Column: A Stake Through the Heartland – Inflation and Supply Chain Issues Are Greatly Stressing the Country’s Producing Class

From BOE Reports

May 3, 2022 Terry Etam

The other week, I visited my mom in Saskatchewan, in a little town up in what is called the province’s northeast but really isn’t. It is the parkland border between farms and forests, no farther north than Edmonton. The region is sparsely populated; if you drew a circle around Momstown with, say, a 40 mile radius, that circle would include maybe ten thousand people. 

Out of that circle comes, every year, thousands of head of cattle, enough for, give or take, a million steaks and five times that many hamburgers. Enough grain comes out of that circle to feed a decent sized city. Enough lumber comes out to build hundreds of houses. I’m being lazy with these numbers because I did enough basic research to know that they are, statistically speaking, easy understatements.

At coffee row on a Wednesday morning, 40 heads popped up and swivelled to see who came in; gazes lingered because it was a new guy. The place was a small sea of plaid and hoodies and plaid hoodies and curved-peak hats, a place that would vacate into the street in ten seconds flat if someone outside needed help.

I sit down to order breakfast. The menu is short of granola and yogurt. I go with the flow; I’m not about to make any waves in bacon and egg country. (The next morning’s server, a burly guy with bald head and not-cute tattoos, told me what he said to a customer recently that had hollered at him impatiently from across the restaurant and I won’t be doing that.)

I noticed that I was the only one eating; everyone else was there only apparently for the bottomless coffee cups that prize quantity over quality. The menu board helped explain why; the breakfast special that was $8 on the printed menu from maybe a year ago is now $12 on the sandwich board sitting squatly and unavoidably by the entrance. Around the corner at a grocery store, a 4 litre jug of milk is $8.50. Inflation may be 8 per cent in the government’s eyes, a number that is helpful only in the sense that it actually quantifies the obscenely large gap between the bureaucrat’s theoretical and the working person’s reality.

My brother lives in the same small town; he was stranded at home waiting for a new alternator for his truck. Parts that used to be in stock are now “on order” and the simplest thing can grind one’s mobility or an industrial process to a halt immediately. There is no public transportation, there are no taxis, and supply chains become more fragile the further one gets from large centres.

True, it is a small community, but anyone that cares to venture more than a few hours from a major urban centre will know these places are the backbone of the country, and the output of goods per person is a staggeringly high number. Sit down with a farmer one day and learn how many loaves of bread come from 3,000 planted acres at 50 bushels per acre and you will be stunned (fine, I’ll save you the math and even go health conscious: that farm would produce about 13,500,000 loaves worth of whole-wheat bread per year).

The place is hurting. Restaurants charge outrageous new prices because they have to, so few eat out. People are hunkered down and spending on essentials (coffee row appears to be the extent of the social scene spending), so stores suffer. People travel less and do less, to a point. Fuel is a precious lifeblood for which there is no substitute.

Many have no love for oil companies, living the common fallacy of high oil prices being a plot by said companies to gouge consumers. This fallacy is a gift from a petroleum industry that seems totally and permanently inept at explaining itself. Winning a court case every few years where no one could prove you weren’t gouging consumers is not the backbone of a wise strategy, yet it goes on forever and no one learns. So here we are. These producers-of-things would ditch gasoline in a heartbeat if they could. But they can’t, and they know it, and, because they live in a region where self-reliance can be life saving, they are acutely aware of the value of their fuel system despite any grumbling. 

The imaginary circle from the first paragraph of r=40 would be about 5,000 square miles in area, or 13,000 square km, and in either instance is about 2 per cent of Saskatchewan. There are many such circles across Canada. Some produce no grain but a lot of minerals. Some produce no minerals but a lot of fish. Some produce a lot of vegetables. Some have small but vital manufacturers that keep big operators going.

These circles are in the background; the rural people, the truck drivers (I said it), the equipment operators, the welders. Most Canadians live in urban centres and only think of these places in the context of distant relatives or if someone in one of them snaps in a big way and the story makes the Big News.

These places do what they do as conditions allow. Condition ls are getting much more challenging. It is hard to get many basic things such as small and boring parts that equipment won’t run without. Costs are going through the roof but income is not keeping up. The squeeze on people and businesses is palpable.

More fundamentally, the lifeblood of all this, affordable energy, is disappearing. These are diesel- and gasoline-reliant places. They are more acutely aware of fuel costs, as are working class people across the country, particularly those on the lower end of the income spectrum. “Just go electric” is a very unwelcome suggestion, along the lines of “Let them eat cake.”

