Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Sad State of Politics


During the 1990's I lived in the U.S. for a period of four years which was an opportunity that provided a great social/cultural experience for my family as well as offering irreplaceable business experience for myself. As much as we enjoyed our time there, it wasn't home, it gave me a greater sense of appreciation for what we have in Canada and consequently I had no desire to remain there long-term. Given the current state of affairs south of the border, I am even more grateful to be back yet I have followed the Presidential race closely.
The procedure to elect a new U.S. President is a long and onerous one taking the better part of two years. They are a country at war, their economy is in a mess and the banking/financial community, well what can one say? They desparately need new leadership in place and quickly. The process is too long, too costly and has dragged on to the point where they have thrashed over all the relevent issues enough so as to allow Americans to make an informed decsion as to whom is best capable to lead the country in these troubled times. In the last couple of weeks the process has now become nothing more than mud-slinging and inconsequential rhetoric that fails to address the real issues facing the U.S. and indeed the world.
Case in point, Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, now a mere eight days from the election is dwelling on the accusations about her alleged $150,000 wardrobe. At a political rally yesterday Ms. Palin who insists she is just a hockey-mom and typical housewife went into great detail to say that her wedding ring was purchased by her, in Hawaii for $35.00. Further, she said it was in her pocket because it hurts when she shakes hands. Everyone knows that you shake hands with your right hand and not your left which is where you wear your wedding ring. Come on Sarah. She is either (a) not very bright (b) is being completely mishandled by Republican strategists or (c) is typical of many politicians that believes you can indeed fool all the people all the time. Why she is in the position she is in is completely beyond me and can only lead you to question the competence of John McCain and the Republican party for selecting such a weak personality as a Presidential running mate.
Ms. Palin has repeatedly demonstrated thoughout the campaign that she is far from qualified and or experienced for the postion being sought. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against women in politics or power and one need only look at Hazell McCallion the Mayor of Mississauaga or Margaret Thatcher's role as Prime Minister of Britain to realize just how capable some women are in the political environment. But Sarah Palin? Let's hope our neighbours to the south use some sound judgement come election day next Tuesday. God help them (and us) if they don't.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.