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Article written by Boris Bozic on the 14 Jul 2011 in Canada,Current Events,US Politics

One thing you should never underestimate is America’s resolve. As a country, America has been on the brink on a number of occasions, and yet it has always managed to find it’s way back. From a historical standpoint, America has faced it’s share of crisis; The War of Independence, The Civil War, WW 1 and 2, The Great Depression, The Korean War, Vietnam War, The Bay of Pigs, The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Assassination of John F Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, the impeachment and resignation of Richard Nixon, the attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan, 9/11 and the aftermath. This illustrates the U.S. isn’t squeamish about getting blood on their hands in the name of national interest, and they’re certainly willing and able to fight. Yet I can’t help but wonder where has America’s resolve gone? I’m referring to the economic plight America faces today. It’s stunning to watch the US muddle through this recession. The US has faced many deep recessions in the past, however, the present day recession has reduced this great nation to look for handouts, debt owed to China, and facing the fact that today America has zero leadership. It’s shameful that the Obama Administration, as well as the Republicans, are playing politics at this crucial moment in their history. The US is so devoid of any leadership one can’t help but be worried for our neighbours to the South.

Why does this matter to us? Canada is a branch plant economy. We export 70% of our goods to the U.S.  America is a consumer based economy, and we need a healthy and vibrant U.S. economy so we can sell our goods to them. The situation in the U.S. makes the Canadian government nervous. This is why the Conservative Government is pressing full steam ahead to negotiate free trade agreements with Europe, and South East Asia. Our reliance on the U.S. puts our economy at risk, and our government is attempting to mitigate this risk by negotiating new free trade agreements. But that will take time, maybe years. So in the short-term we’re stuck, and all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that the leaders in the US will put petty politics aside and finally lead.

In last week’s National Post there was an article about the unemployment situation in the U.S. Statistically things don’t look good (National Post – “U. S. Job Growth in June Falls Far Short of Expectations“). Their unemployment rate is inching towards 10%, and that figure does not include those people that have stopped looking for work, and in some cases fallen through the cracks.

If their economy, and their unemployment rate doesn’t improve before the 2012 Presidential Election, Obama may well end up being a one trick pony. The voters in the US will look to punish someone.

Until next time,


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