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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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Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:06 am (UTC)
Sounds like someone's been listening to propaganda about state run health care. I can walk in to a clinic and see a doctor for nothing at any time should it be needed (keeping in mind a "clinic" in Canada is like a 7-11 of health care, not necessarily an overworked doctor in a shabby office in a slum like you might think of them in the US) or I can call up my family doctor and make an appointment for later in the day or week depending on how desperate I am to see them. Often they will have a couple floating spots for emergency dropins, and if they're taken, they'll advise you to pop into a walk-in clinic.

Universal health care isn't the communist style care system - the Canadian model covers the very basics. Without added coverage, you need to pay for your meds (though that's cheaper than in the US for the same drugs thanks to better drug laws) and you need to pay for things like dental work (though rates there are pretty low too comparatively). It's nice to not have to do a credit check in order to have your finger stitched up, etc.

Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, someone's spewing shit about our healthcare system. I've had to explain this a few times now.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
Same people saying that Kerry was going to BAN THE BIBLE I'd bet.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:03 am (UTC)
That, and he was going to take everyone's guns away and not allow them to fish. That was one of the more interesting pieces of garbage I saw spouted recently.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:25 am (UTC)
Just to clear my name, I heard it from Canadians that moved here, I just can't remember who. I don't really believe what politicians say about anything. ;)
Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
Oy, no, I didn't mean it was you who was spewing shit =P Sorry.
Nov. 7th, 2004 10:14 pm (UTC)
Ours, too (Denmark). Irritating, isn't it.
Nov. 8th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
Yeah! I mean, I know we're not Qatar (free 100% medical, dental, psych and meds for all residents), but still. =P


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