Antagoniste


29 avril 2010

Freedom fighter ! Canada Économie En Vidéos Philosophie

Les politiciens qui se battent pour préserver la liberté des citoyens sont de plus en plus rares. Au Canada, nous pouvons compter sur Maxime Bernier !


29 avril 2010

L’attrition Coup de gueule Économie Québec

FonctionnairesParmi les mesures annoncées pour retourner à l’équilibre budgétaire, le gouvernement Charest a proposé de remplacer de seulement la moitié des fonctionnaires qui iront à la retraite.

Donc, quand 2 fonctionnaires partent à la retraite, un engage seulement un seul nouveau fonctionnaire pour faire le travail.

Quand on réfléchit un peu, cette mesure signifie que la moitié des fonctionnaires au Québec sont inutiles… Toutes ces années à payer du « bois mort », on peut bien être endetté…

Pourquoi faut-il attendre que ces fonctionnaires inutiles prennent leur retraite avant de s’en débarrasser ?


29 avril 2010

Le calme avant la tempête Économie Europe Récession

The Houston Chronicle

Spain downgraded as Europe debt crisis widens
The Houston Chronicle

Europe’s debt crisis spread its contagion to another country Wednesday when a major agency downgraded Spain’s credit rating, even as Germany grudgingly moved closer to bailing out Greece from imminent collapse.

Greece and Portugal — up to now the focus of alarm — are relative economic minnows. But Spain’s economy, at four times the size of Greece, is considered by many too big to rescue.

At stake is the threat of higher borrowing costs that could crimp government spending for years and undermine the once-mighty euro.

The clock is ticking — Greece has to pay off some $11.3 billion (euro8.5 billion) worth of debt by May 19, but cannot raise the money in the markets given sky-high borrowing costs. The downgrade for Spain was an ominous new blow, coming just as markets were recovering their poise after the double shock Tuesday of a Standard & Poor’s downgrade for Greece — to junk status — and Portugal.

Though Spain’s overall debt burden is fairly modest at around 53 percent of national income — compared to 115 percent for Greece — the country is running a big budget deficit and has done less than others to get a handle on its public finances.


28 avril 2010

La dame de fer Économie En Vidéos Europe

Margaret Thatcher qui s’amuse à casser des socialistes:


28 avril 2010

Fardeau fiscal Canada Économie En Chiffres

Voici comment a évolué le niveau de taxation* des ménages canadiens depuis 1961:

Fiscalité

Fiscalité
IPC: Indice des Prix à la Consommation

Fiscalité
Besoins essentiels: logis, nourriture, vêtements

En 1961, les Canadiens consacraient en moyenne 33,5% de leurs revenus pour payer les taxes exigées par les différents paliers de gouvernement. En 2009, cette proportion est passée à 45,8%.

En 2009, l’impôt sur le revenu représente seulement 32% des revenus des gouvernements. Le reste, 68%, provient de la taxation.

En 1961, les Canadiens consacraient 56,5% de leurs revenus pour satisfaire à leurs besoins essentiels contre 33,5% pour payer les différentes taxes. En 2009, 37,1% du revenu était affecté aux besoins essentiels contre 45,8% qui s’est retrouvé dans les poches des gouvernements sous forme de taxes.

Les taxes représentent la dépense la plus élevée des ménages canadiens.

*Inclus toutes les taxes à tous les niveaux de gouvernement

Source:
Fraser Institute
The Canadian Consumer Tax Index, 2010


28 avril 2010

L’Australie dit non Économie Environnement International

National Post

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Australia won’t cap and trade
National Post

Seeing countries around the world back away from their climate change commitments, and seeing his own electoral support crumble, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced today that Australia will be shelving its cap and trade program for at least three years, until after the next election. “That will provide the Australian government at the time with a better position to assess the level of global action on climate change, » he told the Australian press.

In recent weeks, Rudd has been embarrassed by decisions by the US and Japanese governments to put climate change on the back burner and alarmed by the growing opposition at home to climate change legislation. His once popular plans to cut back emissions by 5% by 2020, which were scheduled to begin next year, have been twice rejected by Australia’s Senate faced certain defeat in a third vote that was expected in several weeks.

By scrapping next year’s cap and trade plan, the Rudd government – and the Australian public – will see benefits in the upcoming budget, expected May 11. With Australians no longer needing to finance the cap and trade program, budget watchers predict a saving of some $2.32 billion.


27 avril 2010

Le progrès Économie Environnement États-Unis

Industrialisation

Entre 1900 et 2000 aux États-Unis, les émissions de CO2 ont augmenté de 8,5 fois, l’utilisation de molécules chimiques de synthèse a augmenté de 101 fois, l’utilisation des métaux a augmenté de 7,2 fois et le PIB/habitant a augmenté de 6,9 fois.

Conséquences: l’espérance de vie est passée de 47 ans à 77 ans et la mortalité infantile est passée de 100/1 000 naissances à 7/1 000 naissances.

Voilà pourquoi la croissance économique comporte plus d’avantages que d’inconvénients.

Source:
EJDS
Have increases in population, affluence and technology worsened human and environmental well-being?


27 avril 2010

Top 5 Qc/Ca Canada Québec Top Actualité

Le Top 5 de l’actualité québécoise et canadienne (20-26 avril) selon Influence Communication:

Actualité Québec

*Hausse de 121 % sur la semaine dernière.  La série Montréal-Washington occupe 7,6 fois le poids médias de la seconde nouvelle.

