Oil and Wine

The small government vs. big government is a ridiculous argument to get bogged down in.  Obviously, we need a government that is big enough to get the job done but small enough that it can’t really interfere in our lives too much.  It has to be flexible enough to react to new situations, but not so flexible that it can just do any old damn thing it wants.  Governments around the world (it’s not just the U.S.) are way out of balance and it’s hard to know just what to  do about it.

Sometimes I  think the world would  be better off if some of the larger, more powerful nations, like the U.S., Russia, and China could be broken up into 6 or 7 separate regional governments.  In the case of the United States, I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt the economy a bit, but it would make it a lot more difficult for the U.S. to make war on people.
On the other hand, I’m a big fan of the European Union and believe it’s good for almost everybody involved.  Also, whenever I read about some country splitting in two, or one part of a nation trying to gain independence from the other, it saddens me.  That may be partly  because I want to see increased  unity instead of division, and partly because it almost always seems to be a surprise and it’s a shock to realize that there are so many people  in the world who hate so many other people.
But, the really annoying part is when two parties who have no particular reason not to get along seem to pick  an arbitrary fight, just for the hell of it.  The Canadian province of Alberta, for instance.  They are blocking the importation of any wines from British Columbia, which is  the province that borders them to the west.
Their complaint is that British Columbians don’t want a dangerous, stinky, obnoxious pipeline to cross their state, and the Albertans are angry because without the  pipeline, it will  be much harder to get their oil to the Pacific Ocean, and  on  from  there to everywhere in the world.

Get over it, Albertans!  Everybody hates oil.  It’s nasty, and smelly, and causes global warming.  Build some windmills, you’ve got plenty of free land.

On the other hand, lots of people  love wine.  So, you’re not going to win  this battle.  So, give it up.

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