Saturday, 3 November 2012
John F. Kennedy...history has made us friends!
As we approach election day in America, it's time to review the candidates.....
It's no secret that our friends in America have seen better days and when the Americans get a tummy ache, Canadians too often end up with severe gas. We’ve all heard the numbers. Twenty-six million Americans are out of work and 52 million are on food stamps. The debt is at $17 trillion, over double what it was when Obama was elected; promising his dubious version of change, no less. But it’s not just the size of the debt, it's that they owe too much of it to the Chinese! There can't be many Korean War veterans pleased with this!
So why are American senators getting upset at the prospect of a Chinese state-owned enterprise buying Nexen, a second-tier player in our Alberta oil sands? If they were that concerned about Chinese influence in the North American economy, why is their leader begging Beijing to buy more American Treasuries? It would make more sense for Canadian legislators to worry about America adopting the Chinese flag!
And there’s the Keystone XL Pipeline and the new bridge at Windsor. Yes, Canada has a lot at stake in how the American election turns out. Two-thirds of everything we export still goes to our American friends.
If the right decisions get made in America, it means substantially more jobs and prosperity for Canada. So what should we hope for in the American election? We could wish for the election of Mitt Romney, but not for the reasons you might suspect. The truth is, Barack Obama cannot be blamed for all the economic woes in the U.S. In 1992, Clinton waived the Glass-Steagall Act giving bankers back the power that they lost after the great depression in the dirty 30's that led to the housing bubble that cratered the American economy in 2008 and further polarized America and Congress when he tried to push through health-care reform led by his wife, Hillary.
It was only when Obama tacked to the right and worked with the Republicans that he got some things done. Notably he signed welfare reform, a Republican initiative. He also worked across the aisle to bring in NAFTA and balance the budget. Barack Obama also began his term polarizing Americans and Congress on health-care reform and he hasn’t recovered since. He hasn’t been able to pass a budget in three years, but the economic problems Americans face are immense and can only be tackled with the help of Congress.
Unfortunately, Barack Obama is probably the most liberal president in U.S. history, in a country where two-thirds of the population self-identifies as conservatives. Considering his many missteps, he is unlikely to ever get the bi-partisan support necessary to get America back on its feet.
But possibly the most damaging of all is the recent Libyan fiasco. Despite a carefully narrated version of events rolled out late this week by the CIA claiming agents jumped into action as soon as they were notified of calls for help in Benghazi, security officials on the ground say calls for help went out considerably earlier and signs of an attack were mounting even before that. The accounts, from foreign and American security officials in and around Benghazi at the time of the attack, indicate there was in fact a significant lag between when the threat started to show itself and help started to arrive.
As a Republican governor in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney worked across the aisle to balance the budget and, ironically, to bring in health-care reform. Mitt Romney would never knowingly put his staff in harm's way without tactical support. America needs a President who can work across party lines. America needs a President who will stand up.....and make the difficult choice. America needs Mitt Romney in the White House. Canada needs Mitt Romney in the White House.
This being said, i'll leave the final word to America's favourite son, cut down in the prime of his life.....
"Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. What unites us is far greater than what divides us."... John F. Kennedy's address before the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.. May 17, 1961
....for additional information about the American election, you may want to take a look at this you tube video....