Actualité Canada

Source:
Influence Communication
Influence Communication


27 avril 2010

Les demi-vérités du GIEC Environnement International Revue de presse

The Daily Telegraph

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Climategate: a scandal that won’t go away
The Daily Telegraph

If you were faced with by far the biggest bill of your life, would you not want to be confident that there was a very good reason why you should pay it? That is why we need to know just how far we can trust the science behind the official view that the world is threatened with catastrophe by global warming – because the measures proposed by our politicians to avert this supposed disaster threaten to transform our way of life out of recognition and to land us with easily the biggest bill in history. (The Climate Change Act alone, says the Government, will cost us all £18 billion every year until 2050.)

When several of the more alarmist claims in its most recent 2007 report were revealed to be wrong and without any scientific foundation, the official response, not least from the IPCC’s chairman, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, was to claim that everything in its report was “peer-reviewed”, having been confirmed by independent experts.

But a new study put this claim to the test. A team of 40 researchers from 12 countries, led by a Canadian analyst Donna Laframboise, checked out every one of the 18,531 scientific sources cited in the mammoth 2007 report. Astonishingly, they found that nearly a third of them – 5,587 – were not peer-reviewed at all, but came from newspaper articles, student theses, even propaganda leaflets and press releases put out by green activists and lobby groups.


26 avril 2010

Manipulation comptable Coup de gueule Économie En Vidéos États-Unis

Est-ce que GM a vraiment remboursé les contribuables ?

Bref, ils ont remboursé leur bailout en utilisant l’argent du bailout. Voilà le genre de comptabilité dont Vincent Lacroix serait fier…


26 avril 2010

Arguing with Idiots: le gouvernement du Qc Arguing with Idiots Canada Économie En Chiffres Québec

Dans son dernier budget, le gouvernement de Jean Charest justifie de la manière suivante sa dépendance vis-à-vis les programmes de péréquation:

« Une hausse du prix mondial du baril de pétrole favorise les provinces qui disposent d’une telle ressource. Toutefois, la hausse du dollar canadien qui accompagne la hausse du prix du pétrole nuit aux exportations des autres provinces. Un programme de péréquation adéquat est à même d’atténuer ce phénomène en augmentant les revenus des provinces affectées négativement par la hausse du dollar. »

Selon le gouvernement, une hausse du dollar est nuisible à l’économie québécoise.  La réalité est beaucoup plus nuancée…

Québec

De 2002 à 2007, la valeur du dollar canadien a augmenté de 46%, pourtant le chômage a diminué et les exportations de même que les ventes de l’industrie manufacturière sont restées relativement stables.  Si l’on se base sur ces chiffres, il est difficile d’établir un lien direct entre la hausse du dollar et une baisse de l’activité économique.

Voici comment l’Institut Fraser décrit le système de péréquation:

« Since economic freedom spurs prosperity and growth, fiscal federalism in effect transfers money from relatively free provinces to relatively unfree provinces, muting the impact of economic freedom and perversely creating incentives for provincial politicians to limit economic freedom and, thus, economic growth since this increases the flow of federal transfers, which are directly controlled by these politicians. This enhances their power and their ability to reward friends and penalize enemies. »

N.B. Les exportations et les ventes de l’industrie manufacturières sont calculées en dollars constants.

Sources:
Statistique Canada
Tableaux 282-0002, 228-0034 & 304-0015

Banque du Canada
Moyennes annuelles des taux de change


26 avril 2010

Le GIEC se trompe encore Environnement International Revue de presse

Hindustan Times

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IPCC exaggerated Bangladesh climate fears
Hindustan Times

Scientists in Bangladesh posed a fresh challenge to the UN’s top climate change panel Thursday, saying its doomsday forecasts for the country in the body’s landmark 2007 report were overblown.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), already under fire for errors in the 2007 report, had said a one-metre (three-foot) rise in sea levels would flood 17 percent of Bangladesh and create 20 million refugees by 2050.

The warning helped create a widespread consensus that the low-lying country was on the « front line » of climate change, but a new study argues the IPCC ignored the role sediment plays in countering sea level rises.

« Sediments have been shaping Bangladesh’s coast for thousands of years, » said Maminul Haque Sarker, director of the Dhaka-based Center for Environment and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), who led research for the study.

Even if sea levels rise a maximum one metre in line with the IPCC’s 2007 predictions, the new study indicates most of Bangladesh’s coastline will remain intact, said Sarker.


25 avril 2010

La réglementation Économie En Citations États-Unis

Rush Limbaugh

Pourquoi le gouvernement veut tout réglementer ? Rush Limbaugh à la réponse:

« The Obama regime would like for us to believe that regulations are all for our own good because they care about us. But governments can’t care. They control. »


25 avril 2010

Les mythes anti-capitalistes Économie En Vidéos

John Stossel et Michael Medved discutent des 5 plus gros mensonges que la gauche raconte à propos du capitalisme:


25 avril 2010

Un vent de changement États-Unis Revue de presse

The Ledger

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Republicans Threatening Congressional Seats Long Held by Democrats
The Ledger

Rep. David Obey has won 21 straight races, easily prevailing through wars and economic crises that have spanned presidencies from Nixon to Obama. Yet the discontent with Washington surging through politics is now threatening not only his seat but Democratic control of Congress.

Obey is one of nearly a dozen well-established House Democrats who are bracing for something they rarely face: serious competition. Their predicament is the latest sign of distress for their party and underlines why Republicans are confident of big gains in November, and perhaps even winning back the House.

The fight for the midterm elections is not confined to traditional battlegrounds, where Republicans and Democrats often swap seats every few cycles. In the Senate, Democrats are struggling to hold on to, among others, seats once held by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Democrats are preparing to lose as many as 30 House seats – including a wave of first-term members – and Republicans have expanded their sights to places where political challenges seldom develop.