conservateurs
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/arts/television-et-radio/200903/25/01-840219-le-syndicat-de-radio-canada-blame-les-conservateurs.php

Système carcéral -Abolir le temps compté en double
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/03/25/002-temps-criminels-abolition.shtml

Listériose -L'ACIA suspend des tests
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/03/25/001-ACIA-report-test.shtml

Demandes d'asile  Le Canada, terre de prédilection
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2009/03/24/005-Demandes_asile_augmentation.shtml

Chambre des communes - Feu vert au fonds d'urgence
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/03/24/003-ottawa-fonds-urgence.shtml

Visite au Canada - Bravade anticipée de George Galloway
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2009/03/24/004-galloway_frontiere.shtml

Kandahar: le nombre d'attentats a doublé
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/03/25/241630.html

Enquête nationale sur la maternité - Peu de mères allaitent exclusivement plus de six mois
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/03/25/241632.html

Assurance-emploi: Ottawa tente d'accélérer le traitement
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/03/25/241611.html

L'effet Ignatieff se maintient au Québec
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/25/01-840213-leffet-ignatieff-se-maintient-au-quebec.php

L'interdiction de séjour au Canada de George Galloway dénoncée
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/25/01-840122-linterdiction-de-sejour-au-canada-de-george-galloway-denoncee.php

Des avocats contestent l'interdiction de séjour au Canada de George Galloway
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/25/01-840236-des-avocats-contestent-linterdiction-de-sejour-au-canada-de-george-galloway.php

Le déficit du fédéral va probablement augmenter plus que prévu
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090325/N0325196AU.html

Terre-Neuve ne permettra pas à Ottawa de parler en son nom à l'étranger
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090325/N0325106AU.html

La France demandera à l'ONU d'élargir ses droits territoriaux au large de T.-N.
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090325/N0325154AU.html


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THE FINAL DECISION . . .

 Amazingly, the final decision in a case that has involved several government offices, two national Parliaments, and drawn media attention on both sides of the Atlantic, will belong to one person.

A uniformed border guard.

"(People trying to enter) have an interview with a CBSA officer," Kenney said.

"Someone who has been flagged with a preliminary assessment of inadmissibility is obviously going to get bigger scrutiny.

"But that border officer . . . makes what's called a fresh decision. That border officer looks at all the information and makes a decision on admissibility." http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/608405

. . . will take how much time for the final decision maker to arrive at if "all the information" is looked at?

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===================================Daily Digest March 24, 2009
From: "Bernard J Finestone"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest March 22, 2009

Dear Joe,
Rebecca Gingrich is doing an excellent job advancing anti-semitism. She really does not need help from Galloway.
HCol  Bernard J Finestone,  CD, CdeG (Ret)

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What would be the term for someone critical of actions of the state of Israel?
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From: "Bernard J Finestone"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest March 24, 2009

Dear Editor,
Rebecca Gingrich says the Hamas is a democratic party and merits support. How democratic is 8,000 missiles fired mostly at Israeli women and children ?  And the majority fired at the times children are in the streets coming and going to school. How many missiles would Rebecca like to change her prejudiced mind ?
HCol  Bernard J Finestone,  CD, CdeG (Ret)

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From: Ron Thornton

Hi Joe:

In regards to the March 24th Digest, the story from the GLOBE & MAIL - "Cold blood and adult penalties", where a 15-year old girl urges her boyfriend, over a long period of time, to kill a 14-year old girl she had not even met. She got life, though there is a chance she could get probation in 5 years. As I read this, I wondered if this was the type of sweet innocent the good folks in Quebec got all upset about protecting from bad ole Stephen Harper's vision of justice. Funny, my own reaction seems a bit in the other direction.

I came across the article in the Calgary Herald - "When science gets religious, watch out" and I was reminded that those who are part of the Global Warming cult continue in their attempts to hijack the whole concept of scientific study and debate when it comes to their "religion." I guess I would have to agree with the headline.

Thanks again, Joseph.

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From: Charles Tupper
Subject: Letter to PM Harper re: the Barring of Honourable Mr. George Galloway MP. by Wayne Prante
http://www.radicalpress.com/?p=954

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From: "Grenville Rogers"
Subject: Censorship in Canada

Hello Joe   -  
 
Rebecca Gingrich is absolutely correct in observing that "George Galloway was banned from Canada because the masters of Canada, the JDL, demanded it". She is correct, too, in saying "That is the one and only reason this occurred."
People such as PM Harper and Jason Kenney are naive goy front-men for the Israel Lobby in Canada. 
 
Being bereft of evidence to disprove Gingrich's statement, Bernie Finestone HCol, A-G, CD, CdeG(Ret) etc, etc,  demonstrates such lack by resorting to the meaningless, vacuous charge of anti-semitism.
 
Canada needs a 'George Galloway' as Prime Minister, to stand up for Canada and Freedom of Expression.
 
Grenville Rogers
grogers@vianet.ca

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From: Rebecca Gingrich

Subject: A great LTE re Galloway--don't forget--the Taliban eradicated the  heroin growing/drug trade--who did that impact?

