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Some random observations about the US Election from a Canadian:

  1. I've been seeing pro-Kerry and pro-Bush posts side-by-side in my Friends view... which is amusing in and of itself. I also can't click two links on the internet without running face first into elections talk.

    What I find most fascinating though is that the reasonable to above-average intelligent people are most likely Kerry supporters. The very stupidest people are Bush supporters (sit down and have a cup of not-surprise).

    But I've noticed that the very smartest people I know are also Bush supporters. There are exceptions to this, of course, but I thought this was an interesting trend.

  2. I'm not understanding something. I've seen people writing about immigrating to Canada if [whoever] wins.

    1. That means that the party you're supporting gets even less support in the next election and the ones you _didn't_ want in the White House have a higher likelihood of actually being there if you leave. Yes? No?

    2. Canadian politics, economy, etc., etc. are so closely tied to the Americans that whoever comes into power does affect us. And yet, we, Canadians, don't get a vote in the US elections. I'm not frustrated or upset that I couldn't vote today. I'm just noting that, as a matter of fact, I don't get a say in something that could affect me.

      Given the chance, why would you volunteer to walk away and sit idly by to watch whoever it is fuck it all up for everyone (including Canada)? Because, y'know, if WMD are let loose around here, we share the same air and general threespace.

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katie_ah
Nov. 2nd, 2004 11:46 pm (UTC)
I've never understood the whole 'emigrating to Canada' thing. Especially when people talk about health care- I rather like not having to wait 6 months for a check-up ;). Not that I hate on Canadia, or anything, I just don't think it's the paradise super-liberal Americans make it out to be. The grass is always greener...

I have hope that it'll get better. It still doesn't change the fact I'm going to live abroad for most of my life, but that's for cultural reasons, not political ones. If I ever end up marrying a foreigner, I don't think I could give up my citizenship, it would be a very long, hard decision for me to have to make.
bride
Nov. 2nd, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
6 months? Who told you that? I don't wait 6 months for a regular check up... not even PAPs, the Asthma specialist, my Neurologist or anyone else.

My experience is if there's something truly wrong with you and you need something done ASAP, you'll get scheduled in for surgery or whatever procedure the following day.
katie_ah
Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:02 am (UTC)
Well, that's good. The six months might have very well been an exageration, but I have been led to believe that it is a pretty lengthy wait. Alas.
johnbot
Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:02 am (UTC)
Figures like "six months" refer more to specialized types of treatment and surgery that, in all honesty, there have been problems with. But there are not waiting lists to actually see a doctor. I've never even had to make an appointment.

But anyway, to be honest, I've been to the US, and despite the "grass is greener" mentality, I couldn't see myself actually living there for any great amount of time. That is not necessarily a slam, but the cultures are different in many ways. Despite the reputation of "America Jr", it might not work out all that easily for those who wanted to.

And of course, immigration isn't the easiest thing in the world. You can't just prance over the border and become a citizen, it requires money, and/or skills, and time. Most people who have threatened to move here have no idea what it actually involves, and likely aren't all that serious to begin with.
bride
Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)
Figures like "six months" refer more to specialized types of treatment and surgery that, in all honesty, there have been problems with.

Agreed. From what I've seen, the long waits are usually for elective surgeries and the things that are not life threatening, but could improve the condition (sometimes significantly). The one exception I can think of where patients can die waiting, is organ transplants, but that depends more on when an appropriate donor becomes available and less on the healthcare infrastructure, I think.

If it's potentially a life threatening thing, like a tumour, whether benign or malignant, it's coming out FIRST THING TOMORROW MORNING.

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