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What princes should be concerned about is not lying, says Machiavelli, but "knowing how to lie. However much he lies, he should keep the appearance of being truthful."

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But who really wants to be seen in a bad light? No problem, says Machiavelli.

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I promised to continue The Selfish Groundhog story. The last visitor to his house came through an open window. It was a snake.

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I can't see morality in the Liberals behavior leading up to the referendum of the HST. Government wasn't fair, transparent, or honest in not disclosing talks with the feds about the tax before an election. Open debate is a pillar of democracy.

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Still, the average person expects his leaders to behave better than himself. That's why immoral behavior is risky. Sometimes, it ends in hatred and contempt by the people.


In fact, a prince "must sometimes choose evil," if he wishes to retain control.

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"Although a bad reputation should be avoided, it is sometimes necessary to have one . Men worry less about doing an injury to one who makes himself loved than to one who makes himself feared."

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What about imposing the HST when 70 per cent of us (Angus poll) hated the pre tax process, and many still don't fully understand how the HST will change their lives. Is that representative government?

smile. "Don't come around at dinner time."

Chris Delaney, of the Anti HST Campaign, also seems to disapprove. Recently, I asked him if morality is the real issue in the HST debate.

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It says life will be harder for those with fixed incomes, the poor, families, seniors. Countries that have gone to a consumer driven tax system, the report adds, have neared bankruptcy by encouraging tax fraud by business, while fueling a run a way underground economy ("80 per cent of Greek citizens no longer pay taxes").

Some princes are doing that now in Iran, Egypt, Syria for example. Immorality in politics anywhere is a slippery slope.

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Don't worry about that, either, advises Machiavelli. It's only the "nobles," the privileged class, the prince needs to fear. If he keeps this group happy, "he should have no concerns with conspirators."

Stories like The Selfish Groundhog in Copp Clark's 1962 reader, It's Story Time, illustrated models of conduct fair play, honesty, and sharing with others less fortunate than yourself. Movies in those days were banned if they didn't send the right messages: G men get the bad guy; cowboys in white hats triumph over bad guys. Hop Along Cassidy, and the Lone Ranger behaved morally. Kids looked up to them. The stories in Aesop's Fables ended with a lesson in behavior a moral.

Similarly, princes "should not worry about having good qualities," Machiavelli explains, "because it will be necessary at times to act against them." Besides, he adds, the people themselves aren't good, so why should a prince try to be?

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There's an amusing reference to France another country with an HST system of cops checking the bills of restaurant patrons to see if they paid the tax man. The report's worth reading.

This report debunks the government's claim the HST benefits everyone. Nike Shox Premium

Finance Minister Kevin Falcon thinks it's his duty to convince the voters the HST is good for them. He justifies spending thousands of our tax dollars to do it. That's not right.

"You've hit the nail on the head, Jack," he replied.

Maybe, it's the Italian diplomat, Niccolo Machiavelli. In 1410, he wrote The Prince, a popular how to do it manual for heads of state. The book says a leader is entitled to use immoral means to achieve his goals, or hang on to power. This includes deceit and lying, vices Machiavelli says are "virtues" if they succeed for the prince.

As he was about to eat, frantic knocks came to the door a hungry rabbit, then an owl.

This makes sense, doesn't it? Imagine the chaos, for example, if the people got to be finance minister for a Nike Shox Deliver Vintage Green day.

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