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Disbelief

Now Let’s All Just Pretend That Everything Is Good…

The suspension of disbelief required to have continued faith in the status quo, is becoming more difficult to justify with every passing day. News headlines proclaiming strength in financial markets conveniently smooth over the possible wrinkles in the theories, inherent instabilities in growth projections, the shuffling of funny money assets to create an appearance of profit. Politicians fully believing the message of hope in a failing system, despite runaway budgets and cost-cutting measures that hurt the greatest contributors to the tax system the most.

The States are facing a watershed moment and most of Canada is oblivious to any flow on impacts to our wellbeing, economic or otherwise. Canada gave the impression of being relatively unharmed by the global downturn that ravaged countries like Greece, the UK and Spain, however the longer term impacts have not been considered, nor can we expect any politician, in their political-term mind to express anything but a positive message for the economy – in their words, whatever we do or have done in response to the recession, it is all for the good of the country, and all the debt will be paid off in about as many years as it will take for the general population to forget that anyone ever made a promise about the economy way back in 2010.  And anyone who would dare bring up the fact that a promise was made years ago, will be publicly ridiculed for their efforts, encouraging the average Joe to suck it up and silently curse the government as he reads the morning paper, but never to shake a fist in the air at the injustice of it all.

While the governments around us aim for excellence in discrete sound-bite packages, it is becoming evident that merely reaching adequate is going to be a great challenge for humanity over the coming decades. What shall we do to combat the rising trend of spending to maintain belief in a failing system? Where is the rational thought of what the true priorities of the country, state/province/towns are? Where is the thought-provoking discussions on minimum levels of service rather than the latest mega-project?

The act of spending encourages belief in the system – that is one of the reasons why governments continue to spend money until they literally have none left to spare – i.e. Colorado Springs.

Personal Note

Quite unintentionally, my writing ground to a halt this week, it might have had something to do with the sledgehammer-like pounding in my head, or maybe I was just tired. Either way, things will probably remain a little slower over the next few weeks – there is a lot to write about, but I need to rest a little.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.