The Ontarians who voted for Ford are complete selfish, stupid, assholes with no concept of the deep shitty hole they have just dug for themselves.
The Globe and Mail editorial this morning does the usual, fear-mongering hatchet job on the NDP while giving the Cons a free pass for doing almost exactly the same things from the right for business. This does not help the NDP. On the other hand, also in the G and M this morning, the timing of Rob Ford’s widow’s law suit against Doug Ford claiming financial malfeasance which damaged her family’s ability to survive and asking for a remedy of 16 million or so many damage Ford. (I think the timing was calculated to do this damage.) Of course, and here is a massive generalization, how many Ford voters actually read the G and M; they probably read the Sun/ post media papers where Ford will likely be given absolution because he is their business baby-boy saviour.
One of the things I find interesting is why people expect bureaucracies to work in this time of “let’s cut taxes”. Over the last 20 years people have elected gov’ts largely on the basis of “get the gov’t out of your life. You pay too many taxes. You are in debt and we want to help you. You need relief blah blah blah etc etc.” The public just ate it up and still do not realizing or pretend not to realize, that gov’t services are paid for by taxes and if the taxes don’t come in it means that there are fewer public servants/bureaucrats to work for you. This means longer line-ups to get services. It means more and longer wait times with frustrating electronic entities. It means costs for things like licenses and passports etc all go up. It means gov’ts have to borrow to pay for these reduced services. It means evils like the Phoenix Pay system debacle. It will mean that the administration of Canada’s newly bought pipeline will likely suffer the same fate as the Phoenix Pay system. It means that your life gets more frustrating and generally sucks in terms of getting the things you need and getting them done efficiently. (Of course all the business people say that the “free” market will do this better even as they line up for gov’t subsidies, deal in nepotism and use the infrastructure we paid for with our taxes largely for free because corps pay little tax here. But don’t get me started on that.) So, when all of the above happens to you don’t complain if you voted for the small gov’t low tax version of the Canadian world. You are getting exactly what you did not pay for.
Paying attention to what banks are up to is important. The Excited States is allowing big banks to “ease” compliance to the Volcker rule and the Dodd-Frank law that were instituted after banks reckless speculative trading helped cause the last financial meltdown. All of this is so the banks can go back to their old, dangerous to everyone, ways. I know i rave about oligarchies but this, and of course Kinder Morgan, are evidence of how both the American and Canadian gov’ts do not serve you.
It is going to be interesting to watch the so-called progressives in this country in the next election. As i understood the last election, folks desperately wanted to be rid of Harper but distrusted Mulcair as just another businessman wearing temporary orange. So these progressive folks held their noses and voted for the run- from-the-left-but-govern-from-the-right-Liberals with a shiney new pretty boy leader who promised them all sorts of goodies on climate, FN relations and voting reform to name but three. (I warned about this guy throughout the campaign and said he was just more Harper with a smiley face.) Now that Trudeau II and his beard-for-the-oligarchs party have, once again, shown their true colours the so-called progressive folks are feeling blue. So, here is the interesting part, can these so-called progressive folks overcome their innate Cdn racism about anyone brown or black as their provincial or federal leader? (BC has done it once.) Will these folks finally overcome this and the corporate media’s continual portrayal of the NDP as reds-under-the-bed, incapable of handling business decisions and hostile to capitalism to vote for Jagmeet? (Then we have to ask just what does Jagmeet actually stand for?) Will these so-called progressives actually even consider moving to the Greens? If not, here is my prediction, Canada will be in the hands of Sheer and his merry band because the so-called progressives will once again vote strategically or not at all.