No YOU are Wrong Sir!
Can’t say as I have been watching too closely the election tom foolery this week. Even the debates seemed mostly the nerds taking on the schoolyard bully (in the English debates the bully was Mr. Harper in the French Debates it was Mr. Duceppe), but everyone keeps expecting another Mulroney/Turner type debacle, but these leaders have been too highly coached to make the same mistakes Mr. Turner made. Frankly it was all mostly a big yawn, but Jack Layton making a few “techno-hip dude” comments, which were fun to read about the next day (Epic Hashtag Fail, nice touch Jack).
Lots of talk of changing things to make things better for the Canadian Family, and woo’ing the younger voter and such, but not a lot of new and exciting things either. Maybe I am jaded by the number of elections in the past few years, but this all seems very old hat to me. Gone are the exciting days of Trudeau-mania, now we sort of live in a white bread, dull, colourless political world. No swagger from any of the leaders (Layton’s leather jacket seems to be as bombastic as any of them might go), this election might bore the voters to death if they are not careful.
Some statistics this week, and a few personal finance discussion points from me this week:
- With Unemployment Inches Down, and Employment Hovers for March 2011, we see some continuing good news on the job front, but will these good numbers continue throughout the summer?
- Do you have a Spring To Do List ? I do, and it keeps growing, but we’ll have to think about it closely given there are some must do tasks on the list.
- For those of us (like me) who are still carrying debt the Continuing Loose Money Policies of the Bank of Canada is good news, however, there are black clouds on the horizon (did I say Inflation?).
- Are you wondering What To Do With Your Tax Rebate ? Look no further I have a few ideas (pay down debt), for you.
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More interesting talking points on the Election and other ideas from our other friends in the Financial Blogosphere:
- Michael James speaks the Yang worship word, which is forbidden in his post, Tax Freedom Day, and an official atta boy/girl for the first comment that mentions which Original Star Trek episode I am referencing.
- Tom over at Canadian Finance Blog asks How Much Mortgage Can I Afford ? Me, I already know since I already got one, how about you?
- Canadian Capitalist points out Why 30 Year Olds are Screwed, which is the point of view of Kurt Rosentreter, glad to hear he thinks we 50 year olds are OK, however.
- Just to pile on the topic Larry MacDonald adds in Under 30 and Screwed a few more points the author may have missed in the Canadian Capitalist’s post. Sorry folks, I guess I am happy that 50 is not the new 30?
- Ellen Roseman celebrates four years of blogging fun with How to bring back great customer service, but I think she is being optimistic if she thinks it is going to happen at Bell. I am a share holder, I don’t want them being good with customers, that costs money!!!
- Boomer of Boomer and Echo points out How Baby Boomers Influenced the Banking Industry, that is saying like how the Tsunami influenced Japan.
- Preet shows he is a man of great understanding in his Globe post Is hiring help worth the price? Yes, if you hate chores, which is my Father’s theory. He knew he could do the job, he’d much rather have someone else do the job well.
- Financial Highway asks a trick question I guess Should You Let Your Kids Move Back In, and of course the answer is absolutely not! Yes, I might let my kids move back in for a short period, but I am not letting them know that, they’ll be back on me like Locusts on the savanna.
- Sustainable Personal Finance points out the power of the Internet with Sustainability Tip #102: E-file , and oh, if you live in the US, have you done your taxes?!?
- Sandy at YesIamCheap asks What is Keeping You From Finding a Job? The fact that I have one is slowing me down right now.
Carnivals this Week
I also had some submissions accepted to various carnivals, so go have a read of these as well:
- Thousandaire hosted the Totally Money Blog Carnival #13 which featured my post Security: The Most Important Financial Concept
- Money Management hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance – Financial Literacy Edition which featured my post On Line Financial Services.
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“We’re gonna win this one, take the country by storm
We’re gonna be elected
You and me together, young and strong”
Author: Alice Cooper (bet you thought it was the new Liberal catch phrase eh?)
Thanks for the mention BCM!
Man of great understanding or man of great laziness? 🙂
Thanks for the mention!
Either way, it’s cool. Rocked the Lang & O’Leary yesterday, lookin DANGEROUS on there…
I’ll admit it: I’m a geekette. The episode is The Omega Glory 🙂
Back to serious topics now.
Excellent, you shall be known as Cloud Lyne … speaker of the Eee plebneesta…
‘Jack Layton making a few “techno-hip dude” comments . . . ‘
Well… he is the video professor after all. He knows of all things technological.
I’ve been reading the platforms trying to find some groundbreaking thing that I can get behind to decide who I would like to vote for. The Liberals promising 12Mbps (1.5MB/s) internet connections available in every community within 3 years is a pretty lofty (and probably unattainable) goal that looks good.
I’ve never been much in to politics and have only voted the past federal and provincial elections. Usually supporting conservatives. However, I’ll pretty much back anyone that has some good, inexpensive, attainable, realistic goals.
The NDPs goal to eventually double the CPP benefit and increase GIS to ensure no senior is living in poverty are noble, but kind of scary goals. CPP already takes 9.9% of a persons income (unless you make way more than the cap), so I take it that means they want to double that to 19.8%?
It’s time for the 30 year-old’s to rise up and take control of this election! Oh wait, we’re too busy buying $300 shoes and taking vacations to even notice what’s going on 😉
Thanks for the mention!
And listening to your rock ‘n roll music on your transistor radios… get a job you punks!!!
I couldn’t stand that “under 30 is screwed” article. Seems to just be a bit of fear-mongering in my opinion. I’m sure our generation will have its challenges, but let’s not go overboard yet…
Fear mongering is what Bloggers do best!!!
THE SKY IS FALLING (too)!