They would turn their backs on hydrocarbons in a second if there was an alternative that was as reliable and worked as well in ALL conditions and was there dependably. But they also work with batteries more than anyone, and know those limitations acutely and painfully. There is no blinding these people with BS. Things are accepted once proven.

The visit to the region is bittersweet. As a hydrocarbon worker, high commodity prices have brought a feeling of immense relief and corporate survival after several brutal years. But being here on the ground in the country’s heartland, seeing the impacts of those high oil and gas prices, is gut wrenching. Women with little kids putting $10 worth in at the pump. Businesses idle or shut. The grocery store selling an awful lot of pasta and spaghetti sauce.

Not everyone is in dire straits of course. Some are booming, like fertilizer companies that sell whatever they can produce for a fortune. Grain and beef will be worth a lot more and big strong financially stable farms will survive, as will entrenched businesses with sufficient reserves. But there is a whole thick layer of our country’s humanity that will struggle mightily. Inflation pounds hardest on those least able to deal with it.

And we live in Canada. These same food and fuel pressures are walloping billions in developing countries. As with LNG, the west wins bidding wars, and will with foodstuffs also. All those circles of non-degreed productivity around the world are on the ropes.

We ought to be flooding the market with fuel, and we should be receiving encouragement from governments to do so. Affordable reliable energy brought us here and is a necessity to keep us here. Here’s a paradoxical statement from someone who benefits: it would be fantastic to see fuel prices come down. Canada’s less populated circles won’t produce the vast quantities of things that they do, if prices don’t come down. 

But in urban centres far away, the laptop class is infinitely more interested in EVs and crypto and COP26 and cartoon villains. This divide between people that buy Carhartt because it lasts forever and those who buy it for the cool factor is dangerous and revolting and a harbinger of very bad things to come. The divide is nothing new, of course; rural and urban people have long had different concerns. 

But global mismanagement of the fuel system – following very bad advice that the old can be now starved of capital and dismantled because erroneous fanatics have led to believe that a new system is ready – is chilling proof that the balance of power has gotten out of hand.

Hordes of academic social scientists flood our government with hugely biased and ignorant energy policy advice, which lands in sympathetic ears because our governments are full of similar social scientists. But can any of them change a tire? And what do they produce? Let them eat policy?

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Read more insightful analysis from Terry Etam here, or email Terry here. PS: Dear email correspondents, the email flow is welcome, but am having trouble keeping up. Apologies if comments/questions go unanswered; they are not ignored.

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Steve Richards
May 4, 2022 6:31 am

A nice read.

Reply to  Steve Richards
May 4, 2022 9:47 am

A highly disturbing read.

May 4, 2022 6:38 am

In the UK – at least – the talk is of war and the need to go ever-greener to slap Vlad’s face and avert a ‘climate crisis’. The fact that the war is going to impact on an agrarian basis is largely overlooked. It’s purely a matter of addiction to Russian oil and gas, ergo funding the Red army.

During WW II we had a lot of propaganda aimed at raising food production – Eric Worral’s praised allotment system grew out of that. Everybody knows the “Keep Calm and…” series, but what about the “Dig for Victory ” campaigns, and the land army?

“…take a look back at a time when an allotment was a real lifesaver: during World War II. Did you know that Britain imported 70% of its food in the 1930s?”

Now land must be either rewilded, or occupied by wind or solar installations. And that takes a lot of land in a relatively small and densely populated island.

If we adopted a WW II attitude now, the windmills and solar panels would be history. 

The difference is now people are the problem and they have to go – one way or another.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  fretslider
May 4, 2022 8:28 am

‘In the UK – at least – the talk is of war and the need to go ever-greener to slap Vlad’s face and avert a ‘climate crisis’.’

We’re up against a major alignment of really bad domestic and foreign policies. The ‘people’ (our leaders?) either need to back away from these policies or it’s going to be a long way down for all of us.

