With the situation here in the states being what it is, I hear a lot of people comparing the US to Canada, as in " if it goes south here, I'm heading for Canada"!
I have a friend in Florida that I was talking to last week and she is from Canada, a snowbird. Of course the conversation drifted to the difference in healthcare, government and politics in general.
A lot of people think of Canada as a utopia, where they have universal healthcare, cheap drugs and a stable government, which they do.
But in talking to a Canadian, it's not all sweets and honey. They have problems with wait times just like we do, but there is a difference between the two. In Canada, the wait times are caused by prioritizing their medical delivery system to care for the sickest first. Elective surgeries do not take precedence over emergencies. Mediction does not put you in the poorhouse or bankruptcy.
In America it's what is in your insurance, does it cover this or that, with the insurance company trying to see what they can deny, and then how cheaply then can get it for. The Pharmaceutical companies want extortion rates on drugs that the US pays for and then gives to the insurance company to gouge us for 20 years by issuing a patent.
All is not well anywhere any more, but we can at least stop being stupid and allowing these companies to buy our politicians and dictating policies that benefit only them. Washington is corrupt, as are many state legislatures, we all know that.
2101 billionaires own as much as the entire middle class in this country and you think that's OK? Let me sell you a bridge in Brooklyn, NY. Nice riverside view!
Inequality is dangerous, both for the ones who have it and the ones who don't. Mark my words, the next few years are not going to be pretty.
So if you want instant gratification, or feel you should be treated better than the next person because you have money, think again and don't go to Canada, because believe me, they don't want your short-sighted ass!
If you feel you can wait a few months for an elective surgery and cheaper meds that you can afford, put up with an English type government, and be treated with respect, then by all means if the shit hits the fan here, I'm going there, if they will have me. Don't get me wrong, I loved what this country used to be. I remember a simple time, when neighbors helped neighbors. Hell, nowadays, you don't know your neighbor, and you don't care.
I remember a simpler time when you left your doors unlocked because you had reason to trust, you didn't worry about walking home at night, when you didn't have all the technology driving you, when life revolved around the next coule of miles. You had friends and neighbors you talked to.
Life has gotten very chaotic in the past thirty years, mainly due to greed by 2101 greedy people! Don't you think it's feasible that no one needs a billion dollars, much less multiple billions?
Just remember one thing "It's only money". Survival of the fittest will depend upon knowledge of the real world, not the financial world. That money will be worth nothing, to you or anybody else. The only way mankind will stay alive is by adaptation to it's surroundings, and that takes knowledge and planning. Rich people will die off quickly, because food can only be preserved for a limited time, and they know not how to get their hands dirty.
I know I have rambled on a bit, but that's what happens when you live in Maine and have free weed and can't sleep!
But getting back to the US versus Canada, it's not all that different. Yes we have different problems and objectives, but the Canadian people take their country a lot more seriously than we do or we wouldn't be in the mess we're in.
Think about that for awhile!
As always, may you have peace in your life and may you learn to treat your fellow man with dignity!
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