Just as annoying as the barrage of bad economic news we received through the media this past winter are the sunshine and lollipop folks who would have you believe that all is well and the Canadian economy is humming along.
Regular visitors to this little corner of the Internet know that GolfNewsNow has maintained a realistic outlook on the state of the economy, but has offset the bleak jobless figures and other depressing statistics with positive indicators whenever they become available.
Yet, Connie Woodcock’s column in the Toronto Sun last Thursday was too much of a sugar rush to handle. You can read it here.
According to Woodcock, she doesn’t read her bank statements because she doesn’t want to know the state of her investments and she does realize people are losing their jobs, but she doesn’t know many, so apparently it isn’t a problem.
Apparently, she chose not to read the Sun story the same day her column appeared that 61,300 Canadian jobs were lost in March and a total of 357,000 have been lost since October.
Apparently, it doesn’t count unless Woodcock knows you, but you would think she would know a lot given the bleeding that is going on in the media these days.
There’s nothing wrong with the economy, according to Woodcock, when she has no problem getting a loan for a second-hand, all-wheel-drive vehicle. Tell that to golf courses that have seen many of the major players get out of golf financing lately.
All of this bad news got so depressing that her husband reportedly came close to firing the converter at the television over all the bad news coming from CBC.
Despite the façade, such people who preach such overly-positive thoughts are usually not the positive people at all.
The positive people are the ones who accept that there are challenges ahead and are willing to take those challenges on, instead of hiding from them in some make-believe world where you can deny the existence of the outside world.
If you’re looking for good news, it can be found in the fact that, according to polls and comments on GNN and people we’ve talked to, the golf industry knows the economy is going to be tough this year and that budget cuts and staff reductions are a very real possibility.
If they are positive people, they will be acting to deal with these problems through aggressive marketing, innovative programs, pricing, increased service or whatever method they deem best for their respective facilities.
The positive people are the ones trying to fix the problems, not deny them.
In the real world, action is needed instead of apathy.