I was amazed to see the fellow writing about how low taxes are in Canada. (Friday letter, “Canada shows how to recover.“)
All I can say is he probably was never there. No matter who is in government up there, you will pay. All those social programs, for one, are not free!
The government up there regulates way more; just try to buy ammo for your deer rifle, or God forbid, buy a handgun. You will jump though more hoops than you could believe. A friend of mine is a skeet shooter here in Washington and goes through I don’t know how many cases of shotgun shells per year. He was trying to go across the border and apparently missed one shell which rolled out from under the seat, the official saw that and he had to wait for hours while they searched every inch of his truck.
Personally, I consider my right to be left alone the most important right I have. Both of our political parties seem to want to take away that right and I don’t have to like it. I will say that Canada is well run and does pay its bills, unlike the USA. Germany and Canada are both mostly debt free and both are way more unionized and both collect higher taxes. I am old enough to collect Social Security and my taxes have never been lower. The taxes were a bit higher when Clinton was president and most Americans never had it so good. Our investments did so well back then that I retired way early. Go figure!