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Old 06-17-2011, 10:16 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Itís hard to find good economic news anywhere in the West. The Greeks are rioting, the Irish economy is in a tailspin. As the most recent dip in confidence index numbers show, American business leaders donít like where weíre headed, either. Yet there is one country where the unemployment rate actually fell last month: Canada. Its 7.4 percent unemployment rate reflects huge private-sector job gains consolidated over the past year. Thatís surprising from a nation with a big-government reputation.
As a recent Mercatus Center study showed, Canada set about fixing its fiscal house many years ago. The first order of business was trimming government spending, which was accomplished without triggering unemployment or requiring massive cuts in entitlements. These repairs allowed the country to weather this most recent global downturn with minimal stress. Itís not too late for America to learn from our neighbor to the north.


GHEI: Lessons from the Great White North - Washington Times

Apparently "trickle down" economics works very well
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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And regulation. Canadian banks didn't cause a crisis because they were well regulated.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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Back in 1994, Canada’s public debt to gross-domestic-product ratio was approximately 67 percent, just a little higher that the current figure for the United States, which was 62 percent at the end of 2010. Things are so out of control that the U.S. figure is projected to hit the danger level of 90 percent within the decade. Canada’s debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio fell to a low of 29 percent in 2009 before increasing slightly to 33 percent in 2010 - still about half of the current American level.
Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien started making spending cuts a priority and his Conservative Party successor, Stephen Harper, has continued the policy. At the federal level, Canada’s outlays dropped from almost 18 percent of GDP in 1993 to about 13 percent in 2009. At the same time, unemployment in Canada fell from double digits to a low of 6 percent in 2007. It’s simply not true that government spending is needed for job creation. The Mercatus study noted the United States experienced something similar following World War II, when both government spending and unemployment fell - yet the White House stubbornly clings to the Keynesian myth that this is an impossibility.
Canada’s policies have been far from perfect. Its leaders hiked some taxes, but they eventually came to their senses and started reforming the tax system by slashing corporate rates. At 15 percent, the Canadian federal corporate tax rate is almost 25 points lower than America’s, which is the worst among developed nations. Most provincial tax rates have also been trimmed significantly up there.
More from the link, and very interesting. I wasn't aware that Canada had reigned in the welfare state to the extent that they had.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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More from the link, and very interesting. I wasn't aware that Canada had reigned in the welfare state to the extent that they had.
The US needs to use the same path !
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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And regulation. Canadian banks didn't cause a crisis because they were well regulated.
And because their central government didn't encourage Brutus, the homeless man, to buy a 750,000 house.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:47 AM
 
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And regulation. Canadian banks didn't cause a crisis because they were well regulated.
And they didn't create a problem by creating policies of "fairness".

Like "everyone should be able to own a home, regardless of their ability to pay."
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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And healthcare. We should also do what Canada does with health care. I'm glad Republicans are coming around to seeing how well the Canadian model of governing is working for our neighbors to the north.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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And healthcare. We should also do what Canada does with health care. I'm glad Republicans are coming around to seeing how well the Canadian model of governing is working for our neighbors to the north.
The thing about Canadian health care is that they don't have fat, lazy peopel burdening the system and they have a government that, liberal or conservative, takes a stand on illegal immigration. Our liberal party here in the USA, refuses to enforce our laws because it gives them votes.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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And healthcare. We should also do what Canada does with health care. I'm glad Republicans are coming around to seeing how well the Canadian model of governing is working for our neighbors to the north.
I will agree that Canada has not been responsible for policing the world.

Canada does not have the huge recipient class that we have.

Everyone pays into their system.

No thank you.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Somewhere Out West
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More from the link, and very interesting. I wasn't aware that Canada had reigned in the welfare state to the extent that they had.
Canada is not a welfare state. Canada is a country with a social safety net for its citizens and legal residents (as are almost all of the other developed nations).

One thing Canada manages to do very well is put the interests of the people ahead of the interests of the lobbyists and corporate greed. They manage to cover all citizens/legal residents under a universal healthcare program that costs far less per person than the U.S. spends to augment the private sector solution. Canada also has more generous unemployment benefits, 52 weeks paid maternity leave for new mothers/fathers etc.
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