Jeff Corbin
Reply to  fretslider
May 4, 2022 9:05 am

A tangent. The economies of family based local farming has some potency as demonstrated both in Britain “dig for victory” in WWII and in the urban farming movement in the US of the past 20 years. Not just propaganda value but real economic value on a entirely local-micro scale.( I am not a mean greenie…just an old crunchy con who grabs for real value when it’s easy to grab). Family based subsistence farming, (at any scale) enriches culturally and helps financially. From pasturing animals on marginal lands, orcharding, berry and vegetable gardening, subsistence poultry and diary farming, adds considerable value to families and local economies. Children and the elderly have work to do and skills to learn that they can pass down. All the structures of the global colluded commodities markets and salary taxation system is side stepped. High quality food is shared and sold in local markets which could be a road side stand or farmer’s markets or bartered out with friends and family. For the dollar needed to buy one medium size Leek, I have to earn a dollar and a half due to the taxation system. With two square feet and 50 cents (the first year only since I can save the seed), I can grow 32 one dollar Leeks, then sell 18 for $18 and give 6 away, eat 8 of them or cut them up and freeze or dry them for future use. Indeed, I could multiply my Leek effort to hundreds and thousands of square feet. I grow garlic from seed stock that was given me in 1991. I have plenty of garlic every year apart from 2 hours of work a year during my lunch break. The the dollars I make selling it keeps me in pipe tobacco and cigars, ( wish I could grow and make on my own in PA…wife won’t let me) The pandemic triggered a big bump in the popularity of orcharding and gardening. So much so, that it’s a mad rush after Christmas to get the seed order in before everything is sold out.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Jeff Corbin
May 4, 2022 12:25 pm

Some how you managed to escape the crippling caused by our education system! Hats off
to you & all the great people in both Canada & the US:

Jeff Foxworthy- There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Odds are, the cat
isn’t going to like any of them! 😮

Jeff Corbin
Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 5, 2022 8:01 am

My escape to sanity was facilitated by books by Wendel Berry.

Reply to  Jeff Corbin
May 4, 2022 8:27 pm

Most people have no square feet of land to do any of that.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  AndyHce
May 5, 2022 3:44 am

Try a 5 gallon pail, a 5qt. ice cream pail (for small veggies), or even line a heavy
cardboard box with a garbage bag. See what works.

Jeff Corbin
Reply to  AndyHce
May 5, 2022 8:08 am

Oh but they do! They just have to want to grow stuff. I lived in Philadelphia in a row house in 2000, we sought land in the city to grow a family garden and we found it. There are many open plots of land doing nothing in cities and suburbs. Our effort grew to over an acre and 10-12,000 pounds of organic produce sold in local farmer’s markets. We did the work with two infants in tow and my full time job. We made enough dough to buy land and a house in Berks County PA. There is land everywhere… just have ask. If you live on a cul-de-sac in mcmansionville in a giant house in a postage stamp of land, sell the house and move onto some decent land. Working in the virtual world means that few are stuck in mcmansionvilles.

May 4, 2022 7:11 am

If it comes down to it, how will the urban dwellers survive if society collapses? Can they look after themselves?

(rhetorical question – I am stocking up on preserves and ammunition now – lots of game where I live)

Reply to  BrentC
May 4, 2022 8:08 am

Urban dwellers import food, water, and energy. They export garbage, air pollution, and sewage. They’re horrible neighbors.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  ihfan
May 5, 2022 6:35 am

Yes, here in the very progressive city of Toronto (in Lockdownistan, Trudeautopia – formerly Ontario, Canada) we export our garbage.

Yes, we could incinerate it as some very, very progressive cities in Europe do, but that would be bad here, as we as just so much better.

We had a chance to bury it up north in a big abandoned mine, but no, that wouldn’t be progressive at all.

We did ship it across the border to Michigan, but we became so super progressive and realized how bad that made us look.

So…we bought a bit chunk of far land a few hours away and dump it there. Very, very progressive you see.

Jeff Corbin
Reply to  Caligula Jones
May 5, 2022 8:45 am

The issue isn’t rural or urban it’s globalistic hyper-consumerism that says modern people should not have to work with their hands in the dirt. The post industrial myth is that you can depend on the supply chain to provide everything you need so doing actual work with hands and getting dirty is some how sub-human….not a bucket list worthy endeavor. This is a marketing lie that the media has been pronouncing since the early 1980’s that has become the air we breath.. Dependency means disenfranchisement and vulnerability….a people who are controlled. The American people have been bought by this myth. The geopolitique currently is a globalized approach to sequester as many people as possible in geographical regions with commodities market (food and fuel) control, in order to develop those ‘”emerging markets” into industrial, consumerized Tax/supply chain colonies. This is the reason behind Putin’s effort to control the black sea commodities market. It is the gateway to central Asia, which Russia and China want to economically colonize into obedient consumer/worker to grow demand for their hydrocarbon fuel, Uranium and consumer products and provide cheap labor for the same. American needs to side step the cancer of this sort of economic development and take hold of the value they have….our land. American could be the #1 meat exporter in the world if families pastured animals on the massive marginal lands available. Local economies can flourish with industries geared to meet local markets …and so on. Elon… with a truly great battery… local economies could produce and distribute their own electricity on nano-scale at twice the efficiency of the grid using standard fuels….augmented by renewables… not to save the planet but to flourish economically by side stepping a colluded global energy market place and greedy politicians who do not have their best interests in mind.

