Recession is like a drought

Apparently many of us hate the thought of having to live within our means, says letter writer.

To the Editor,

When there’s a drought, people understand the long-term implications but still need to be prodded into cutting back on their water consumption. Most people do it willingly and a few cheat. But none of us expect the restrictions to be lifted until the reservoirs are once again filled to a prudent level.

Where does this collective common sense go when there’s an election? Canada is teetering on the edge of a recession and the global economy is facing what could be called an economic drought.

Our politicians, even the arrogant ones who preach fiscal restraint and rant against government handouts, are tossing around expensive election promises as if they are empty water bottles and then claiming only their party has the magic necessary to create the rain to fill them.

Some voters, who hope to get something for nothing, flock to the party promising the biggest bottles. We could blame the politicians for their charlatan-like behaviour; however, they are merely pandering to the wants, wishes and whims of the voters. Apparently many of us hate the thought of having to live within our means.

Lloyd Atkins,

Vernon

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