Over this side of the Pacific the secede thing comes up from time to time to. As usual just a storm in a tea cup at best. You would think in this day and age we would all want to be working more closely, more productivley together rather than the dog eat dog every man for himself.
I think some of you guys are being a bit hard on yourselves. Sure most of the western world is going thru difficlut times but try living in Greece or Spain for a while it may change your perpecive a little.
I'm fortunate enough to travel often, just coming back from my second big trip thru the U.S and Canada for a couple of months. Not some tour but an epic road trip thru WA. BC. YK. AK. NWT. AB. MT. WY and ID. Getting out of the car and chatting to locals- you guys. And I reckon your coming back. After the last election (although close) I believe most people are working out the trickle down approach dosen't work, isn't democracy is a wonderful thing
Infact the last great economic mess is demostraited proof. The big end of town do need regulation. There what started the mess. Not you, me or most western goverments.
humz, good couple of post there. The parralels between Alberta and a couple states here are astounding. The huge growth in some areas, the high AUD is stiffeling the growth in other parts of the economy.
You guys sure know how to complain about tax and fuel price for that matter but out of all the OECD countries your probably the lowest. If the US is going to get out the mess it needs more Tax and more expenditure cuts, it wont to do with one or the other. Not more tax for average person or family but for the big high end earners. For the average worker in the US real wages have not risen since 92 (I do my reseach and that is appauling)
I must say I have not seen a harder working nation you guys do work hard and good on yahs for it.
On the carbon emissions, I'll stick with IPCC report after all that's there expertese, there metarologist and climatologist. Isn't that the most logical people you would ask for a report on the planets health. Anybody else is like listening for to the guy in front bar of the pub. On a non scientific analasis I have traveled thoughout this world, seen countires like China and Russia with factories and beltching out crap like you wouldn't believe of all sorts of colours and to think "oh that wont hurt, the trees will clean that up..." yeah, right they will. Extreme weather events, here now, will be the curtain raiser for higher global temps, there here to. Crop failures lack of water... and the list goes on.