…is that we don’t really KNOW what the hell government is supposed to be doing anymore. Things have changed. Government hasn’t. And we don’t understand why they are even there. What ARE they doing there? Seriously.
Are they managers of the economy? I don’t think so. With globalization, only a few big players are managing much of anything. China and the US and the EU swing some weight. The Bricks swing a bit. But, Canada simply does not influence much of anything. Canada GETS influenced but they apply little influence of their own – if any. Well, Canada sells out non renewable resources like an aging hooker but, other than ‘giving it away’ what do our guys actually do?
Maybe they are here to regulate our behaviours with laws and such? Maybe. But aren’t we supposed to be free? Charter of Freedoms and all? Except when hurting others, what business does the state have in influencing behaviours? And, if they do have some business meddling in social behaviour, shouldn’t it be for moral reasons rather than for making revenue? Haven’t they just monetized sin for taxing purposes?
The behaviours of many corporations and Institutions are clearly criminal and go unchecked (see bank bailouts circa 2008/09). The behaviours of the rich, powerful and influential go mostly unchecked or are ‘buffered’ into nothing by lawyers. Really, only the poor get pursued by prosecutors. And the middle-class (such as it is) are largely cowed into behaving themselves. Do we really need cops and all their infrastructure and minions to tell us NOT to speed too much?
No, it is not about the economy ’cause they can’t make a difference to that. And it is NOT about our social behaviours for the same reasons. So, what is it about?
They don’t know, either.
They are, however, pushing the protection racket on us. A lot. They are gonna protect us from the pressure-cooker bombers and stuff. Or, maybe the Hell’s Angels. Muslims, for sure. WE WILL SERVE AND PROTECT BUT, FOR NOW, GET ON THE GROUND, GET ON THE GROUND NOW! NOW!
As you can tell, I do not buy the protection racket one bit.
I honestly do not think the politicians KNOW what they are doing in the halls of government. Federally or provincially. They don’t seem to know that the world is changing and so should their roles. They don’t know what they can do. They don’t know what they can’t do. And they clearly don’t know what is going on.
But, let’s leave aside the fact that government is always late to the cognitive party for now…..what is it that WE THINK they should be doing?
Seems most people think that one of government’s main jobs is to help the underprivileged to a limited extent. Nobody wants to carry ne’re do wells but neither do we want to withhold any opportunities for personal growth. Especially for children. In other words, we are stingy on handouts but BIG on education. Big on health, too, kinda. NOT so much if you are young….
And how is any of that workin’ for you, so far? Ask a degree holder working for minimum wage and carrying student debt.
A second expectation is ‘sustainability’. That’s right! Seems over 70% of the people polled think that we – as a nation – have a collective responsibility to pass on a better world to our kids. And the latest indicators are that the environment is at the top of the list.
And, so, how are they doing on that score?
And the final expectation of the people is the regulation of the BIG BOYS. Seems people instinctively know or feel that power corrupts and absolute power does an even more effective job. They want government to ‘police’ the BIG BOYS. Note that they are NOT so keen to be policed themselves (well, I am not) but they want potential power brokers held in check. The bullies. The monopolies. Like banks, Insurance Companies, Institutions, Corporations. Even BC Ferries. BC Hydro. That kind of thing.
They may have slipped up a bit on that score, too. D-…..E……maybe total F-for-fail! Jus’ sayin’…
So, when you vote, do you think to give the government a personal pass or fail on the basic job description (you are their employer, after all)? Or do you vote by reflex? When the time comes to assess the Conservative Government, ask yourself how they performed these past ten years or so.
And then….after you answer that question to your own satisfaction, make sure they are quickly escorted out the front door and you might want to check their cardboard boxes as well. They do tend towards petty thievery, too. See Duffy et al.