Posted by Tim Stobbs on January 16, 2009
Within a few days now we are going to see an interesting few weeks start to roll out. Obama is going to take office in the US and be sitting in front of the world’s biggest mess. Then the week afterward the Canadian government introduces it’s budget and we get to find out if the opposition either defeats the government and dumps us in another election or the opposition coalition gives a try on running the government or just pass the budget.
In both countries I’m dreaming that things turn out alright in the long haul, but I have to admit I have my doubts. Yet Obama I’m less worried about. Why? He at least has a vision. He knows where I wants the country to go and at least a rough idea on how to get it there. In Canada I’ve yet to see anyone display a shred of vision. We blindly follow policies that sound nice in isolation, but really don’t get us anywhere in the big picture.
Hell in Canada the lack of vision is so bad the current government given up coming up with their own CO2 legislation and have basically said they are just going to copy what ever the US does. This lack of vision is disturbing to say the least since it could get us sucked into a poor agreement for Canada. Yes, any change is going to be expensive, but that was going to happen anyway as infrastructure gets older and needs to be replaced. Yet without any guidance for the last few years all the government has done is shove the change into a more narrow window, which in the long run is just going to increase prices even faster.
There are no easy choices or solutions. Stop looking for them, they don’t exist. There are going to be winners and losers regardless of the choice. So stop whining about it and get a move on. If you want to stimulate the enconomy just roll out some CO2 regulations. You are going to see a huge amount of spending in a very short window and not to mention some serious job creation. Are there going to be job loses in some industries? You bet, but guess what right now doing nothing those jobs are still at risk anyways.
Life sucks some times, let’s be proactive for a change of pace and perhaps get a little vision. Or more likely not. At least I can dream about it.