Greetings From Canada

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  1. Hrothgar
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    Hi Folks,
    I have been a political junkie since I was old enough to understand the news. I was lucky enough to travel a lot as a child, so look at politics from a world-view as much as possible, the inter-connectedness of countries and economic unions, etc. Given that the US is Canada's biggest trade partner and ally, I have always been fascinated (perhaps unhealthily so) with US politics and economics.

    I hope to participate actively and perhaps provide a semi-outsider's perspective from time to time.

    PS. I was very impressed by the general tone of the forums here...much less ranting than I have seen elsewhere. Perhaps the rep system helps to manage this to some extend but it is a welcome breath of fresh air, to discuss and debate politics without just slagging each other.

    Best wishes,
    Hrothgar
     
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    Welcome.

    Got weed?
     
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    Or, as we say here: Goodday, eh?

    I should mention that I am a fiscal conservative and social liberal. That may seem like an oxymoron in the US but it works out fairly well here in Canada. Both the Liberal and Conservative parties are quite middle-of-the-road and, with universal health care fully entrenched, and Canadians being, for the most part, the "look out for your neighbour" types, no political party can simply ride off into the sunset telling the poor and unemployed to look after themselves. We also have the NDP party, which is very socialist, although not quite communist as many right-wingers might suggest. And one Green party member of parliament.

    I dislike politics for the sake of politics. I despise lobbyists and the influence they hold over governments. I admire governments that are pragmatic and have the well-being of the people uppermost in mind. It's a shame that that is so rare these days...politicians do what it takes to get them re-elected, the long-term future be damned.

    And no, I don't have weed, but I could buy some and smoke some and not get arrested for it!

    Cheers!
     
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    Yeah, I don't smoke it either... just me being goofy. But, I totally agree, what a colossal waste of time and money locking up potheads.
     
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    Welcome, I think.

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    Welcome to USMB, Hrothgar! Hope you're having the most beautiful October ever in O so Beautiful Canada!

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    welcome :)
     
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    Nice to meet you, Hrothgar!

    All right, you oldsters here, get with the program! Give the nice newbie some rep, 'cause you know my puny 75 points is getting him nowhere fast!

    :lol:

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