What are the odds of that?

We all know the odds of winning a major lottery sit around 100,000,000-1

On the other end of the doom-and-gloom spectrum, the odds of being killed in a plane crash are estimated to be 5,370,000-1. (I am pretty pleased about that one.)

How about becoming a saint? Well, that is set at 20,000,000-1. If you get killed in a plane crash, you are quarter of the way there.

Winning an Olympic medal, by comparison, is relatively easy at 662,000-1

Bookies in the U.K. and elsewhere use these “odds” to ensure they win when we place bets, which I am sure they are doing when it relates to politics in the U.S. 

The next big lottery comes up for grabs next month in the U.S. is the race for the presidency.

Odds of becoming a U.S. president are set at 10,000,000-1, much better than the odds of winning a lottery. So Trump, or Clinton may have a chance.

What are the odds that two unqualified or incompetent people would be chosen by their respective major parties from a pool of 325,000,000 people to run for president of what arguably is the world’s super-power?

I would say it is probably the hardest odds of all. Yet, here we sit spectating the exact situation, watching people debate who would be the “least worst” candidate.

For the love of God, are we not able to find an honest and competent person, one in 325,000,000 that would have the pre-requisite qualifications to at least run for candidacy in the U.S.?

Sadly, it appears not.

Now, let’s talk Canadian politics… hmmm, better not. That would be like criticizing truck drivers in Kelowna.


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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

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