Of The People, By The People, For The People – Sounds Good . . . No?
It’s Too Bad It “Ain’t” True . . . Since the Day when President Lincoln Said those Iconic Words at his Gettysburg Address, they have Proven to be Empty, because I am UTTERLY CONVINCED that the People are SIMPLY TOO STUPID, LAZY, SELFISH, GREEDY & IGNORANT to handle the Responsibility of Self Governance.
I’m Watching the Ontario Election Unfold before my Eyes – And In One Simple Word to Describe it . . . DISASTER!
Doug Ford . . . The Conservative Leader, who I Backed with my Vote & Money, is doing a Great Rendition of Silence of the Lambs. Where The Hell is He? Where’s his Booming Voice of Indignation to how the LEFT are Destroying our Province through Nonsensical Legislations after Legislation?
The LEFT are out there Promoting the Sun, the Moon & the Stars-Up-Above . . . all to be Paid for with Other People’s Money – AND THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY WIN!
If It Isn’t FAIR-TRADE . . . Who Needs It At All?
As A Canadian, I should be Cheering for Canada over the USA – But I Am Not! How can I Cheer for Canada, when my Canadian Government, Bureaucrats, Politicians & “Marketing Boards” Treat Canadians as if we were their Piggy Banks?
Yesterday (May 31, 2018) . . . President Trump Followed-Through on his Promise, which he made to the American People during and since he was Elected to become America’s 45th President . . . To LEVEL The International Playing Field On Trade.
What’s Incredible . . . Is how America’s “Great & Good Friends” like Canada, England & France, have Reacted, almost out of Shock to President Trump’s DEMAND FOR FAIR-TRADE, Opposed to the Joke of Free-Trade, because I don’t exactly know what FREE-TRADE is supposed to mean . . .
Is It Supposed To Mean . . . that Everyone can sell their Stuff to the USA at Cheap Prices, but America Cannot Sell its Stuff to Anyone Else at Equally Cheap Prices?
I’ll Give You A Perfect Example . . . Canada, but mostly the Separatist Province of Quebec, which Produces Almost Half of all Canadian Dairy Products, is Strictly Managed through the Canadian Dairy Commission, which is Canada’s National Canadian Milk Board, Inevitably Sub-Managed By The Provinces.
Notice All The Bureaucrats Managing What People Can & Cannot Produce.
This Commission . . . Decides upon every Facet Of Dairy Farming in Canada, from how many Producing Cows a Farmer can Have, to how Much or how Little each Farmer is Allowed UNDER THE LAW to Produce, to who Collects the Milk, how the Milk is Processed . . . AND HOW IT’S PRICED & DISTRIBUTED ON THE RETAIL MARKET.
More than that . . . This Board Decides Who Is Allowed To Operate A Dairy Farm By A Government QUOTA SYSTEM . . . Meaning There’s No Competition Allowed – PERIOD!
What makes this Obscenity of “Supply Management”, which is nothing more than a COMMUNIST ERA-STYLE-SYSTEM . . . is that this Outrage to Freedom of Agriculture, IS THAT NO ONE – AND I MEAN NO ONE IN CANADA, is Allowed to Commercially Produce even a Drop of Cow’s Milk without having a Government PERMIT (Quota) to do so, Even For His Or Her Own Consumption.
Same Thing For All The Milk Spinoffs . . . But it doesn’t End just there. Canada also has Government Protected “Supply Management”, which Regulates Poultry, Eggs, Pork . . . Etc.
Several Years Ago . . . August 1, 2012 – So We’re Only Talking Six Years – Canada, through our then Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, ENDED THE DRACONIAN CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD, which had the Government Monopoly on all Grains Grown from Manitoba to British Columbia.
From The Province Of Ontario To The Atlantic . . . No Such Board Existed.
When I write Draconian . . . I’m Not Being Facetious, Western Grain Farmers who Wanted to sell their own Harvest outside of the Government Board, were in Violation of the Law . . . and were Fined, as well as Having their Agricultural Equipment, Trucks & Property Seized if they were Caught & Couldn’t Pay the Fine.
Some of the Western Grain Farmers WERE ACTUALLY JAILED for Bringing even a Modicum (Token) of their Crop to the USA.