Reply to  Jeff Corbin
May 5, 2022 11:20 am

No such battery exists, and if it did no local community could afford it.

In the matter of marginal land for grazing, there is an ongoing disagreement between urban recreationalists who genuinely believe they are entitled to “free of charge” pristine everything when they go to the country, and agrarians who have, in the past, paid to graze cattle on federal lands.The situation should be of great concern, because its typical of the urban mentality of entitlement and willingness to destroy the livelihoods of others.

Jeff Corbin
Reply to  ihfan
May 5, 2022 8:25 am

Let’s be honest, rural folks import food and energy….. until the past 5 years most farmer’s didn’t grow food for themselves and grew rich growing commodities for China.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  BrentC
May 4, 2022 8:38 am

Prepping can buy you some time, but if the wheels really fall off I don’t see how anyone comes through unscathed. One of the reasons ammo has been so scarce / expensive is because DHS has been stockpiling billions of rounds – I don’t think they’ll be passing it out to the good guys when that time comes.

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
May 4, 2022 11:30 am

Won’t come through “unscathed” but many won’t come through at all.

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
May 5, 2022 11:22 am

I find it totally reassuring that the IRS has its own SWAT team. /sarc

Reply to  BrentC
May 4, 2022 11:00 am

Urban dwellers will end up taking from their neighbors.
The biggest urban areas have effectively disarmed the populace except for the criminals that already take from their neighbors.
This is a feature, not a bug.

Jeff Corbin
Reply to  BrentC
May 5, 2022 8:22 am

“Can they look after themselves?” I am not a prepper or survivalist… I am not worried. But your question is valid for us all….’do we know how to do anything that matters in terms of families house hold economies outside of the structure of salary/taxation system and the colluded commodities supply chain food system’.? Even the local industrial farmer who knows how to do industrial farming to grow soy beans for china but they don’t know how to grow food for themselves. I have worked with several big farmers to help them with learning orcharding, cider making, hard cider making, gardening, berry culture and learning out of process food from the garden…. lacto-fermentation pickling, drying, canning, home milling, malting, brewing…organizing menu’s, diets and shopping lists around expected home grown yield. America lost practical know how with the massive migration of family farmers to metropolitan areas after WWII with the collapse of the American Family Farm. 40% lived on farms in 1940 and grew most of their own food. Less than 2% live on farms and almost no one grows any food for themselves. This is my operating principle… when the global economy is leveraged by a few and not operating in the best interests of it’s consumer’s, then that market/economy must be partitioned so how so that I am not a victim of it. I can’t actually do the partitioning but I can do what I can to side step that market.

May 4, 2022 7:20 am

“But in urban centres far away, the laptop class”…have all the answers to those soaring power bills-

Mr Cannon-Brookes, who has taken an 11 per cent stake in energy company AGL, said there were two main reasons for the energy price spike.
‘The first is because of the prices of coal and gas and we have so much fossil fuel-generated energy in our grid. That will drive your bill up,’ he said.
‘Secondly is because of the unreliability of the coal-power plants we have. We see that at the moment.
‘The faster we can move Australia to decarbonise to renewables, the quicker we can bring your bill down which will help towards your day-to-day costs of living.’ 
Mike Cannon-Brookes warns your power bills are about to SOAR (

Ahh yes that Mike Cannon-Brookes-
Sun Cable’s giant solar farm in the NT, backed by Mike Cannon-Brookes and Andrew Forrest, is now a $30 billion project – Startup Daily

Kevin kilty
Reply to  observa
May 4, 2022 8:02 am

A person has to wonder if people like Cannon-Brookes promote these views because they can make money in the short term, or if they sincerely believe in things so stupid. People often say “follow the money”, but I think money is an inadequate motivator for the worst of human behavior. I know that most people will not murder others over money alone. However, history shows that a frighteningly large plurality of any population will murder others with clear consciences over absurd ideas.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Kevin kilty
May 4, 2022 8:14 am

I’m sure you’re familiar with CS Lewis. For those who aren’t, here’s his quote re. the tyranny of good intentions:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated: but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
May 5, 2022 11:26 am

Obviously the masks are never going away completely. Some portion of the ruling class are thoroughly enchanted with them.

