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Subject: My opinion on unions, natives, the CRTC, marriage laws, education and more
Some quotes I’ve run across over the years that sum up my opinion on a variety of controversial topics (I couldn't have said it any better myself):

Unions:

Unions promote mediocre behavior. There is no incentive to be above average since your efforts will not be rewarded, just as the fear of being punished for poor work ethics does not exist. Union leaders tell their members what to do, what to say and how to act. They are even told how to vote. There is no independent thought in the union environment. Union members are just a bunch of lemmings unwilling and unable to care for themselves since they always have someone else who is supposed to care for them. When a union workers loses their job, the first thing that crosses their mind is "who will look after me now" instead of thinking "what do I need to do to make myself more marketable to the world".

There are many areas where our current economy is failing. Unions are not solely responsible for the mess we find ourselves in. But the mentality of union members thinking someone else is responsible for them will ensure that union members will not evolve in an ever changing world. The world is changing people. This idea some of you have that your are entitled to a job for life with a big fat pension waiting for you is just not going to happen.

Are you a DOer or are you a follower? If some of you people are unemployed now in this current economy, what are you doing about it? Or are you just coming to your favorite socialist website telling the world what a victim you are and asking "who will tale care of me now".


The Canadian Justice System:

Just give up expecting justice in Canada. The left-wingers have ruined the entire notion of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ONE'S ACTIONS through their obsession with political correctness.


Natives:

I have one thing to say, the ills of our Aboriginal communities will never be cured until we stop treating them like children getting an allowance. It won't happen overnight and it won't be pretty, but self-governance is the only respectful and fair solution.

How about making them accountable for their actions rather than feeling sorry for them and giving them more financial handouts. Fact is that giving them every opportunity to get out of poverty such as free schooling isn't going to help. If I had someone giving me free money and a house why would I change?

All they have to do is obey the laws and they won't end up in jail. Commit the crime do the time.

It's more like aboriginals failing their own youth and the rest of Canada.

Get rid of this poor-me attitude and grow some 'accountability'.


The CRTC:

There's a real reason why Canadian 'content' isn't more patronized and it isn't a matter of availability or visibility, rather it's typically just unappealing crap. And that's what should be addressed not figuring out yet another way to bureaucratically legislate an expensive way to shove garbage down our throats that we weren't interested in in the first place. ACTRA would be better served with earnest self-examination than finding ways to force themselves on Canadians.

If Canadian musicians need the heavy hand of the CRTC on their side in order to survive, then it obviously wasn't that good or marketable. Arts should be funded by one source: the ultimate consumer.


Canadian Marriage Laws

Most of these so called "dead beats" are guys that would be happy support their children directly but are denied equal/joint custody and instead are forced to pay child extortion to their ex wife.

Fathers aren't equal in the eyes in the courts and the Department of (in)Justice is an eager partner in this extortion racket.

This is a system driven by bitter ex-wives and vindictive feminists.

These days, the definition of “divorce” is “a winning lottery ticket for women.”


Generation Y:

Oh please, Gen Y is hardly the first cohort to be released into the real world in the midst of a recession or period of high unemployment. Those of us in Gen X didn't exactly have an easy time of it in the early 90's or post-dot.com collapse either. We did exactly what the Gen Y crowd needs to do now. We sent in hundreds of CV's, both for currently advertized positions and for "future consideration". We took jobs that weren't exactly what we wanted or directly related to our education simply because they were the best we could get. We went back to school our skill sets didn't match what the economy needed.

The biggest disservice that the Boomers have done to their Gen Y offspring is raise them in a manner which leaves them feeling entitled to everything and anything they want, when they want it and most often handed to them on a platter on their terms without any significant effort required. This generation has grown up with the expectation that their parents would retire off just as they entered the job market creating a more-jobs-than-people scenario, thus guaranteeing them a good job in whatever field matched their personal interests. Similarly they seem to expect that entering the job market, in entry-level positions, shouldn't require them to lower the standard of living they've always enjoyed. Now they're getting hit with the double whammy of their parents not being able to retire + a contraction of the employment market causing the realization that life doesn't always give you want you think you deserve.

This generation is not a failure generation, just an overly-entitled generation that's used to getting what they want, when they want it and without having to expend any real effort to get it. They're also having trouble adjusting to the real world in the first real down time that any of them have every seen. This isn't entirely their fault, their Boomer parents who raised them on a coddled diet of over-indulgence and self-affirmation have to bear a large responsibility for this generation's attitude of self-entitlement. Unfortunately the way they were raised is now making learning the same lessons that every generation before has had to much more painful:

The world doesn't owe you anything, so pull up your socks and work for what you want instead of expecting it to be handed to you by over-protective/over-indulgent mommy/daddy.


The Canadian Educational System

Our educational system from high school to University, is purposely designed to make happy little workers. The end product is obedient, compliant, slaves, people trading their time for the crumbs of someone else’s deal. You’re degree tells prospective employers that you have gone through, the system and you are trust worthy will conform to do what ever it takes to get that pat on the head. The whole educational process is by design is to reinforce in ones head that you are the slave working hard to please your master, that being the teacher. When you get and have your diploma (Anchor) and your conditioning, you are trapped. 

To add insult to injury, you, the student takes on mountains of debt for this behavior shaping exercise.
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It's funny to read some of this, 'cause a lot of it is about topics I was only vaguely aware of when I was in Canada, and so only really understand from an Australian (and to a lesser extent, Japanese) perspective. 

