LETTER: Private sector provides promise for future

LETTER: Private sector provides promise for future

Re the editorial in the April 20 Saanich News, ‘Too many struggling to make ends meet,’ perhaps this opinion piece will be a spark leading to much greater awareness of macro issues.

We now live in a bipolar world. In the private sector, companies are knocking themselves out every day to deliver products and services that are better, cheaper or longer lasting.

They deliver lightning-fast computers, instant communications, safer transportation, lifesaving drugs and medical devices, and countless products that allow us to live longer, healthier, safer, richer lives. Yet the entrepreneurs, business owners and investors who make this possible are often branded as greedy, selfish, uncaring and exploitative.

The public sector, on the other hand, piles on a costly stream of new laws, regulations, mandates, prohibitions, taxes, subsidies and mega-projects, subjecting a declining number of taxpayers and their descendants to mounting debt loads. Yet politicians continue making promises they can’t possibly keep. And each government failure is met with a vow to fix it … with still more government indebtedness.

To lighten the mood, I also reference observations such as those of Groucho Marx: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”

Ken Lane