Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Public Issues

My Dad and I disagree on a lot of things.

One thing we agree on: That there was something wrong with the church.
But we disagree in that I talk about it all the time, while he never likes hearing about it.
This is just an example.

We are also very opposed in politics.

Today I bought a carbonated beverage from a local store, and found something new on the bill: an 8¢ "Environmental Fee".

To me, 8¢ extra on a pop isn't a big deal, and in fact I can even feel good about giving that extra money to the government in my own mind----

but to my Dad the tax is absolutely horrid, and in his absolutely conservative way he wants low taxes, which means less public service.

Now: this was an environmental fee. We know, there's a new "Carbon Tax" in Alberta.

Personally, all my life, growing up in Oil Rich Alberta, I was told about how the Climate Change CO2 problem thing was pretty much a lie or a myth and shouldn't be trusted or listened to. That really is, pretty much, having lived with the Brother of a Conservative Government Minister as my LDS Home Teacher, what I was taught for so long.

How do I take my position on the debate? "Agree with thine adversary quickly" is what Jesus said.

Basically, I find no reason to argue with the Climate Change nuts about their position. I just have a personal urge to agree "with mine adversary". If they are right, then this is a good choice. If they are wrong, well, personally, I kind of like the idea of having an electric car, so I don't care. :) Growing up in elementary school we learned about Pollution Problems, and green renewable energy can't be wrong as far as I'm concerned.

So, I can feel good about paying extra tax (personally in my own mind) as I would hope it does others and the world some good.

If we can cut pollution, then great. I'll just agree with "my adversary", them being considered the adversary because I was brought up with the opposite viewpoint.

And then there's another issue: I read in the news that the number of Suicides in my province increased by 30% in the past year. I actually feel so bad about this, I was driven to tears. The economic conditions, especially with the low price of Oil, have apparently driven more people to kill themselves. And I do feel bad about it, especially as I was once suicidal and I was saved - but, at this point I am again happy to have a government that would keep social spending, such as increase the Case Load of Health and Mental Health services - to give people the help they need so they don't kill themselves.

My dad is a total conservative, taxes bad, cutting spending is alright with him, but personally I don't mind lending a hand to help someone not kill themselves. I mean, I might not be able to do much, because I'm no professional, but if 8¢ on a bottle of pop helps, then I'm perfectly alright with that - I actually feel good about giving a little extra personally.

Last issue: in a recent previous blog post, I said I might take up farming. I said this because my Sister and her Husband were declaring their intention to buy a bunch of land in the country, and I thought maybe I should just do some work on that land. Unfortunately, my Sister found out she can't actually afford that land, so that plan is a no-go now.

But what's interesting is this: shortly after I declare my idea on my blog that I might become a farmer, there is a sudden rush of attention in the local Legislature about none other than a new farming regulation bill. Wow.

The government organizations I was once affiliated with are all lighting up over farming, my politician friend on facebook is talking about Farming ---- all somehow just hours or days after I mention an intention to maybe become a farmer. That's so strange, isn't it? :)


Another interesting thing about the economic slowdown in Alberta is that disability benefit recipient like myself now has a better ability to save up for a number of years, and actually be capable or able to afford a home/apartment to BUY - or even just find a place to rent, it all seems much more available and affordable now.

When OIL was a big canadian business, a disabled person like myself would have an extremely hard time finding a place to live (and on my own is a big part of this: I don't have friends or socialize well, so I would likely end up living on my own unless my brother wanted to live with me or something). Anyway --- affordable places to rent or buy are showing up in my country, and this is helping me be a little bit happier.

The only sad part is that I still have to save the money for years before I can think about buying one of these less-expensive dwellings.

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