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The Incoming Major Revolution

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on Sunday, 28 May 2017 09:56

Shocking Stats that underscore how this technological change will have a massive impact on business, society and you personally

...Michael's Saturday Editorial: When People Pay No Price For Being Wrong

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Shocking Stat: No-One Can Blame Business For This Swindle

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on Friday, 19 May 2017 23:56

Everyone loves to talk about gasoline prices, usually incorrectly assumng that the biggest gasoline cost factor is the price of oil. That's why when oil prices fall they demand to know why gas prices didn’t fall proportionately. The go to answer is to blame greedy businesses, but the truth is that taxation is the biggest gasoline cost factor in most markets.

Both provincial and federal taxes on gasoline make-up about 36% of the at the pump cost. One of my favorite add-ons is paying GST on top of the other gasoline taxes. According to an illuminating new study by the Canadian Taxpayer Federation, the federal and provincial tax-on gas tax adds an extra 3 cents per litre on average. All told governments take in an extra $1.4 billion in revenue thanks to paying GST on the taxes.

Okay, maybe that’s not my favourite – as the Taxpayer’s Federation reminds us we still pay the temporary 15 cent per litre deficit reduction levy that was implemented in 1995. Temporary my ass, so far that little beauty has brought in $13.3 billion since inception. This year alone it will bring in $638 million.

The grand total of fuel taxes is a whopping $23.5 billion in 2017.

If you are wondering how much you pay in gas taxes check out the table below compiled by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation: 

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source: The Canadian Taxpyer's Federation's 19th Annual Gas Tax Honesty Report May 18th, 2017



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Preposterous, Astonishing Numbers

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on Sunday, 14 May 2017 06:00

First off you'll be shocked at which country claims the most number of deaths in a year. A country that earns more in illegal drug sales than Canada spends on its entire defense!

....also: Featured Guest Tyler Bullhorn on Interpreting What the Market is Telling Us

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The Reality of US Healthcare

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on Saturday, 06 May 2017 15:43

Mike reveals the #1 reason why US Healthcare is such a mess. Hint: 8 paid lobbyists per congressman!

....also Mike's Featured Guest: A Real Estate Master - Mike's Guest Jeff Olin

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In The Desperation for Government Revenue....

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on Sunday, 30 April 2017 06:46

....one of the areas that is a measure of that urgency is in the rising cost of speeding tickets. Strap in, the numbers and methods of collecting are astonishing!

...also from Michael: The Genius of Milton Friedman

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The #1 Reason To Fear The Decline of Western Civilization

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on Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:44

In this week's shocking stat, wait till you hear the number of hours spent watching Netflix, Youtube and Television. The real shocker is what people have spent 1/2 a billion hours watching. Yikes!!!

....also from Michael: What Is Your Fair Share?

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Shocking Stat: European Bureaucratic Monster Eats Britain Alive

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on Saturday, 15 April 2017 12:58

The stifling bureacracy composed of European laws and regulations on top of individual Country laws and bureacracy has created a monster in the form of European Control of Britain. Here it is By The Numbers, and its not pretty. 

...also Michael's Weekend Editorial: The Numbers Exist - Time To Ring The Alarm Bell

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