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Can We Talk?

The Trouble With Clinton

She’ll never change.  With her it’s always knee-jerk reactions.  Like the latest – telling Bush to boycott the Olympics.  Now granted, he is (in my opinion) a war criminal and nobody is anxious to have him around but that’s not the point.  Instead of being on the side of the athletes who worked long and hard, she’s using it for her own political gain.  Well, she hopes, anyway.

What do you think she’d do if she wins the presidency?  Will she stop trade with China?  Not on your life.  China cannot be ignored.  She’s too big and too powerful.  She’ll go, hat in hand, just like all the others to promote trade.

That’s where our former Prime Minister had it right.  From back in 1993, he led trade missions to China and other ports of call.  He knew the power of the dragon.  I’m happy to say that, although our trade with the US has declined, our trade with China and other overseas countries has increased.  So it should be.  We were relying on the US as our main customer and, although they’re conveniently located next to us, their economy went south and who knows if they’ll ever recover.  We had no choice but to find other customers. 

Free trade.  Yeah, that’s a joke.  Well, it’s great as long as it’s going their way but the minute it isn’t, they want out.  It’s their way or the highway.  For me, put them on the back burner and look for business elsewhere.

It is estimated that about one million Americans live in Canada.  Some for business reasons, others are students.  I swear a good many come illegally, buy fake health cards and use our socialized medicine.  I say, let’s round them up and send them home.  I don’t want them in jail here.  That would mean our taxpayers’ money supporting them.

But to get back to Clinton, when we had the big power cut, her finger pointed north – it was our fault.  Even after it was proven to be the fault of the Ohio grid, she never apologized or even just corrected herself.  No, no Nanette.  Not Ms Clinton.

How about the 911 guys?  That finger pointed north claiming they came from Canada.  They didn’t.  In fact they came from within the US.  When is that finger-pointing going to stop?

Now, she’s going to revisit NAFTA.  Go right ahead, Hillary.  But why in your speeches are you saying you’re losing jobs to NAFTA.  You’re losing jobs to India and China.  Last time I looked, they were not in North America and certainly had nothing to do with NAFTA.  Now, I know your education system sucks.  I know most of Americans don’t know where Canada is.  I know you’re using their ignorance to convince them that we’re the culprits.

Oh the sadness of it all.

Folks, vote for Barak Obama.  Please tell me he’s different.

Well, that’s my rant for the day.  I feel better now.

April 17th, 2008 Posted by | Personal Opinions, politics | no comments

NAFTA Uncovered

First of all, let me just say that when the first free trade aggrement was reached between Canada and the US during Reagan’s time, I hated it as did many others.  It did terrible things to us.  American companies who had manufacturing plants in Canada, picked up their things, closed the plants and moved to the US.

After a few years, it turned out it was good for both countries.  So good, they figured they extend it to Mexico and so NAFTA was born.  That was hard on our workers again.  Mexico had cheep labour and our manufacturers were only too glad to go where the cheap labour was.  I don’t recall that our prices were lowered as a result.

But when I hear US politicians talk about blaming NAFTA for their country’s woes, and at the same time talking about cheap imports and environmental concerns and cheap labour etc., they’re talking about China and India.  They’re sure not talking about Canada.  They’re not even talking about Mexico.  Do they really think the American people are so stupid, they don’t know the difference?

Well, maybe they are.  Who am I to say?  I guess that Trillion dollar war had nothing to do with the state of their nation, eh?

March 3rd, 2008 Posted by | Personal Opinions, politics | no comments