There is enough time, there is never enough time, there is too little time in a day – time.
Time; it ticks by no matter what – everyone has the same hours.
Some waste it, some manage it, some feel there is never enough.
Time ticks by; people demand your time. The family wants your time, your employer want your time, your partner and/or children want your time – you never have enough.
Games suck in hours on end – they are fun but tedious and time-consuming.
Time gets drained until it is time to sleep; even that feels as though it is not enough.
You spend it, you manage it – you will never save it, and you will never get more in a day without compromising other compartments.
Time – the race is on.
The Canadian Forces were promised funding earlier this year by the current government, however what they did not tell the electorate is that the funding will mostly kick in around 2019 – after they have won a second election.
Therefore to simplify things soldiers, sailors, airmen are expected to do the usual – make do with less.
Disgraceful; any colour be it Conservative or Liberal all they are concerned with is winning the next election rather than governing. Now to be fair it is in their best interest to focus in on re-election; stable work schedule means stable income (Maker knows what politicians do for work if they are either not elected or re-elected).
Sometimes I feel sympathy for the leadership, other times my thoughts are with the military who are expected to soldier on without complaint – this is nothing new. During the latter years of the Cold War we saw Canada in West Germany under-equipped and ill-prepared to face Soviet and Soviet-backed forces should they decide to come knocking (thankfully they did not). While the pay, benefits, and rations are better than some allied nations, the feeling of neglect cannot be shaken as the troops continue to use aging equipment that are leftovers from the 80s.
However as a country most people surveyed (or at least those who bothered to reply to the survey) seem to care little of the armed forces. Recently people stated that the military was 14th on a list of priorities for Canada (or what they think to be priorities for the country) – most pressing was Health Care and pensions (and rightfully so). Yet neglect of the armed forces means that we are dependent on others for defense and we are unable to contribute more to the international community and thus attain more prestige and power.
Still, we are living in a time where threats come from non-state aggressors, and where funding for massive navies and air forces are not as needed as the army – perhaps it isn’t so much as how much more we need as where we need the most funds allocated. Yet my point still stands; rather than delivering a promise to fund, why not start down the road to fund now – a little increase here and there wouldn’t hurt and it would show the electorate that the government is serious about steadily boosting the military. The steady increase would mean that there is no risk of a sudden shock to the country’s finances, and we might even be able to find leftover funds to add to the pot for future projects outside military spending – sounds lovely does it not?
Ultimately I feel that this neglect of the military will continue; Canada has always neglected its armed forces so why stop this tradition of ours? Besides, ranking 14th in priorities for the electorate it seems those in uniform lack public support outside of well wishes and bumper stickers – make do with less, business as usual.