Reply to  Kevin kilty
May 5, 2022 11:28 am

Some people are just idiots.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  observa
May 4, 2022 9:02 am

Why does nobody ever ask these dipsticks difficult questions like
Name 6 things produced without any input from Fossil Energy.
Have you tried matching your energy consumption to renewable output
You do realise that we get more than petrol and diesel from oil don’t you

Reply to  observa
May 4, 2022 9:58 am

Mike has obviously got some smarts.

In software development.

How this makes him expert in power source capability quantification, design & engineering however I’m not sure about.

Maybe I’m a bit slow . . .

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Mr.
May 5, 2022 6:41 am

Well, I can never quite understand how any software developer (looking at YOU Bill Gates) is considered a genius in any other area (and even the software developer and genius don’t always go together).

I chalk it up to a few decades of grade inflation, general illiteracy, and of course, innumeracy.

Seriously, the general public thinks you have to Hawking-level math whiz to code…

Reply to  observa
May 4, 2022 7:57 pm

What will be interesting to see if the other 89% of shareholders give a rats what an 11% dropkick thinks. I think if I was in their position I would say make a full takeover bid or take a walk you are welcome to lose your own money but not ours.

John the Econ
May 4, 2022 7:21 am

One of the many failures of the educational establishment is not teaching children where their historically unprecedented standard of living really comes from; the highly efficient production of food and energy which makes the affordable production of everything else possible. If the former collapses, so does everything else.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  John the Econ
May 4, 2022 8:52 am

The real failure of the education establishment is teaching children, at least those of college age, that their ‘historically unprecedented standard of living’ is the result of government spending and monetary debasement.

John the Econ
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
May 4, 2022 12:58 pm

Basically they replaced the former with the latter. The details of how it actually happens are always left up to someone else. People who believe this will lead unnecessarily difficult lives.

another ian
Reply to  John the Econ
May 4, 2022 2:51 pm

And still come these “great moments in education”

“The Toronto District School Board is planning to do away with entrance exams, grade evaluations and auditions, as a means of deciding who gets admitted to dozens of highly sought after specialty schools and programs…”

Caligula Jones
Reply to  another ian
May 5, 2022 6:50 am

Step 1: create the Gold Star generation and pass everyone

Step 2: remove literacy (“words can mean anything you want them to”)

Step 3: remove math (“its hard because its racist and sexist”)

Step 4: send everyone to university (with billions of dollars in loans)

Step 5: graduate them with no math, science or critical thinking skills

Step 6: point out gross errors in media reported “science”

Step 7: “Where’s YOUR degree, huh?!? From Faux News?!?”

Step 8: build a bunker…

Reply to  Caligula Jones
May 5, 2022 11:37 am

Third World ambitions feel inappropriate, don’t they?

Reply to  Caligula Jones
May 5, 2022 3:44 pm

4.a. Forgive all the loans.

Mike Dubrasich
Reply to  John the Econ
May 4, 2022 8:21 pm

What children are taught is that somehow a warmer world would be a bad thing. All the suffering and decline noted by Mr. Etam comes from the same root absurdity — the fear of warmth.

It’s amazing that people (and/or their leaders) would sacrifice their wealth, incomes, livelihoods, and even their lives for an erroneous scare story.

Reply to  Mike Dubrasich
May 5, 2022 11:38 am

Some people are just idiots.

John Garrett
May 4, 2022 7:37 am

Bravo !!


John Garrett
May 4, 2022 8:14 am

Brandon should learn to program.

May 4, 2022 8:14 am

The Canadian Government loves to pass laws that only take affect decades in the future. It is so much harder to fix problems today. Much easier to simply blame past governments for today’s problems.

Yet, not a single Canadian Government has ever been elected to fix problems decades in the future. Every voter expects the government to solve today’s problems. Dream on O Canada. The land of squandered riches.

Reply to  ferdberple
May 4, 2022 8:37 am

This is all a feature not a bug. . klaus Scwab and Mauro
Ice strong would be proud of their acolyte Justin Castro

Kevin kilty
May 4, 2022 8:16 am

Terry Etam’s essays are excellent, but often discouraging. I suppose any clear-eyed assessment of the human condition tends toward pessimism, doesn’t it? The question to be answered is, “Will the end result of present trends be that costs and rewards will establish a new, workable equilibrium, or will an entire way of life and population vanish?” If the former, then a healthy circulation of money in the economy will continue. If the latter, then this former production will have to be imported and perhaps paid for with printed (i.e. borrowed) money.

