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Economic speculation for dummies

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You know the old saying is "if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all?"

I’d like to amend that.
"If you don’t really know, don’t say anything at all."
I’m talking about all this economic speculation. Depending on the minute of the day, you will see a different report or a different economist or a prime minister or a president or someone prattling on about the economy.
None of them can agree.
It’s going to get better. It’s going to get worse. We’re going to survive. We’re in a depression. We’re not in a depression. It’s the time to buy. It’s not the time to buy.
Enough already!
I am not an economist. My expertise in that area is probably akin to that of the average Canadian.
So I rely on the wisdom of these experts to help me understand what is going on. And all I can glean from everything that has been said is that nobody has any freaking clue how long this will last or how bad it is going to get.
I’m tired of hearing the word "unprecedented" used to describe this. It’s like the word everyone uses to get themselves off the hook if what they say turns out to be 100,000 per cent wrong.
I know at some point in the future things are going to get better and we will all look back on this as a rough time that we managed to get through.
But what I wish would happen for the moment is that all these so called experts would put a sock in their mouths and put their obviously not-so crystal balls into storage.
Let’s stop speculating on when it’s going to get better and start focusing on actually making it better.

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About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.

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