Wednesday, October 27, 2010

With this program, The Cat would have voted for Rob Ford for Mayor

Forgeddabout his roughness, his lapses with accuracy, his memory problems, let's look at what Rob Ford has promised to do.

There is a pretty good list set out in the Toronto Sun.

And The Cat likes a lot of these items.

As for those who are now saying that Ford won't be able to implement much because in Toronto a mayor is just one vote on the council, perhaps they should consider this: the wave that swept this guy into power is still out there, waiting for action. And any councillor who decides to oppose this mayor on some of the major items had better think very seriously about whether that wave just might change course a bit, and sweep him or her out of office come the next election.

Especially if they oppose the transparency items Ford has promised (recorded votes, reduction in expense accounts).

Make no bones about it, with near-disaster of the financial meltdown in 2008 still a bitter memory for millions in north America who lost big chunks of their savings, with the "new" capitalism which socializes losses but keeps profits for the few, with the absence of meaningful steps on both sides of the border to bring those who brought about that meltdown to account, and with the many people who don't have jobs or have been forced to accept second-rate jobs instead of meaningful careers, courtesy of the political and business elites, there is a lot of totally justified anger and concern out there.

And a guy like Ford who says that voters are getting screwed gets listened to, as he should.

What do voters want?

Perhaps politicians who pay less attention to getting the right haircut and more to actually standing for something concrete and spelling this out for voters.

The elections of the mayors of Calgary and Toronto are not mistakes.

They are messages.

And the messages count far more than the quirks of the messengers.

Anybody listening, Liberals? Dippers?

3 comments :

  1. with the "new" capitalism which socializes losses but keeps profits for the few, with the absence of meaningful steps on both sides of the border to bring those who brought about that meltdown to account, and with the many people who don't have jobs or have been forced to accept second-rate jobs instead of meaningful careers, courtesy of the political and business elites, there is a lot of totally justified anger and concern out there. Is Rob Ford going to do anything about that? Nope, he is going to take on the real enemy, the trash collectors of Toronto.

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  2. with the "new" capitalism which socializes losses but keeps profits for the few, with the absence of meaningful steps on both sides of the border to bring those who brought about that meltdown to account, and with the many people who don't have jobs or have been forced to accept second-rate jobs instead of meaningful careers, courtesy of the political and business elites, there is a lot of totally justified anger and concern out there

    Ford, being to the far right, is all about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. He doesn't care about the electorate; the poor, the unemployed, working class or anyone else besides his ideology; his own view of TO, which privatized everything, no services, etc.

    All I know, is that I remember him trying to implement or vote for stopping snow removal when he was a city councillor. My parents, who are disabled, well, that would render them shut-ins the entire winter if Ford goes through with that and he doesn't care about seniors or folks with limited mobility. After all, like most of today's far right, the disabled--bah! Burdon on society!

    Oh, and ironically, Jane and Joe Six pack for whatever reason, are the ones who embrace the "new" capitalism, for the most part, after the wealthiest of society. Another phenomenon I just don't get.

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  3. Cutting expenses of councillors, making them publicly declare their votes on issues, extending the subways so that people can use them rather than cars - these are issues I agree with. That does not mean that Ford is not regressive in other areas - some of his statements and actions show a right wing bent that would hurt many if he pursued this.

    But the point is that Ford swept into power with a substantial majority because voters are angry and worried. Any rider on a pale horse will do if you feel that your needs, your safety, your concerns are not being addressed ... that is the lesson of ord, and of the Tea Party down south.

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