Canada’s acute problem is that their current ruling class appears even more stupid than our own — something I thought to be impossible. Our chronic problems are the same however — continuing to vote for idiots.

Reply to  Kevin kilty
May 4, 2022 10:02 am

Particularly when some idiots think they’re geniuses.
(Trudeau the lesser for example)

Reply to  Kevin kilty
May 4, 2022 11:39 am

Perhaps it’s a mistake to think Canada’s policies are based on incompetence or stupidity. Since schwab has publicly boasted that not only does he “own” half the Canadian government, but his aim for the world is to “own nothing”, i.e. to be totally impoverished to bring in his 4th industrial revolution, then these policies should be understood to be deliberately aimed at the result they are in fact producing.

Vlad the Impaler
Reply to  Kevin kilty
May 4, 2022 1:00 pm

Well, if we take a quick look over at Jo’s, where she has posted on the movie, “2000 Mules”, we’re not voting for our leaders at all. Someone else is actually voting (in our place), and NOT with our approval or consent. As with the C. S. Lewis quote above, and the other, possibly from Lenin, I think, about, ‘it does not matter who votes, it matters who counts the votes’, or something to that effect, the people we refer to as our ‘leaders’ are not, in fact, chosen by us.

Might be time to consider some other, more ‘noticeable’ action, I think.

Regards to all,


Kevin kilty
Reply to  Vlad the Impaler
May 4, 2022 9:12 pm

I’ve seen Stalin given credit for that quotation. I see you got a large block of up votes over at Jo’s place yourself.

Reply to  Vlad the Impaler
May 5, 2022 11:49 am

I’m optimistic about the actions being taken by some state governments. It seems no one will openly admit the election was stolen, because that is viewed as “politically incorrect,” but a lot of people know there was rampant vote theft, illegal ballot harvesting, ballot destruction, and vote fabrication. I also think the January 6th committee has created an atmosphere of paranoia around the entire topic, which is a dreadful thing to conclude, but the treatment of the people who have been jailed, charged and not yet tried is terrifying and unjust. The absence of any legitimate investigation of the death of the (unarmed) young lady who was shot at the Capitol is also despicable.Apparently Capitol security can execute whoever they wish.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Kevin kilty
May 4, 2022 1:19 pm

Both Terry & I learned the “pessimistic whine” when we were young. It usually comes from people
who work hard producing raw commodities which have negative elasticity which means the more
produced in aggregate, the less it’s worth. So the good years- which occur ~ 1 in 5 to 1 in 20- are
when less is produced in aggregate with you not being an under-performer. Most of the money made
comes from the increase in value of the land & other capital assets one owns.

Right now, commodity prices are good as they & expenses have risen. Eventually prices drop but
expenses a lot less which leaves them in the usual lean years. Add to that supply problems & they
won’t even be able to “make hay when the sun shines Nelly”. Throw in more red tape as well as
additional taxes, etc., specifically designed to drive you out of business only adds to the whines
caused by increased misery.

Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 5, 2022 11:51 am

“Just give me one more boom, Lord. And so on, and so forth.”

another ian
Reply to  Kevin kilty
May 4, 2022 2:48 pm

One definition has it that “a pessimist is an optimist with inside information”

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Kevin kilty
May 4, 2022 10:03 pm

Nobody beats Trudeau for stupidity
Except those that vote for him

May 4, 2022 8:36 am

Same here in PA, brother. Cities can’t raise food and those people are just beginning to learn the folly of the stupidity they have embraced.

Peta of Newark
May 4, 2022 8:38 am

Translate Saskatchewan > Cumbria and there’s me.
We didn’t go a bundle on growing wheat. A bit of spring barley maybe, to put some fat onto the cattle before sale/slaughter.
You lose the will tho, the fat was cut off and burned in the abbatoir, what remained was trimmed trimmed trimmed by butchers, processors and chefs and if what remained melted in the cooking process, was used to create Fatbergs in the local drains.
A Perfect Example of not only Planet Stupid in action, but what is at the root cause

One thing we had though was deep respect for stuff like petrol diesel and fertilser.
Peeps in that part of the world were, still very much are, very frugal and sparing in its use.
They knew its value
A lovely story concerned a school-friend, from a very modest little farm, who became a truck driver, so as to keep the farm afloat and his elderly mother in the home she’s always lived.
He drove a ’25 ton artic tipper’ and once recounted a tale of him delivering a full load (not 25 tonnes but the trailer was full) of sawdust – from Cumbria to a processing place in Devon
350 miles (loaded) there and 350 (unloaded) to get back home.
Meanwhile it transpired, an identical truck to his was doing the opposite trip (Devon> Cumbria) loaded with wood shavings and returning empty.

