Saturday, July 18, 2015

Harper Fiddles While Canada Burns

Harper Fiddles While Canada Burns

Well, we don't wanna wish him the same fate as what happened to Nero. He should live long enough to regret his dictatorial mismanagement of Canada. But I think it's a reasonably accurate analogy of our dictator even though I find it hard to believe that people will still care enough to give him a black eye two thousand years from now. Just this mornin' he was blamin' Canada's economic downturn on China. Europe, an' the U.S. of A., but it wasn't enough for him to authorize any stimulus spending.

How about some smarter spendin' Mr. Prime Minister? I keep Harpin' on it (pun intended) but nobody's answerin' the door in yer brain. Well finally, with the whole western half of the country ablaze, the provincial budgets depleted, an' firefighters from as far away as Australia an' New Zealand here fightin' the fires, you send in the army.

Well, it's about time! It's the wrong time for sure, but it's about time ya committed the army to do somethin' for Canada! Apparently it's only a temporary measure though until the fires are under control. That's just another band-aid solution. Just when are you white guys ever gonna smarten up?

Well there's people what know how and when to start forest fires and even where too. At least they used to. How do you think we got the landscape we got? Long before us white guys showed up, the Aboriginal people took care of the forest fires in the late fall and early spring in controlled burns. That certainly lightened the load of summer burning. Mind you, if a lightning strike got things outta control, they had the advantage of being able to load up their homes on travois and take off for cooler places. (Not that it would hurt to burn some of them government homes on reserves to the ground).

I know it sounds unthinkable, but it occurs to me that we should be handing over the management of forest fires to the people who have a track record in properly controlling the burns. We should in fact hand over the care and keepin' of all our physical resources to the Aboriginal community before they forget how to do it too. I know that flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but when one thinks of the tremendous spin off benefits of such a move, eating a little crow over our superior intelligence is a small price to pay. At least that's how it seems to me from up here on the top shelf.

Just sayin'.


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