And the inevitable crisis is just as inevitably paid out in increased taxes and regulation. Londoners may only a few years and, if fortunate, a few more federal and provincial handouts from realizing this itself. The conventional wisdom of growth, of course, is that it is both an aspiration and an opportunity, and if wisdom is not straight-jacketed by politicians, bureaucrats and activists it will become seen to be an opportunity to allow the private sector to meet the actual demands of people.
In a normally functioning market economy, supply emerges to meet demand as entrepreneurs building the facilities to give people what they want. Governments work in reverse. Demand is taken to be a drain on city resources. If demand grows with the population, the burden on government expands, the costs seem high and in the end nothing is done pending arrival of the inevitable crisis.
The new B.A.
Ontarians have become inured to the utter iniquity of the idea of forcing potentially productive and independent citizens to remain in school until the age of 18 by habitual reference to the historically iniquitous legislated custom of forcing them to remain until 16. No matter, then… they are a sore sight, and the longer they are removed from the public, the better! And if they are even sorer sight for their indenture of even two more years, well, that is two more years we don't have to think about them at least.
Another custom to which we Ontarians have become inured is the vapidity and uselessness of a high school diploma. The government of Dalton McGuinty's Liberals is intent enough on this custom to ensure the complete destruction of the diploma's purpose and meaning, even so far as to remove actual education as its requirement. From the London Free Press:
It is not, of course, the attainment of academic standards that shall be the judge, it is the having of "experience"… which, incidentally, is compelled anyway. What our goverment won't do for a little self-serving statistic, even if it serves no one else!
Some high school dropouts can now earn part of their diploma doing administrative jobs for the Ontario government as the province comes up with new ways to keep kids in school until their 18th birthday.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Posted by MapMaster on Wednesday, January 17, 2007