reply to post by lonegurkha
Nah, Americans are fine. Your government on the other hand, is absolutely nutz. Whackadoodle type nutz.
Our government isn't well controlled by the people, but with our system, if the winner of the election doesn't win enough ahead of the others, the
opposition gets some say in how things are done. We can call an election at any time, as long as he is in this type of minority government. No one has
attempted that for a while, because Harper might get in with a majority vote, which means the opposition loses some of their leverage over him. Then
he could turn into more of a dictator than he is, yes, he hides a lot, and dictates lots, but he's way better than what you guys have down there.
Another thing about Canadian politics, is our elections don't start years in advance with months and months of election bickering. We call an
election, and it gets done fast. People figure out who they want from who's running, and they're in office in a couple of months, and it also costs
a lot less money than USA elections. Paper ballots get counted, and on election night, we know who's in by bedtime.
We got lucky with this world recession, because our banks are very well regulated, and also with mortgage rules that say mortgages cannot be sold to
another holder, unless the homeowner says OK. We also have strict rules on income needed to purchase houses, with proof of income, and rules on how
foreclosures are done, legally. Plus before he was a politician, Harper was an economist, so he knows money well. He was even on CNN once giving
advice, a couple of years ago, but no one down there listened.
If your government was smaller, less complicated, and listened better to the people, things might get done. They've gotten too big and powerful, and
it's getting full of politicians that aren't smart enough to do their jobs efficiently. It's run by corporate sponsors, who don't have people's
interests at heart. Foreign policy is about bribery to control.
Our government has a lot of problems too, but after watching lots of American news, they're getting less noticeable. After watching the republicans
and democrats "working" to make America a better place, Harper is looking better and better.
I never thought I would ever say that about
Harper, lol. It isn't Obama that's the problem, I don't think, it's all of them, the senate, congress, repulicans, democrats, all of them
combined. None of them seem to be able to agree on anything, and they fight just for the sake of fighting.