Both sawdust and shavings being intended for pet bedding
Easily those 2 trucks 700 litres of diesel between them on that trip

I used to use 1,000 Litres, in toto, making sufficient winter forage for over 100 beef-bred cows and all their calves.

That was me producing 100 beef (Angus X) calves annually at 500kg live-weight each

Which would you rather have, a happy hamster or 25 tonnes of beef-steak
Would be over 35 tonnes of really nutritious food as well, if all the really good bits weren’t thrown away.

Sometimes, it is VERY HARD to have sympathy for the clowns involved in this.

Mike Maguire
Reply to  Peta of Newark
May 4, 2022 8:50 am

Biden’s solution is to use up more food/corn………..with E-15 gas this Summer!

A horrendously bad decision that hurts everybody………except those that profit from ethanol sales.
Congrats to our farmers though………and it’s NOT their fault. They just try to maximize production and want the highest prices possible to offset massively increasing input costs. I’m at least happy for our corn growers.

To every body else………this is very COUNTER productive. Consumers will actually need MORE gas and spend MORE money on fuel and repairs because it lowers gas mileage.
 E15 gas indisputably causes damage to small combustion engines and coming at a time with near historically low amounts of corn in storage and prices the 2nd highest in history, when we need to obtain MORE corn or ration demand…… not DEPLETE corn stocks even further doing this! 
It’s the exact, 100% worst decision for corn end users and food prices. 
Also bad for the environment.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Mike Maguire
May 4, 2022 11:26 am

Here’s one Babylon Bee I’m 100% certain I’ll never see:

Their whole mindset is to destroy everything they can as soon as they can like cause food,
energy & supply problems. A crisis even caused by them is a terrible thing to waste! I know
this is the case because it’s quite hard to maintain the 100% failure rate they have without
planning to be that bad! 😮

Here’s Brandon continuing that record concerning CRP set aside acres:

May 4, 2022 9:04 am

This reminds me of a sad joke that I tell: The people who know the most about farming are the people whose hands have never been in the dirt their entire life.

The urbanites, the laptop class, spend all their life insulated from the real world. They never realize how much work it took to get that food from the farm to their ‘organic’ grocery store. They think they know it all because all their life they have been told they are special and no one is like them — they even got a trophy because they are so special. Naturally, they believe that what some academic says is gospel truth. So they vote for people just as ignorant as they are. And the urbanites easily outnumber the people who live in the real world. When you mix in corruption, which almost all politicians are, this is the result. It is no wonder the urbanites want to get rid of the US electoral college, that will guarantee the people who live in the real world never win another election.

If that wasn’t bad enough, no amount of evidence will convince these urbanites that the academics are wrong, not the people who actually farm, or provide fuel, or make parts, etc. Joe Biden’s policies directly contributed to high gas prices, so his answer was to investigate the oil companies for price gouging. After blaming Putin didn’t work. The media, most of which literally worship the democrats, will easily promote the lie. And so will the people protesting against the oil companies. Meanwhile, us normal people will suffer more and more.

Reply to  Wade
May 4, 2022 10:14 am

Very astute observations.

I’m reminded of a politician who claimed for reimbursement of her costs for a “study tour” for a report on the state of the agricultural sector.

She visited universities in 6 capital cities across the country.
That was all.
Never stepped foot on a farm anywhere.

Then pontificated to an adoring media about all the opportunities the government was providing right across the agricultural sector.

May 4, 2022 10:01 am

The so called wealthy elites want all that is privately owned and a way to get it is to drive people out of their ownership with high prices, taxes and regulations.

Old Man Winter
May 4, 2022 10:47 am

“Many have no love for oil companies, living the common fallacy of high oil prices being a plot by said companies to gouge consumers.”

If you ever meet anyone who claims oil cos. are gouging, ask them why prices were so low when
Trump was president. Obviously, they couldn’t have been gouging then & probably started now
because Brandon can be bribed! 😮 The only other major changes are Ukraine & Brandon. Prices
started rising when he was elected long before Ukraine. Odds are he’s the problem!

