US vs. Canada (sorta)
One of the news feeds I receive pointed to an article titled "America’s middle-class defeat: How Canada shamed the wealthiest nation on earth". I read the article and found it worth pointing to from the Canada forum on A42.com. I bring it up here for a couple of reasons:
- We have some active Canadians here who can help interpret what is said in the article (for those who are not going to understand).
- We hear how Nicaragua is doing OK has to do with it following "the US model" rather than "the Venezuela model".
The second point is what needs to be addressed. First, because there are a lot more models, all of which are different. I offer Bolivia and Ecuador as two different models that seem to be working fairly well. They even differ substantially from each other with the exception that they both say that the natural resources belong to the country, not big corporate interests. Important in that it is the most common complaint about Venezuela.
Let me suggest that Nicaragua may be closer to the "Canadian model" than the "US model". Clearly, Canada is ahead of Nicaragua in such things as health care but it really has a lot more to do with where they are in a financial development cycle than in intent. If Canada had been trashed by a superpower up until 25 years ago, it probably would not be where it is today.
Trying to compare country X to country Y is a big job. We are not going to do that in this post but maybe we can at least appreciate how big a job it is rather than just making wild assertions based on seeing one small example where something "looks better". Particularly where "looks better" is measured in income vs. quality of life.