Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 11/3/2009 (2937 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
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.
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.