I AM NOT WRITING ABOUT THE OLD SOVIET UNION, China, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea . . . Etc. I’m Writing About Canada.
I’m Not Even Writing About Something that was Law a Hundred Years Ago, I’m Writing About Canada IN THE YEAR 2012, where Canadian Grain Farmers were LEGALLY PUNISHED for selling their Own Grains, which they Seeded on their Own Land, and at their Own Expense, without Selling it through the Canadian Wheat Board.
A Liter Of Milk In Canada, which is Slightly Smaller than a US Quart, in Cornwall Ontario, which is the Biggest Little City near where Anne & I Live is $2.30. In NY State just Across the River from Cornwall, the Price for a Liter of Milk is $0.87.
For A Family Of Four . . . Who would Consume as many as 2-Liters of Milk Per Day in Canada (which isn’t that much), the cost would be slightly more than $1,600 Per Year. For the American Family, Consuming the same Volume, the cost would be slightly more than $300 Per Year.
“LE PRESIDENT” BRIE CHEESE MADE IN CANADA . . . At Walmart in Canada, the Price is $8. The Exact Same Cheese, at Walmart Just Across The Border In The USA is $4 . . . “Nuff Said”!
I’m Neither Interested Nor Concerned . . . with what’s Happening in England, France and the Rest of the World vis a vis Trade with the USA. But I do Care Deeply About What’s Happening Between Canada & America.
I Have Traveled Throughout North America, and I can tell you without any Exaggeration, that there are Few Regions in the Continental United States, with the Exception of Alaska, WHERE I HAVEN’T DRIVEN THROUGH.
And When I Write Driven Through, I mean I Stop & Meet the People. I’m Interested in how the People Live, what they Do, how they Think, and how much Different or Alike they are from me.
So I Know Of What I write. And I know that the American Heartland is a Massive Farming Center, with all sorts of Agriculture, INCLUDING A GARGANTUAN DAIRY INDUSTRY, which By & Large, is still Operated as Family Farms, in spite of Everything we hear to the Contrary . . .
And These American Dairy Farmers, like all Businesspeople, want to sell their Produce, Raw or Processed into Canada, Just Like Canadian Producers Sell their Dairy Produce Freely Into The United States Of America . . . BUT THE AMERICANS CANNOT, because the Communist-Style Canadian Marketing Boards, Euphemistically Called Supply Management, Will Not Permit FAIR-TRADE between the Two Countries, any more than the Dairy Board Will Allow Individual Canadian Farmers To Earn An Unfettered Living On Family-Farms.
I would like to Pay almost a THIRD the Price for a Liter of Milk, and about HALF the Price for a Brick of Brie Cheese . . . But I Can’t, because between the Canadian Farmers, the Bureaucrats and the Politicians . . . THEY HAVE THE MARKET CORNERED. And the Consumers at their Mercy.
But It’s Not Just Dairy – There’s Also An Egg Board . . . where in Canada, we pay on average $2.98 Per Dozen Eggs, while in the USA, a Dozen Eggs of Similar Quality costs Slightly more than $1.
But . . . Because Anne and I live so close to the US Border, we cross Once or Twice a Month into America, fill the Truck with US Gas, which saves us $45 Per Tank, which Pays the Cost of the Round Trip . . . PLUS.
My Truck Takes 48-US Gallons of Gasoline. By Canadian Measurement, that’s 184 –Liters. In Ontario, where we live in the Summer, the Current Cost for Gasoline Per Liter is $1.30 (on the cheap). The Math Is Easy. 184 Times $1.30 Equals $240 To Fill My Tank.
When I Fill-Up with US Gas, the Cost to Fill is $150 US, based on the Current Price of $3.11 Per US Gallon in Massena NY. And when Converting US Dollars to Canadian, our Saving is about $45 Per Tank. That buys a lot of Cheese, Chickens, Eggs & Turkeys.
Between Canada & The USA . . . Quartered & Seasoned Raw Chickens are easily One Third to One Quarter the Cost. Frozen Turkeys are also Easily Half the Cost. On Special Commercially Produced Premium Dog-Food (Rachael Ray) “Just Six” . . . we can save as much as $100 Per Bag over a Comparable Canadian Quality.
So If You Were Me . . . Who Would You Be Cheering For?
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov