Oh, Canada!

Hawaii has made me gregarious and I find myself increasingly chatting with shop owners, getting their take on life in Hawaii and today’s economy.  In my very unscientific poll, tourism from the American mainland is down.  But tourism from Canada is up.  Here are the reasons I’ve been given:

  1. Hawaii is warm and Canada isn’t;
  2. Mexico is too scary/violent;
  3. Canada escaped the recession.

I’d always thought about Canada as our great socialist friend to the North, but Canada is more economically free than the US these days, which may go some ways to explain how they’ve done so much better during the global downturn.  In the latest economic freedom ranking, Canada rates #6 and America #10 (anything between 5 and 28 is “mostly” free, so America’s not even free!)  Soon, I fear, America won’t even make the top ten, which is really depressing.

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About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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