Re: They flag-wave as we prosper, Oct. 23 letters.
Letter-writer D. Barros of White Rock suggests the U.S.A. are ingrates due to the fact they want to stimulate their economy by repatriating jobs lost to China in the past 20 years.
What planet has Barros been living on? It is the greed factor employed by both corporate America and the Chinese government that got the U.S. into the second greatest recession of all ages; and now eyes have been opened and solutions suggested – some already put in place by President Barack Obama – that actually might work, and Barros is critical!
Insomuch as Canada is concerned, we have many of the same problems for the same reasons.
Do not hold us up as a model for the world just yet. We have enormous problems with poverty, unemployment and immigration. We are not a unified country, but are fastly becoming a country of ghettos, fraught with ghetto problems. Just look at the crime rates, and the increasing drug and gun problems in our cities.
Our government has bent over backwards, spending taxpayer dollars to accommodate immigrants moving to Canada with no language skills, no job skills and no resources. This has resulted in a fragmented society, divided anger and frustration.
It has, and will continue to, add to our deficit, depleting available resources for education and medical care for taxpaying Canadian – no hyphen – families.
Finally, our “neighbours to the south” are proud of their “flag-waving” patriotic attitude, as they should be. Where is our patriotism and flag waving?
The U.S.A. is, as well, the world power providing protection to many nations, including Canada, and they remain our largest trading partner.
Without them, where would Canada be?
R. Conley, Surrey