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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The NDP's Credit Card Fee Reduction Kit

Now this is interesting... the NDP is putting out a "Credit Card Fee Reduction Kit" to everyone on their e-mail list... I got mine today.  Have you got yours?

You've got to give them some "credit" (ha ha) for this though, in their continued efforts to portray themselves as the Party of "the working class".  This initiative is one that could get people's attention as being something that will have a positive impact on their daily lives... and if done right, could get some people actually taking another look at today's NDP.

Nice move guys.

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  • At Tue Mar 25, 09:35:00 PM EDT, Blogger BBS said…

    I applaud the NDP on this initiative. For once they're not demanding that laws be passed or huge amounts of taxpayers money be spent in order to find a solution. The NDP is actually advocating using the free market to solve a problem. I suspect though, that this is only round one, with the results to be used in round two to justify their typical socialist solutions.

     
  • At Tue Mar 25, 09:40:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Dave Hodson said…

    What is this--The Suze Orman Show with Jack Layton as a guest advisor?

    I'll never quite understand Jack. Is this really a cause for a political party? What this amounts to is nothing more than offering simple financial advice (really, really simple advice) on dealing with financial institutions. There are hundreds of financial books and TV shows that can give you this and more info. I thought political parties were about trying to advance their policy ideas, not giving self-help advice?

     
  • At Tue Mar 25, 09:53:00 PM EDT, Blogger Shawn Abigail said…

    I wonder if Jack will be willing to take on the "big mean corporate fat cats" at the phone company... now that they are owned by the Teachers Pension Fund. 8-)

     
  • At Tue Mar 25, 10:05:00 PM EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Good point Shawn! Maybe it's time we start a lobbying effort on the NDP to do just that! I just got back from the States last week, and I was disgusted by our cell phone companies after seeing the plans available down there... UNLIMITED, COAST TO COAST CALLING, for just $99/month!?!?!?!? When can we get plans like that up here!?!?!?!?

    Jack Layton, what are you waiting for! Get on those Teacher's Unions!

     
  • At Tue Mar 25, 10:29:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Interesting, it was the staunch NDP bloggers and Rabble supporters who lobbied the Mosaik Mastercard program to deny a pro-life group supporters a card.

    So much for free market economics from the NDP and their media pals:
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2005/apr/05041206.html

    Of course, pro-abortion radicals are government funded through Status for Women. Speech and cash to some. The gulag for dissenters.

     
  • At Wed Mar 26, 12:21:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ah, guys? The NDP taking on the Big Telecoms? Challenging the unfair lack of competition in the wireless industry? Fighting for lower cell phones rates for the average consumer?

    Ah, done.

    "NDP demands cell phone cost crackdown"

    http://www.ndp.ca/page/6112

    I will never get how so many people so misunderstand the relationship between labour and the NDP--in my experience it comes almost exclusively from people who have never set foot inside an NDP meeting. The fact is New Democrats tend to support unions because, well, New Democrats tend to support collective bargaining. For their part, unions primarily want legislative and government actions they believe will help workers in general. Businesses are built to care about one thing: profit. That's fine, but because unions represent the interests of their members in all areas of government policy--and union wages are rarely directly affected by government policy--they seldom have the kind of direct financial stake in a particular budget, contract or regulatory measure that businesses so often do.

    In fact, unions have an astonishing record of fighting for government policies that--whether you agree with them or not--are designed to help non-unionized workers and have actually HURT the ability of unions to organize and grow.

    Think about it. The minimum wage; government pensions; paid vacation; health and safety standards; medicare. These are all benefits that--again, whether you agree with them or not--unionized workers had bargained for on their own long before they became government policy. By fighting and securing these benefits for all workers, unions REDUCED the incentive for other workers to organize and expand union membeship (put another way, they hurt their own "marketshare"). Again, whether you like unions or not, do those sound like the actions a "greed special interest"?

     
  • At Wed Mar 26, 08:25:00 AM EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    "I will never get how so many people so misunderstand the relationship between labour and the NDP--in my experience it comes almost exclusively from people who have never set foot inside an NDP meeting."

    Sorry to burst your bubble, that that statement doesn't apply to me... I've crashed my fair share of local Dipper meetings... even got a couple of them thinking I'm one of them. ;-)

     
  • At Wed Mar 26, 08:56:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Does Layton ever consider the possible job losses? Banks are not doing all that well (except TD) at this moment.

    He hates corporations and he hates tax breaks for corporations - kind of funny when his idols like Sweden and even Gary Doer like to give tax breaks to corporations.

    He's playing to anger - well, how about, like stated above, the teacher's union, etc.

     
  • At Wed Mar 26, 08:24:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How can bankers go to sleep at night knowing that there is people paying 30% or more on credit cards when the prime rate is like 2%?? More importantly how long can this type of business be relied upon to prop up bankers salaries? (real conservative)

     
  • At Wed Mar 26, 11:55:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Sorry to burst your bubble, that that statement doesn't apply to me... I've crashed my fair share of local Dipper meetings... even got a couple of them thinking I'm one of them. ;-)"

    As I said, "almost" exclusively--not that this addresses my large points about either the NDP's willingness to take on the Big Telecoms and its relationship to Labour.

    "Does Layton ever consider the possible job losses? Banks are not doing all that well (except TD) at this moment."

    Good grief. Financial services companies currently make about one third of ALL corporate profits in Canada today. Some banks are now facing problems regarding bad investments they chose to make, but those are sunk cost and have absolutely nothing to do with job creation (i.e. if hiring a given person going forward will make a company more profitable they will do so regardless of past losses from unrelated investments).

    "He hates corporations and he hates tax breaks for corporations - kind of funny when his idols like Sweden and even Gary Doer like to give tax breaks to corporations."

    Yes, and corporate taxes--like everything--are either an absolute right or an absolute wrong regardless of the particular circumstances facing a given government. Yeah, that's the ticket.

    "He's playing to anger - well, how about, like stated above, the teacher's union, etc."

    Did you even read the big ass comments almost right above yours that deals with exactly this question? I guess not.

     

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