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

 

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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:

-- Paravani
 

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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
welcome, nice avatar....
 

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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


And "thank you" for the perfect Introduction. Love Canadians.
 

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Welcome Hrothgar,

Sooo what part of Canada we talking about here, I was born in London, Ontario but moved when I was 7 years old. I'm nosy and well I guess that's about it, I'm nosy..

Friendly, not so friendly and downright ignorant, you find all that around here.

Now me, I'm about as friendly as it gets, well mostly anyway...:lol:

Have fun, it works out better that way...:thup:
 

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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:

-- Paravani
It seems I've been caught with my rep down...:redface:
 

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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!
Welcome, eh...

Fiscal conservative and social liberal used to be prevalent in America. Even from the Republican party. But today the GOP is the party of socialism for the elite and 'fee' market capitalism for everyone else.


"The legitimate object of Government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves in their separate and individual capacities. But in all that people can individually do as well for themselves, Government ought not to interfere."
President Abraham Lincoln

"In all those things which deal with people, be liberal, be human. In all those things which deal with people's money, or their economy, or their form of government, be conservative."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
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Hrothgar

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Welcome Hrothgar,

Sooo what part of Canada we talking about here, I was born in London, Ontario but moved when I was 7 years old. I'm nosy and well I guess that's about it, I'm nosy..
I live in the Kitchener-Waterloo area (20 years now), although I lived in Toronto for 10 years prior to that, and Ottawa for part of my childhood and all of my high school years. I went to UWO for university and thoroughly enjoyed London for those years. It was big enough to be fun and small enough to be comfortable.

Also my family emigrated from Devon, UK, to London in 1850 or so. They set up as plumbers and founded a plumbing supplies company that runs to this day (EMCO, formerly Empire Brass Company). No longer run by the family now though.

Thanks for the warm greetings!
 

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Got a buddy that lives in Brampton. Visited him quite a few years ago on the way to the Quebec province. Other than that I've never been outside the U.S.
I made sure to go to McDonald's and get a coffee stir with the little spoon tip on it. :D
They quit using those here long ago.
 

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