Comment 51278

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted November 08, 2010 at 20:43:06

From 2000-01 to 2009-10, program spending (free health, free education, free social services, etc) in Ontario increased by 76.6%. In that same period of time, Ontario's GDP, the amount of stuff we create by going to work, increased by only 25.0%.

Therefore, for the lest ten years, people in Ontario have been consuming more than we have been producing. The result, plant closures, increased poverty, higher personal debt levels, etc. We are allowing other nations to make what we consume, instead of doing it ourselves.

If the people of Hamilton want a more innovative, or just higher paying and more active economy, we have to accept reality. Reality is that jobs are the result of needs. If we don't have needs because we allow the government to give us free stuff, why do we need to work? Without hunger, there is no need to get off our ass and find food.

As for how this idea can make Hamilton a centre of innovation, all we have to do is look back over our history. Before we had the welfare state, people were forced to work if they wanted to survive. The result was a booming economy filled with new industries.

"Necessity is the mother of invention"

Unless we reduce the safety net of the government and create more neccessity, we won't have the level of inventions and innovation we want. Stress = strength.

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