You know, this thread started to take a nice detour into Canadian bashing, then, for some inexplicable reason, returned to the subject matter. VERY disturbing. So, to get us started in the wrong direction again...

Remember the Robert Heinlein novel, where in the far distant future the protagonist is explaining Canada to someone who had never heard of it, "Canada was a part of the United States, which somehow managed to avoid paying it fair share of taxes..."