“Trends that have held up over several hundred years are not apt to reverse themselves within the next several weeks.”
John Lewis Gaddis, The Landscape of History
“The profit motive is not a noble motive. It is not a gallant motive. It is not artistic. It is not dignified. And yet, it seems useful.”
Henry Luce, quoted in Calgary Sun Jan 25, 1990
In my latest National Post column I say Ottawa’s overdue, overbudget light rail project is a warning to citizens everywhere about how politicians and contractors underestimate costs and overestimate benefits of projects that, once they start, are “too big to fail” so you have to put up and pay up.
“I’m an entrepreneur and a capitalist. I like to spin straw into gold.”
Actor Dan Aykroyd, quoted in Ottawa Citizen October 20, 2000