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Johnny Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten, lead singer (of sorts) for the Sex Pistols – would close shows with the taunt: “ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Goodnight.”
The Sex Pistols were honestly dishonest, authentically inauthentic, a transparent scam, an obvious rip-off. They told everyone they could barely play their instruments. Punks understood – it was an act.
In the documentary The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, they admitted to everything. Their anarchist stance, anger and fashion were part of a scripted con-job designed to get “cash from chaos.” And why not?
Why shouldn’t a bunch of poor punks get rich? How come, the Sex Pistols sneered, only the record labels, politicians, monarchy, media barons and business tycoons get to run swindles? Why not us?
Right now, you’d be right to feel you’ve been cheated.
A year ago, Justin Trudeau promised the middle class they’d get a tax cut. Then he gave the biggest tax cut to people with after-deductions income between $90,000 to $200,000.
He promised First Nations kids he’d fix their schools and help their education. Then he cut his schools promise by $800 million. His promise of $50 million a year to help Indigenous students get to university and college totally disappeared.
He promised to fix our voting system. He then appointed an incompetent minister, created inexplicable delays and launched endless processes – all seemingly designed to have the whole thing collapse.
He promised he’d address carbon emissions. Then adopted Stephen Harper’s carbon targets.
He told working people he’d “kick-start” the economy. Now we have 30,000 fewer full-time jobs than a year ago. Meanwhile part-time jobs are expanding. And his Finance Minister’s solution is for us to get used to “job churn.”
And Trudeau’s centrepiece infrastructure promise has been revealed as a AAA+ swindle.
The promise to use cheap public financing – Bank of Canada bonds currently around 1.5% interest – to build infrastructure is gone. It’s changed into a scheme for private investors.
Private money will provide up-front cash for construction projects. Investors will be repaid – at two to three times the rates the Bank of Canada can get – with revenue from transit fares, road tolls or other user fees.
It’s a model loaded with incentive for out-of-control, overbuilt projects and inflated fares, tolls and fees. It’s extractive rent-seeking. It’s bait and switch. It’s a swindle.
Of course this plan wasn’t put together by a bunch of punks. Trudeau appointed a panel of financiers to tell him how to finance infrastructure. And – shocking! – they recommended a scheme that benefits them.
Meanwhile, millionaires and billionaires go to elite pay-for-access events with the Liberal Prime Minister while his government approves their banks and explores airport and sea port privatizations. Trudeau defends all of it, suggesting it’s good for the middle class that rich insiders are stuffing money into Liberal Party coffers and the Trudeau Foundation.
The Sex Pistols were an act. They hit a nerve. Then, as now, people know they’re being swindled – but is there a choice? Anyone can see the put-on performances by Kellie Leitch, Chris Alexander and other Trumpettes are just a different swindle.