….and none in the media are saying it.
Harper’s oil-centric and Scrooge-like economics is the root cause of our current economic problems.
The economy does not really ‘run’ on 3-months quarters. Everyone knows that. The economy really runs on a rolling five year or longer cycle. Government policy IMPLEMENTED in year one has it’s major effects by year five if we are lucky. The reports are quarterly but they are reporting on actions taken years prior.
So, there we had our idiot past prime minister campaigning on his party’s business acumen that too-soon saw our economy plunge into the toilet mere weeks after the election that ousted the ten plus year Conservative reign. Why isn’t the media reporting on that? Why aren’t fingers being pointed?
I know, I know, I was NOT going to do politics for awhile. And that nauseating Trudeau posing and speaking in cliches has beckoned me frequently to do so but I resisted. Even that puke-inducing Vogue photo shoot will go largely uncommented on because, well, it speaks volumes in itself. But Harper was wrong. Harper was destructive. Harper was a bad economist and his gang of thieves and liars are likely to STILL claim that they ran the country well and “look at it now!”
They haven’t even said it yet (well, Ambrose implied it in the House of Commons last week) and I am mad just in anticipation of what they will say as soon as they get up the chutzpah. So, for the record: our economic woes are a direct result of Harpernomics and don’t forget it. The voting public has a tendency to short memory and that has resulted in the Cons getting re-elected now and again. And they screw up every time because their basic economic philosophy is wrong.
“Dave, that battle has been fought and won! Give it a rest, old boy. Calm yourself.”
You are right. I am sorry. I should go back to #@$%! whales and ravens. But part of the reason for my anger is that I do not see much of a change in the business as usual model even though Harper has been sent to the showers. “Just-in, get your head out of the Vogue centrefold and get it into the game!”
Canada needs a built-in-Canada approach to the economy. NOT a built-by-trade agreements version modeled on a global economy, the world bank policies and other major corporate-backed shill organizations like the World Trade Organization.
Of course, we have to trade internationally. And, of course, we will adjust to common practices. But we need not be bound by their system. We can trade when it suits us and we should be able to NOT trade when it suits us. So far, these trade pacts are like bondage and servitude to us and they are NOT serving Canadians. They are not in our overall best interests.
But that is not my main complaint. I know corruption is part of the system and systemic corruption is what we have. My main complaint is that we do not trade within our own borders as if we were friends and neighbours. We do not have a domestic plan. We have accepted the modern and international interpretation of Capitalism as our own and we are simply not in a position to do so. We need a built-in-Canada plan.
Put in a way that everyone understands: gasoline in the US is $2.00 a gallon. Yes, there is a currency adjustment. Yes, there is difference in the measured gallon. But, here in BC, we pay C$5.00 a gallon or $3.60 cents for a US gallon. Almost TWICE as much. And the irony to this observation is that most of US imported oil comes from Canada (a bit more than OPEC) and it is all SUPPOSED to be somehow equalized under trade agreements. Really? It should NOT be equalized. Canadians (since we live greater distances) should pay less for OUR OWN resources than do those we export to.
Just-in? Are you listening?