Monday, July 14, 2008

Yesterday's rules are inoperative. Thanks for coming.

Blogging Tory "Conservative Queen" has some simple thoughts on public funding and on carrying your own weight:

No film, offensive or not, should be made at the taxpayers' expensive. If these films are not good enough to recoup their expenses and make a profit at the theatre, then perhaps they should not be made in the first place. These activists are making films which lose money and they expect the Canadian government and people to pay for it.

Fast forward:

... as soon aircraft maker Bombardier announced a new jet Sunday at an air show in England, Industry Minister Jim Prentice put out a news release reminding voters in Quebec that the federal government was giving the company $350 million to ensure it made those planes near Montreal.

Try not to reconcile those two philosophies. You'll only hurt yourself.


E in MD said...

Oh the philosophy is simple. "Anything I like is ok. Anything people I don't like, like is bad."

Mike said...

e in md pretty much nails it...these people are unprincipled greedy bastards.

Red Tory said...

It's simple. Any kind of employment associated with the arts aren't "real" jobs. Because you know, anything to do with culture is just rife with sissypants liberals who should all live an die by the "free market"... And so on.

liberal supporter said...

Anything associated with the arts is only to be funded by churches and political parties. Why share their untaxed status with anyone else?

If the production gets made, the tax credit is for up to 25% of the salaries involved. Since the government collects a minimum 21% at the lowest bracket, they are collecting nearly all this money back.

If the production does not get made, then the government collects $0 for the salaries. Plus, being lowlife artsy types, the government will be paying them welfare.

So the worst case is revenue neutral for the government tax wise, but they still save on social assistance.

Doesn't the tax incentive to Bombardier work the same way?

But of course the main difference is the CPC wants to pick and choose which projects receive a tax incentive, so they can use it in photo ops and news reports.

It's not about helping the economy. After all, economics and business need stability, predictability and certainty to work best. This kind of cherry picking simply brings instability. It's solely about more material to paper over all their incompetence and scandals.

I wish I could get photo ops and hear cheering fellators whenever I simply do my job.

Southern Quebec said...

People in the arts, are, dare I say it...elite. Whereas, the people at Bombardier are just good old working stiffs. (The fact that Bombardier is one of the biggest corporate welfare bums around is not relevant.)

Beijing York said...

Their economic grasp of the film and television tax credit is mind blowing. These "fiscal" conservative morons can't understand that such an industry stimulus not only creates jobs (and tax revenues) but it stimulates the market in general by creating more business for food and hospitality sector, professional production and post production services, car rentals, security services, lighting equipment, etc. Plus it doesn't just cater to one region. Thanks to the tax credit, production is no longer limited to Toronto and Vancouver. Must be hard to be led by such an intellectual giant as Harper who is willing to jeopardize 1000s of jobs just to appease his so-con base who just can't stand films like Young People Fucking being made.