Haves and Have Nots

October 1, 2015

I use newspapers to wrap potato  and cucumber peels; a few hours ago I was about to and caught sight of a Scarborough Mirror article bemoaning the increasing clients at food banks among Scarborough and North York migrants from the city.

June 13, 2016 earlier this year television news reported that Ontario’s or Toronto’s sunshine list of employees earning one hundred thousand a year had increased by several thousand since last year despite Ontario’s efforts to limit wage growth. Lately, maybe because politicians on both sides of the Canada United States border sympathizing with the plight of the middle class, and dismissing  “the working class” as reported in U.S., and Canada, I’ve begun thinking that maybe its the middle class and neither the working class nor the filthy rich like Mr. Trump and the Clintons who are responsible for the rise of haves and have-nots here in North America.

February 17, 2014

Reports of the increasing distance between the haves and have-nots when it was broadcast not too long ago seemed belated as though those who should have seen the obvious signs that something was changing for the worse in our advanced western societies when the PHD’d, scientists, politicians and reporters should have noticed people starting to sleep on side walks. Another sign that this have, have not division had begun at least 25 years ago was the apparent increasing distance between executive (CEO) earnings and the pay of the typical North American worker whose work was being managed by these executives whose worth seemed to grow with their remuneration.

Other signs that social changes were taking place that increased this social distancing between the privileged and the less than worthy have been the plans to amalgamate CEO managed hospitals, and the increasing marketing of health insurance to those who can afford to supplement what people believed had been Canada’s government ensured health plan.

And in Canada another ongoing sign of social distancing permeates economic and political debate in discussions about the diminishing value of the Canadian currency which most politicians and economists seem to believe is good for Canada because the cost of labour to unnamed manufacturers (“manufacturing sector”) will diminish, thus making their products easier to export and sell. But again those whose incomes and expense accounts keep increasing in relation to the majority who must spend much of their Canadian currency pay to survive on increasing service fees and costs of imported foods at global/U.S. denominated prices determined by energy scarcity, keep talking blithely of low-interest rates and the CPI.