Voice of THE POOR

The poor? Who are they?
Does government listen to their voice?
Does anyone listen?
Poverty reduction? What is that?
Who decides what the poor want and need?

Does that Canadian homeless man care that Canada has committed to bringing hundreds of thousands of refugees into this country? Will his life be any better as a result?

Where does that Canadian homeless man go for a meal on Sunday when the local food bank soup kitchen is closed?

Does that Canadian homeless man get invited in anywhere to share a Christmas dinner?

What will that homeless man do during the coming winter months when it gets too cold to walk the streets all day long?

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It is Friday October 16. I was in my studio today and here is what my chorus line looks like so far

Life size paintings on wood panel

Three chorus ladies

Canadian Work Ethic

Yes no doubt this old lady will be damned for her lack of pride, her inability to suffer in silence and her lack of work ethic.

Art?
Why doesn’t she go out and get a real job? We’re sure Walmart and McDonald’s are always hiring.

ahh she might just be too old and mouthy  and isn’t she that troublesome biddy who insists upon reading the fine print before signing a contract?

 

What would Thomas Piketty say

Oh yes and by the way …

Where in the world is

Thomas Piketty today

That gig he had just yesterday

He didn’t show up

I heard them say

Where oh where

Has that rock-star gone

Where oh where is he

Tell me tell me if you can

Where is Thomas Piketty?

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Who are these Canadians and what do they have to say about Canadian work ethic?

Naheed Nenshi

Don Iveson

An interesting look at the past:
SOCIAL INSURANCE AND ALLIED SERVICES

Report by
SIR WILLIAM BEVERIDGE

1942

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What about all these people? What have they had to say about work ethic?

Milton Friedman

James Tobin

John Kenneth Galbraith

Richard Cloward

France’s Fox Piven

Erik Owen Wright

Peter Fraser

Carole Pateman

Antonio Negri

Michael Hardt

Philippe Van Parijs

Veronique de Rugy

Charles Murray

John Aziz

Robert Reich

James Hughes

Pete Frase

Guy Sorman

Matt Zwolinski

Ed Dolan

The Canadian economy based on the work ethic?

Would that be the same economy built over the centuries upon the “model of marriage that allowed men to free-ride off the domestic labor of women”. Carole Pateman might have an answer to that question.

There are some scholars concerned that Basic Income would destroy the incentive to work.

Incentive to work?

Do Canadian programs really promote an incentive to work?

Ever see jobs or programs that are open to people not on welfare or EI?

Ever go to an employment office and try to get help finding a job?

Ever watch the welfare guy dump his cigarette butts out onto public sidewalks?

Ever wonder about welfare dental care while you cannot afford a dentist?

Ever wonder about welfare guys taking taxis while you walk?

Ever watch the EI recipients pack up and head south for the winter?

Ever wonder what that fourth generation welfare kid will be doing in a dozen years?

Does Canada have any incentive to work that might be endangered by Basic Income?

What do these guys have to say about incentive to work?

Erik Brynjolfsson

Andrew McAfee

John Maynard Keynes

Barbara Bergman

Randall Wray

Mike Konczal

Max Sawicky

Michael Huemer

Jim Manzi

Brink Lindsey

Do other Canadians worry more about work ethic or survival?

What’s Up Doc

UYou know … It is not about that anymore … Now it is  more about inventing creative strategies to make those carrotts disappear entirely …   Then  eventually planting parsnips … Calling them carrott and before you know it all the carrotts will have been replaced by parsnips which will be called carrotts … Then  come the turnips to replace the parsnips and all the turnips will be called carrotts … Then radishes will become the new carrotts  … When all the  turnips have been replaced by radishes and everyone is under the illusion that carrotts are small white fleshed balls in red skins

 

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Black Friday

Is it really true George?
 … What they say about Black Friday … For instance … Everything I do from now until … Until when George? … That is the part I don’t get …
Anyway it seems that the results of my labours … My endeavours … My hard work … It is mine! All mine! I needn’t pay any taxes from now until whenever. Is that it?

Well George, I really don’t understand the whole concept.

Thick? No George. I simply don’t see how it can possibly make any difference to me. Here I am an elder artist and writer … One whose art and writings have no monetary value … Well if they did then I’d be making a living … Wouldn’t I George?  … As I was saying …

Can we get back to this George? I am busy at the moment … Trying to determine how I am going to spend my salary this month … Well I think you call it salary … Although to tell the truth George I am not sure … Is under $150 a week enough to consider a salary. Well George what I am talking about is my Elder Security check George.  

Well … Not exactly … No George I don’t know what it is called officially these days … Used to be called the Old Age Pension … Or am I getting that wrong … Well yes George I am happy to receive the check every month.  It is an affirmation that I did my time and now am able to lay back and enjoy the fruits of my labours.

Labour? Do you think George that being a housewife is not labour? 

Well yes … Labour of love … That too … 

I’m thinking about a vacuum this month George.  Well no not that one … It would take months of pension checks to pay for George. Yes George … I agree with you that I should be supporting by local business community by buying the more expensive vacuum cleaner from the local small business owner.  But look at it from the perspective of my not having any money to spend on anything else for the next several months.  

And don’t forget George! Christmas is less than a month away.  Well it is after all the short period of time that holds small local business together.  If they can make enough money  at Christmas then they are able to pay the banks the interest due on the money they have to borrow in order to stay in business for the rest of the years. 

The whole thing is a mystery to me too George.  I guess it is something best left to Economists and Accountants … Oh yes Bankers too … And yes George … Insurance Agents.

So you see George although I don’t really get this Black Friday thing and cannot really tender intelligent comments on the pros and cons of the financial world … There is one thing you must know for sure George.
I  am happy to report that I receive money  from the Canadian Government.  Yes George … Every month.

That little check might seem insignificant to you but it is mine and a lot more than I received during the years of being a stay-at-home mom when the family allowance didn’t cover the cost of … Well George let’s not talk about that right now.

Let’s just say I am appreciative. Yes … The check … That lovely little 500 $ plus a few dollars and a few cents  … Every month George … 

Yes … That lovely little greyish-brownish envelope … Is that what is meant  by a plain brown envelope George … With the  return address Matane Quebec, G4W 4N5

I love my little check from the Government of Canada.