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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Setting A Bad Example

Someone (from outside North America) asked me today why many Canadians seemed to have a strong dislike for the U.S. And of course there are a lot of answers to that question, but one of them is simply that the U.S. is a bad influence.

3 Comments:

  • That's it. I have GOT to move to Scandinavia. For many reasons, but this was the last straw.

    By Blogger Simon, at 12:04 AM  

  • Finland or France? This is the best incentive I've seen for moving there! I had no idea just how dreadful Canada is in comparison to the rest of the world (the US and Japan nothwithstanding, where in the former the working poor have to live in cars, and in the latter people drop dead from overwork).

    The irony is that Canada suffers a productivity problem, and it's known -- or SHOULD be -- that well-rested employees are the most productive. Dumb dumb employers and politicians.

    By Blogger talk talk talk, at 11:43 AM  

  • The term 'productivity' is more than a little misleading. It simply divides the value of goods and services produced by the wages paid to produce them. So means like reducing wages and getting employees to put in unpaid overtime are much more effective at increasing 'productivity' than increasing vacation time.

    When economists use the term 'productivity,' I simply substitute 'workforce exploitation,' which I feel describes what's actually being measured far better.

    So you see, the US has an alarming lead over Canada in workforce exploitation. We'd better get cracking on that...

    By Anonymous famousringo, at 2:30 PM  

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