You can share the photo below to make the point!

Gary Pearse
May 4, 2022 11:00 am

Send this as a letter to each federal and provincial party leader. Perhaps we should strike our own ‘Royal Commission’ to get every outer circle to contribute.

Even Kenney, a Conservative premier of Alberta initiated an ‘independent study’ of the lousy problem oil and gas industry, which said we should go greener, hydrogen economy, and capture carbon crapola. And he’s going for it.

One thing, never elect a guy from the Maritime provinces to Alberta! Even a conservative.When things were booming in Alberta they attracted maritimers by the trainload, radically changed the political landscape and they, horror of horrors, elected, for the first time in their history, a socialist government. Now they have a putative conservative from there who likes hydrogen and probably gender altering tofu burgers in oil, gas and beef country. Cowboys will become new customers for Victoria’s Secret before too long.

Re the above atticle: most articles used to be about man boobs and tofu, but the Great Reset minions have flooded the internet with misinformation. Scroll down the article to the proof.

May 4, 2022 5:18 pm

Stop providing sushi and latte to the urban jungles and see how they change their tune. Thank God for the Constitution in the USA or places like mentioned in the article would cease to exist and we would be getting our food from government run mega farms but if and only when their planning succeeded.

May 4, 2022 6:05 pm

The author limited his discussion to food and transportation.


Reply to  Jon
May 5, 2022 12:00 pm


Reply to  roaddog
May 6, 2022 2:15 pm

So, do you expect his mother to cut down the carbon sink trees, cut to firebox length, split, store to dry, and bring it in? Or, do the wood fairies deliver?

May 4, 2022 9:17 pm

But in urban centres far away, the laptop class is infinitely more interested in EVs and crypto and COP26 and cartoon villains.

Problem being, the laptop class considers the producing class to be their cartoon villains, as justification for they themselves acting like cartoon villains.
Here’s an official Trudeau tweet when he decided to use an anti-terrorism act against people peacefully protesting his government’s tyranny:

Today in the House, Members of Parliament unanimously condemned the antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, homophobia, and transphobia that we’ve seen on display in Ottawa over the past number of days. Together, let’s keep working to make Canada more inclusive.

Reply to  Lark
May 5, 2022 12:02 pm

I struggle to understand how that sort of lying vilification of other Canadians didn’t get him thrown out on his ass.

May 5, 2022 6:22 am

following very bad advice that the old can be now starved of capital and dismantled because erroneous fanatics have led to believe that a new system is ready

That fallacy has a name:

May 5, 2022 6:26 am

The divide is nothing new, of course; rural and urban people have long had different concerns.

Life follows art.
Welcome to the Hunger Games.

Caligula Jones
May 5, 2022 6:30 am

Brava! Will be deservingly widely distributed.

My personal note: also from a similar area in Lockdownistan, Trudeautopia (Ontario, Canada), although a bit different.

Not as many farms or mills anymore (logged out in the 1880s), but now they harvest cottagers. About 200 kms north of Toronto “Cottage Country” started just after the loggers left, basically then a haven for the rich.

Back in the 50s to maybe the 80s a working class family could spend week there as a getaway in a cabin.

Now…a haven for the super rich. Quaint mom and pop roadside inns gone, replaced by condos and $500 a night five star resorts. Island “compounds” with price tags of $25 million aren’t uncommon.

Oh, and most public lake access is a crappy beach and a government dock.

Most of my family still lives there working “the trades”, but when a house owner (not a cottage, just your basic bungalow) can get $4,000 a week during the summer, let’s just say housing is a bit of an issue for most people.

Paul Penrose
May 5, 2022 9:41 am

“laptop class”
Heh, that’s good. I’ll have to remember that.

May 5, 2022 5:43 pm

Mostly good article, except for the contradictory portions:

These producers-of-things would ditch gasoline in a heartbeat if they could.”

Utter nonsense!

These “producers-of-things” grew up with gasoline and many other fossil fuels; diesel, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, motor oil, sewing machine oil, grease, grease guns, acetylene, etc. etc.
They depend on abundant fuels and other fossil fuel products, including much of what is made from plastic feedstocks.

None of them would ditch gasoline or other fossil fuels because some urbanite believes they should or because the government taxes the hell out of fossil fuels; mandates fossil fuel alternatives; an as trudeau demonstrates so well, politicians are doing their worst to crash economies based upon fossil fuels.

There are no substitutes!

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