Re: 'I'll be heard in Canada': Galloway, March 24.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will not allow British MP George Galloway to enter Canada citing national security concerns. What threat does Galloway pose to Canadians?

Well, he ruthlessly, and with malice of forethought, led a humanitarian convoy into Gaza and delivered much needed medical supplies to Palestinians who desperately needed it. But there's more.

Galloway has also called Stephen Harper's foreign policy "a joke", claiming that Canada's military is helping support a warlord government in Afghanistan that has increased the production of heroin in that country by 700 per cent since the arrival of the Canadian military. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Galloway+words+threat/1424597/story.html

Subject: RE: DD

Joe--correct me if I am wrong, but is HCol Bernard Finestone confirming that George Galloway is being banned from Canada because he is anti-semitic???  I would like to thank him for agreeing with what I wrote. 
Galloway is just trying to aid people who were decimated by an invasion of bombs, guns and white phosphorous, DIME weapons, bombing of schools, hospitals, ambulances, shooting of unarmed civilians including women and children, destruction of their land and their denial of basic human needs, by israel.  But then, I guess we are killling and being killed in Afghanistan to bring them democracy and freedom while the Palestinians are not worthy of notice???
I wear the anti-semitic name proudly if it means that I have empathy to those who are being destroyed systematically with the support of our disgusting governments.  Reality bites--and I refuse to be browbeaten by slurs and lies to force me to ignore despicable behaviour on the part of any one.  Evil is evil no matter the stripe.

becky

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Subject: Citizens' Forum For Better Government In Canada
From: Charles Conn <info@tapc.ca>

Hi Joe. I wonder if I could prevail upon you for a second-time favour regarding our upcoming Forum. The last date for the early bird rate is March 31, so we need a last-minute push.

The purpose of this one-day meeting is to hear speakers, exchange ideas and propose ways to improve governments' responsiveness to citizens¹ voices.

Gerry Nicholls and Jonathan Kay will be our speakers.

The Forum will be held on Saturday April 18, 2009 at the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn in Oakville Ontario. You can go to our web site http://tapc.ca for details, and the opportunity to register. We believe that the package, which includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack break, represents excellent value.

The organization hosting this Citizens Forum is The Association of Principled Canadians. TAPC is a fully registered, not-for-profit organization, duly chartered by Industry Canada, governed by strict By Laws, and managed by an elected Board of Directors and Executive. TAPC is not a political party, nor does it aim to advance any agenda other than effective and accountable government for all Canadians.

Thanks for helping out, Joe.

Charles W. Conn, President,
The Association of Principled Canadians.

905-212-9111

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From: "Mahmood Elahi"
To: "Letters to the Editor" <lettertoed@thestar.ca>
Cc: <lmcquaig@sympatico.ca>, "Joe Hueglin" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: "Satanic optimism" of unregulated capitalism

The Editor
The Toronto Star
 
"Satanic optimism" of unregulated capitalism
 
Re "Getting a grip on greed," by Linda McQuaig (March 24).
 
Pope Pius XI once remarked: "Totalitarian communism and unregulated capitalism are united in their satanic optimism." The "satanic optimism" of totalitarian communism stems from the belief that all exploitation of man by man can only be eliminated by public ownership of all means of production. The "satanic optimism" of unregulated capitalism stems from the belief that peace and prosperity can only be achieved through unrestricted self-regulatory market forces.
 
The collapse of the Soviet communism shows the former is wrong and the collapse of the world's iconic capitalist organizations like Enron, AIG, Merril Lynch and others shows the latter is equally wrong. What we need is a well-regulated market where the government, citizens groups, press and other public institutions will keep a watch on corporate greed unleashed by years of wild unregulated market forces. This means taxes on the rich will be much higher to pay for greater social spendings on education, health care, environment and law-enforcement. It will be a different kind of capitalism where social responsibility will replace greed. Profits must be shared and not spent on wasteful personal spendings as Bernie Maddoff and Conrad Black have done. It is not surprising that both of these corporate giants are spending their times in jail for corporate fraud.    
 
MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: "Phyllis Wagg"
Subject: For the Digest

Moving in the Wrong Direction?
 
There has not been a great deal of comment here recently on the way governments are handling the economic crisis.  In my opinion, both the Canadian and U.S. governments are going about the issue in the worst possible manner.
 
  I had great hopes for Obama but they have been dashed.  He does appear to understand the problem but not the solution.  He is eager to cater to those elements in the U.S. that have led to the crisis and he has given them even more rope to hang the United States.  The public display of disgust over the financial compensation for executives rewarded by government bailouts does not alter the reality that they are being rewarded.
 
The policies adopted by Obama will transfer massive wealth from the poor to the rich.  It is interesting that during the campaign Obama talked about a redistribution of wealth.  I don't believe anyone, including his Republican opponent, thought that he intended to adopt policies that would transfer wealth up the economic scale. That is precisely what he is doing. 
 
