And A Letter To The S-R

I have to agree with Rod Morleys’ comments that these elected people seem to want nothing more than just being re-elected. Do you remember that only a few months ago during the October election…Canada was sailing along just fine according to Dave Mackenzie and his fellow band of merry CONServatives? That idea was thrown around repeatedly by those guys throughout their re-election campaign despite all of the economic indicators indicating otherwise. I would call it a lie, but they call it getting elected.I guess it’s okay to lie to the people when you are trying to get a public job. I wonder if Dave would like to explain what has gone wrong between the time he was re-elected and today when hundreds of thousands are losing their jobs across Ontario and Canada? Chances are he doesn’t have a clue, as he didn’t have a clue that this recession was coming.I mean the guy couldn’t even recognize that we were heading towards a disaster of immense proportions.(Although thousands of other average Canadians of average intelligence that watched the US news at anytime during the past year were made well aware that something was coming down the chute our way due to the inextricable link between our economy and the US economy… I wonder how it is that our supposedly intensely intelligent elected community ‘leader’ could possibly be so blind? I guess things don’t really matter to those elected guys as long as it is not their jobs on the line…oh yeah, I forgot…these guys are guaranteed a job…no matter what they do or do not do, no doubt they cannot relate to us. Yes, we were all duped by the Harper government team into believing a vote for Stephane Dion and his Liberals was a vote for economic disaster. Commander Steve said he was the only guy that could do the job and now it seems funny to see him begging the other parties for another chance to govern.(He’d do anything to stay in power for just a little bit longer…just one more day he begs the country…one more chance…please!) Seems like the commander hasn’t a clue either how we got here. A couple months ago it was all let them eat cake…or buy some stocks…there’s tons of opportunity in a market downturn. I wonder if he never watches CNN or reads the papers? This economic disaster has hit us right in the face. Now it looks like Dion was right to want to shift Canada away from the predominance of industrial manufacturing into a new styled economy. I’m wondering how many other smart ideas and concepts have been destroyed by politics? While we struggle to keep our heads above the water, our elected MP will suffer nothing. While we strive to stave off bankruptcies, our MP will be attending dinners and galas and will take trips and will still have a vacation longer than any of us will ever imagine. Despite other Canadians losing value in their pensions our elected MP will continue to build enormous wealth at our expense through his publicly funded pension plan. I don’t know that there is anything we can do to save ourselves under the current system in which we live. But I do know one thing, as long as we keep on electing the same style governments, then not one Canadian should expect anything other than what we already have. And that isn’t good.

Jim Bender
Woodstock, Ontairo


  1. Tom
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    The Liberal Party are the ones who booted Dion because he lost the election. He should have lied like Chritien about GST. Oops, sorry, Liberals don’t lie to get elected.

  2. Cari
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Harper says he watches nothing but American channels at night.. so how could he avoid hearing how bad it was getting down there….?Flaherty said he knew in 2007, and that is why they lowered the GST. That is a laugh!!!

  3. Anonymous
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    ” Now it looks like Dion was right to want to shift Canada away from the predominance of industrial manufacturing into a new styled economy. “

    Oh really? And just what style of economy would that be?

  4. Anonymous
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I think he is right. We are not prepared for the changing economy.
    China, India and various second world economies have driven up the middle to become the first world economies while North America buys the goods they manufacture. We are creating a future union of burger flippers.

  5. jim bender
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I don’t think I’m right.
    I just feel that every idea is worth examining at this point and there has to be another way to conduct ourselves. Some really serious thought should be given to some of the fringe ideas we’ve been hearing about for years now. Beating this crisis will take imagination and the guts to put that imagination to use. Im just not sure if anyone is up for the job.

  6. jim bender
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Oh yes…and ps Tom…Is there any difference between Chretien lying about the GST, or Harper lying about the state of the nation last fall?
    I agree with you on that one, they do share that common character trait, but I still think Chretien had some funky groove!

  7. Anonymous
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    I still haven’t seen one concrete example of these new economies. What is going to replace producing goods for sale? How are people to earn a living? The fundamental basis of any economy is adding value to a product and selling it at a profit. That’s called manufacturing. All the other service industries are supported by manufacturing. No manufacturing. No economy.

    What’s your alternative?

  8. jim bender
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Like Ive said…we need to look in new directions.
    1/We just cannot continue building millions of cars and bailing out the guys that made them.If they cannot produce a cheap but safe small fuel efficient vehicle then no one will buy the damned things and what is the point of building more of the same that no one wants?
    2/Alternative energy needs to be advanced and brought down cost wise in order to create a demand for those new technologies.(Fuel sources etc)
    3/Examine our trade laws…are they working for us or against us?
    4/Lack of innovation has landed us in this situation. If we all weren’t so blind we would be thinking about the changes ahead of us.Instead we are all worried for the here and now.(and that is what the government has responded to …the here and now)
    5/ If it was up to me, I would legalize pot and tax the living shit out of it. I would put that into the new idea perspective. This would create opportunity for cultivation(farmers), distribution(Middlemen or retailers) plus it would save money on the enforcement end.It would also help to address addiction concerns through measured access like the LCBO does.(which makes money)
    That would create real value for the economy versus puffing up GM and Chrysler.
    Personally when it comes down to it, every idea should be looked at. Otherwise we are just shooting ourselves in the foot.
    I just feel that we will need to be a little more creative if we want to survive, otherwise we will not survive for long after all of our money is handed out to old school ideas like building mass production vehicles that no one wants to buy.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    OK then. You’re not talking about a “new” economy. You’re talking about shifting the emphasis of the “old” economy, which could actually improve the situation.

    Here’s a suggestion that requires no new tech. Let’s get back to making our own socks and underwear. We’ve lost our light and medium manufacturing and textile industries to overseas producers. Our manufacturing base is too focused on auto related products. We need to diversify and learn to make our own consumer goods again rather than letting the Orient do it for us.

    There was a time when most Canadian homes had televisions, washing machines, dryers and toasters that were manufactured by CANADIANS. Those jobs were all exported overseas.

    I wonder why we’re in trouble.

  10. jim bender
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Good idea.
    Too bad we sold all the knitting equipment to China.

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