Sunday, February 10, 2013
The Snowmageddon and the Con Apocalypse
Golly. I don't know how I did it. Survived the Great Toronto Snowmageddon.
Because it was brutal eh?
Toronto has not seen a snowfall exceeding 15 centimetres since Dec. 19, 2008, said Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips.
Not the storm itself, which was only a Snowmageddon if you don't live in Alberta, or Saskatchewan, or Manitoba, or Quebec, or the Atlantic provinces, or anywhere in northern Canada.
No, the brutal part was watching Peter Mansbridge making it sound like the world was ending...
And the REALLY scary part was the sight of Jimbo Flaherty crawling out of his snow hole after it was all over.
Claiming he couldn't see his shadow...
Only to be proved horribly wrong. Again.
Canada's economy shed 22,000 jobs in January, but a corresponding drop in the number of unemployed people looking for work caused the jobless rate to also drop, to seven per cent. Statistics Canada said the jobless rate ticked 0.1 percentage points lower as 57,500 people stopped looking for jobs — more than enough to offset the decline in the number of jobs.
And I do mean horribly wrong.
Ominously, labour force participation is still falling — five straight years now of disengagement by Canadians from the world of work. Overall participation fell to 66.6% (rounded UP, and seasonally adjusted). Compared to peak pre-recession participation, participation has declined almost 2 full points. That decline in participation corresponds to the disappearance of 355,000 Canadian workers — and that discouraged army gets bigger every month.
Because nobody is going to dig us out of that one eh?
Except maybe a REVOLUTION.
And yes, it was a snow job...
For seven years Stephen Harper and Jimbo Flaherty managed to fool a lot of Canadians into thinking that they were good "money managers" while doing everything wrong.
Putting all our eggs into one basket, like Alberta.
Failing to create any new green jobs for the 21st Century. Cutting government jobs at a time when the private sector wasn't creating any. Presiding over record levels of household debt, and a world class housing bubble.
Now the buzzards are coming home to roost, the bubble is about to burst, and we're ALL going to pay for it.
And the good news? Forget about the Snowmageddon, it's the beginning of the Con Apocalypse.
After this nobody except their dumb base will believe that the Cons are good money managers. Defeating them in the next election is about to become a whole lot easier.
The sun is rising in Canada again.
And Great Snow Job Leader has never looked more vulnerable...
Organize, unite, MELT THEM.
You bring the salt, I'll bring the blower.
Canada in winter.
Don't you just LOVE it?
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