"You know, I had to pay an extra 9% taxes...say I made $500 K last year...that's an extra $50 K in taxes...on top of what the company paid!!!"

He's not very good at math, and he's soliciting sympathy from the wrong guy. I get it, the NDP are evil, the Alberta Advantage is no longer, but I'm hard pressed to guess how the Conservatives would have handled it differently. And he's complaining to me, more than a full order of magnitude difference in our incomes, his 50K$ extra taxes, that's my entire years earnings, I get it, it's a lot, but that's a bit like me complaining to the homeless guy under the bridge that I can only afford 2 bottles of Vodka tonight, not 3...

When the days of Anarchy come, we will run them to the ground with hounds...

He's polite, articulate, he's a long-time party member, but unlike other party members he's reasonably polite, civil, greets you at the door, checks his coat, this makes him an exception not just among party members but among Albertans in general. Manners, after all, are a vanishing thing.

He presumes we're on the same page as him, expansively, liberally even, we're all intelligent, well bred people, aren't we? What can you do about a province that elected a Trudeau (again!) as PM and a woman - NDP - as provincial leader?!!! It's crazy! He presumes our agreement, and really, he has it, we're in that job where to disagree or show signs of intelligence would mean immediate unemployment. I don't agree, not with a single thing he's said, but he's pleasant about how he says it which is better than most, I have to confess...

He continues, he's expansive in his person-ability, you can see how he rose up in the party, really, the party isn't known for their charismatic members but he's definitely one of them...we offer him a drink, he doesn't drink, various reasons, health, can't, but as well, he used to own a chain of restaurants, liquor stores, hundreds of them throughout the province...

...and he's seen first hand the damage that alcohol can, does, do, the addictions, the alcoholism, since when he's sworn to never touch another drop...

...ironic this, the swearing to never touch another drop, yet the profiteering off the alcoholics, the wife-beaters, all those who weren't as strong as him, he has no moral compulsions, no desire to expound or proselytize his point of view for the fear that it might cost him his livelihood, this, this is the classic conservative, the role mode, the poster child, charming, affable, ready to damn you for a slight commission with every poison he'd never touch himself...

I have to laugh. But it's true...

 

Now I wasn't and I'm still not necessarily a fan. Yep, he's good looking, charismatic, and all the rest, still....

Nonetheless, here, he acquits himself rather well and I'm glad he's our PM. There's a lot worse options out there...

(Can't seem to embed this. Follow the link): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWI5-vWqcGc

I've had this conversation more times than I care to remember...

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