I should point out that a lot of what you've said seems to be rather angrily reactionary, and presents a one-sided view that may not really reflect the complicated and often legitimate opposing viewpoint.  Few things are so cut and dried that we can say, honestly, that it's like this.

Unions: They originally served a purpose, but like so many things, they've chased a goal for so long they've lost sight of the greater picture.  Problem is, you can only do without unions when employers start treating their employees fairly.  I've no doubt someone has made a post exactly like yours railing against businesses for abusing their employees the same way unions abuse employers.  When you advocate for only one side, you can easily lose your objectivity.

Justice: The lack of personal responsibility is a modern problem and is by no means limited to Canada.  Like all cycles, this pendulum will eventually swing the other way.  We are, collectively, rather immature societies.  We've a lot yet to learn, and a long way to go before we really sort our shit out.  That said, the running theme here is what's the other side?  Right now the other side is filled with people who've been trodden on by uncaring corporations and governments and beauracracies.  It's making them face their responsibilities that has shifted (unquestionably too much) of the blame from the little man. 

You're unlikely to get balance from the self-absorbed boomers and their offspring, as you point out later.

The CRTC: Yeah, well...  Canadians make interesting things, but the only people interested in enforcing content levels are people who, let's face it, don't know what fun is.  Sheltered librarians and angry feminists with their bearded suspender-wearing associates, sitting in windowless government buildings, trying to dictate to us what Canadian content is.  That said, again, what's the alternative?  No funding for Canadian talent, so that they never have the chance to compete with their ideas?  ...Actually I can't really even work up a modicum of legitimate oppoisition here.  The CRTC have a shit job and perhaps aren't doing it well.  It has been forever thus.

Marriage laws: They're fucked up the world over.  The Japanese favour the Japanese side, regardless of facts or gender, for example.  Why should the woman have the sole deciding voice in Western societies re: having children?  Why do they have no voice at all in others?  It's shit, and we've got a long way to go yet.

Gen Y: Yeah, but really, isn't every generation born to a successful one going to be more self-centred and lazy?  Every parent tries to protect their child, and sometimes they go too far, as they were never really shown the harsh realities either.  When you're born into excess and success, as pretty much all of us are these days, it's easy to think this is how it is. You might be aware of people who aren't as well off, but they're in Africa or some other shithole, living in mud huts, and geez they're not even people.  For sure, you're never gonna MEET one.  Knowing they exist and knowing how they live is never going to mean you really, truly understand what it is to work all day just to eat.  I bitch when I run out of hot water for a night, not having water at all is just...  I can't even imagine it.    <gets back on track> So yeah, nothing new here.  (I'll post more on this topic shortly).

Your opinion of the education system runs counter to just about everything I know about post-secondary institutions.  Everyone I know in uni is or will be a doctor, or is focusing on the creative arts (dance, photography, videography) or journalism.  They're all really intelligent free-thinking people who are, as they grow older, becoming very well-rounded people with a great understanding of their world.  Maybe they'll never find jobs, but their education is certainly going to make them interesting people.
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Quote by Millartime:
Natives:

I have one thing to say, the ills of our Aboriginal communities will never be cured until we stop treating them like children getting an allowance. It won't happen overnight and it won't be pretty, but self-governance is the only respectful and fair solution.

How about making them accountable for their actions rather than feeling sorry for them and giving them more financial handouts. Fact is that giving them every opportunity to get out of poverty such as free schooling isn't going to help. If I had someone giving me free money and a house why would I change?

All they have to do is obey the laws and they won't end up in jail. Commit the crime do the time.

It's more like aboriginals failing their own youth and the rest of Canada.

Get rid of this poor-me attitude and grow some 'accountability'.

Basically sums up australian aborigines....well aborigines that came from other islands/lands originally...
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Subject: Talking about Gen-Y...
Two recent things I read about Gen-Y which seem relevant to this thread.  One I mentioned earlier, the other which showed up in my feeds this morning:

The Register talks about a study that says Gen-Y wants more for less.  They balance this with the observation that work hours have been increasing and Gen-Y doesn't want to play that game.  That carries less weight with me than the idea that they're all lazy self-centred shits, but I'm a crotchety old man and you'd expect me to say that.

The other article, far longer and more interesting, comes from The Atlantic which discusses the psyches of people entering the job market in times of distress (such as the current recession).

Quote by The Atlantic:
The unemployment rate hit 10 percent in October, and there are good reasons to believe that by 2011, 2012, even 2014, it will have declined only a little.

[...]

All of these figures understate the magnitude of the jobs crisis. The broadest measure of unemployment and underemployment (which includes people who want to work but have stopped actively searching for a job, along with those who want full-time jobs but can find only part-time work) reached 17.4 percent in October, which appears to be the highest figure since the 1930s.

[...]

The worst effects of pervasive joblessness—on family, politics, society—take time to incubate, and they show themselves only slowly. But ultimately, they leave deep marks that endure long after boom times have returned.

[...]

If it persists much longer, this era of high joblessness will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults—and quite possibly those of the children behind them as well.

[...]

But in fact a whole generation of young adults is likely to see its life chances permanently diminished by this recession.  [...] all else equal, for every one-percentage-point increase in the national unemployment rate, the starting income of new graduates fell by as much as 7 percent; the unluckiest graduates of the decade, who emerged into the teeth of the 1981–82 recession, made roughly 25 percent less in their first year than graduates who stepped into boom times.

I hope those gen-y kids have really robust egos, 'cause they're about to take a shit-kickin'.
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