If you are like me, an Ontario citizen who believes that: your taxes are too high and mis-used; government regulations are too many and mostly designed to increase government power; and that the Ontario Public Service is too big and wields too much monopoly power in their compensation demands —— if this describes your convictions about governments in general, then you have been silent for too long.
My wife and I have a wonderful weekend routine. I make a "red eye" coffee for each of us on our Gaggia espresso machine, then we settle on the couch with our 2 cats in attendance and chat about all sorts of things, including politics.
Yesterday, Cynthia and I were discussing how to reach and encourage entrepreneurs to create new and profitable business models that could address our GTA commuting and transportation problems. That's when she came up with a brilliant idea!
When you stop to analyze the fundamental role of government in modern society, it can be described in very simple terms: to take money from productive citizens ( taxes in their many forms) and to distribute these revenues to groups of politically designated recipients.
In the world of business, we have a name for the middle man who facilitates the exchange of financial or service transactions between parties: a 'broker' . I know this role very well. It is the way that I have earned my living for nearly all of my career.
Personal Freedom is a personal choice decided by each individual person. You choose how much personal freedom you give yourself. When you make your own desicions under your own free will, you have personal freedom. To quote a song "If you decide not to choose, you have still made a choice". You are your own decision maker.
I recently received a fundraising letter from the Society for Quality Education (SQE). They do a lot of good stuff in an attempt to improve the school system. They produced a documentary available on DVD, Charter Schools: Alberta’s Best-Kept Secret, which I highly recommend as an example of what can happen when schools are allowed to compete. They are often critical of the methods used by the public schools to teach our children, which is why I support them.
Have you ever wondered why Dalton McGuinty was unable to keep his promise 8 years ago to not increase taxes? My theory is that he is hooked on OPM! ;-)
For politicians like Mr. McGuinty, the temptation must be overwhelming to project himself as the 'Iron Man' of political heros by throwing OPM (other people's money) at every problem and hope that the problem will go away as if by magic. This seems to work in comic books but not so well in reality.
We read and hear about it all the time — patients with medical conditions, serious or otherwise, that find themselves waiting weeks and sometimes months for a visit with the appropriate medical professional.
Our usual response is generally apathy because we have become immune to the constant media barrage of bad news …. until the day that a medical crisis hits us, or someone close to us!
Public Sector strikes and other "work to rule" actions are generally not very popular with the public or the media. In some cases, citizens are inconvenienced by the disruption of services. If you are like me, however, a more typical reaction is: "How dare they?!"
"Live within your means" was a principle taught to me, and consistently role-modeled by, my parents from my earliest memories. From this modeling, my siblings and I absorbed an approach to life that includes being as debt free as possible. It therefore irks me to helplessly watch government debt rise to levels that make me very uncomfortable.