Every few years or so I read the words of doom and gloom from governments and other sources about a recession and hear the same thing on the radio.
I read about huge concessions forced from unions, and cutbacks to work forces in the name of efficiency, required in these trying times.
I hear on the radio about teachers facing growing animosity from a public concerned about these hard times. I read about government reducing budgets to their own environmental review boards in cost-cutting measures and attacking old age security pensions.
I read about governments backing private enterprise projects to the tune of billions of dollars, projects reported to have minimal impact on employment.
Friends tell me how they cannot find plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and other services for weeks or even months. They are so busy.
I hear on the radio about the 50,000 skilled workers we will need in B.C. alone in the next five or 10 years and certainly 100,000 over the next 20 years.
I hear on the radio about 3,000 new jobs created in Greater Vancouver as a result of investments due to the Olympics.
I read about Mitt Romney earning $21 million last year from investments and paying a relatively small percentage to income tax.
Then I begin to wonder if we haven’t had the wool pulled over our eyes once again.