Anything We’ve heard, seen or read about the so-called “War on Drugs” has led us to believe that, for the most part, it has been a failure. However, once in a while the good guys do win a battle or two. It was refreshing to hear earlier this week about how Ontario police made the largest drug bust in this country’s history with the seizure of 1,062 kilograms of cocaine worth $250 million.
You have to love the English language. We’ve been dumbing it down gradually for years and guys like Donald Trump have lowered the bar to depths I would never have imagined. And our language is rife with oxymorons. The word is derived from two Greek words, “oxus”, meaning sharp, and “moros” meaning dull, so the word itself is an oxymoron. If you ask most people to tell you an oxymoron many will immediately say “jumbo shrimp” because jumbo means large and shrimp denotes small so, like sharp dull we have large small.
Here I go again sounding like I’m ranting against the hypocrisy and miss-steps of government, in this case Canada’s dealings with Saudi Arabia. Last year our federal government OK’d a $15 billion dollar sale of armoured vehicles to that country. Canada’s export-control rules clearly call for restrictions on arms exports to countries that have poor human rights records and a record of serious violations of the human rights of their citizens. Shipments are supposed to be blocked if there is a chance the buyer could turn the arms against its own citizens.
Even though monumental and often revered historical political leaders like Britain’s Winston Churchill, America’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Canada’s Sir John A. Macdonald would be judged harshly by today’s standards of political correctness, does this mean we should take their names off of buildings, parks and wherever else we see them? Churchill, commenting on the fate of indigenous people in Australia and North America, while admitting a wrong had been done, then went on to say the wrong had been committee by a so-called “higher-grade and stronger race”.
Taxes are a way of life. And it isn’t just our income we pay tax on; rather just about everything in our lives is taxed. The Fraser Institute released its 2017 Canadian Consumer Tax Index and found that we spend more on taxes than household necessities. The average Canadian family gives 42.5% of its earnings to the taxman with 37.4% going for food, clothing and housing.