A small proportion of the money will probably find its way into the pockets of other socio-economic groups.  Most of the money will find its way into the pockets of financial capitalists and as such will do little to kick-start the economy.  Even if it does have some minor impact on the real economy, it will only be because the levels of debt, both public and personal, will rise to even further unsustainable levels deepening the economic crisis down the road. 
 
It is possible that he believes the inflationary impact of the infusion of money into the system will make it simpler for people to pay off or at least pay down debt.  However, globalization makes that less likely because so much production is no longer controlled by the U.S. consumer.  Inflation in the cost of goods and services produced globally will not find its way back into the pay packets of workers.  In fact, the policy will encourage countries to leave the U.S. monetary standards and opt for the Euro or push for a global currency depressing the value of the U.S. dollar.  In the long term that could result in returned production to the U.S. but it would create massive poverty and social strife in the meantime.
 
This situation may not be surprising given the way the capitalist system has evolved.  In the hierarchy of today's "conventional wisdom" financial capital finds itself on the top of the pyramid while productive capital has been downgraded.  The "greed" of the financial capitalist is being rewarded.  The excuse for rewarding greed is that the greediest financial capitalist has become so wealthy that they have become the controlling factor in society and "are too big to fail."  They are seen as more important than democratic government.  Governments are being sacrificed to the power of the financial capitalist.
 
Our government has been given carte blanche to follow the Obama lead.  The only thing is that I can hope that my analysis is wrong.  That somehow these government policies will not fail, the poor and even the relatively well off will not become poorer, that somewhere the money will be found to pay-off the debts imposed on behalf of financial capital, and that both Americans and Canadians, who are so dependent on the U.S. market, will not end up in dire straits.
 
Phyllis Wagg

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From: "Jacob Rempel"
Subject: Reference: Daily Digest March 22, 2009  -- HCol  Bernard J Finestone,  CD, CdeG (Ret)
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Reference: Daily Digest March 22, 2009
Dear Joe,
Rebecca Gingrich is doing an excellent job advancing
anti-semitism. She really does not need help from Galloway.
HCol  Bernard J Finestone,  CD, CdeG (Ret)
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My  response to Mr.Finestine:
Finestine and the JDL never mention how very many Jewish
persons in Canada, in the USA and yes in Israel, say exactly
what Rebecca Gingerich and George Galloway say about
the actions of the State of Israel. Indeed by saying the same
criticisms they often put at risk their livelihood, their personal
relationships, and sometimes their personal security.
They dearly love their own Jewish people, and they
Want to rescue them from their own folly.
---Jacob R., Vancouver, Canada

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From: "Don Keir"
Subject: Selecting a governing party

Publisher is Alan Heisey, 38 Avoca Avenue, L.P.H #6, Toronto, ON, 
Canada, M4T 2B9
Phone 416 923 5381, <hize@earthlink.net> Emailed from Naples.

Winning 12 of Toronto's 23 ridings, one Spring at a time
 
When  I read this type orf rant, it makes the problims of our country seem obvious. It is all about winning an election, nothing about correcting problems or overcoming difficulties and believe me, if anyone takes the time and makes the effort get their information from somewhere orher than the mainstream media they will find that there are plenty of problems that must be corrected if human life is going to survive  on this planet.
 
Don Keir

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From: John Halonen

Some things that seem to concern me.

Perhaps I am wrong.

Why does Canada accept those from other Countries to have children in our Hospitals?  Many after delivery seem to return to their native countries.

Are they treated like those of our nation to be eligible for benefits?   ie:  can they receive Canadian benefits even if they do not live in Canada (many perhaps within a week),

Or is it that we as a country believe that all children have the right to have the best hospital care, no matter where they were conceived?

John Halonen

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From: "Jacob Rempel"
Subject: info on the actions of the State of Israel

Joe ----
You may not wish to overload the DIGEST with this stuff.
Your readers do have much of this already.
 ---- Jacob Rempel
 
An Army of Extremists
How some military rabbis are trying to radicalize Israeli soldiers.
By Christopher Hitchens
Recent reports of atrocities committed by Israeli soldiers in the course of the intervention in Gaza have described the incitement of conscripts and reservists by military rabbis who characterized the battle as a holy war for the expulsion of non-Jews from Jewish land.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22290.htm
 
Israel accused of indiscriminate phosphorus use in Gaza:
Human Rights Watch report claims Israel committed war crimes in its use of air-burst white phosphorus artillery shells
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/25/israel-white-phosphorus-gaza
 
Israel accused of indiscriminate phosphorus use in Gaza:
Human Rights Watch report claims Israel committed war crimes in its use of air-burst white phosphorus artillery shells
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/25/israel-white-phosphorus-gaza
 
Israel's world standing falls:
Israeli newspapers published soldiers' testimonies, including evidence that troops shot at unarmed civilians and vandalised homes. Some said they were issued with lax rules of engagement that placed little value on the safety of Gazan civilians.
http://snipurl.com/ek75x
 
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