Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Monday, March 19, 2018

Rob Ford is out of the race for mayor of Toronto; Doug Ford is in. Different names, same circus.

Doug bangs on about carrying on the "Ford Legacy", pretending the family is somehow exceptional. The Ford family labours under the delusion  they are the Kennedy's of Canada and somehow their repackaged Tea Party North politics are original policies.  It's just more of the same - a couple of silver spoon babies with a huge sense of entitlement. They haven't earned anything, let alone the adoration of the Ford Nation drones.

 I've had rather heated debates with people who seem to think the Fords walk on water - after all they've saved us a billion dollars, right? Sorry, their facts and figures are as muddled as their view of what makes a citizen. The Fords (and all Tea Partyesque clones) seem to think being a citizen boils down to paying taxes and nothing more. Yes, 1984 is alive and well, we are all nothing but the numbers we use to file taxes. What they refuse to understand is a basic fact - Toronto is not some rural community. It's a complex city, the 4th largest in North America. That means money has to be spent on maintaining the infrastucture. It also means planning for future growth not ferris wheels on the water front or childish rants about spending any money. Toronto needs realistic budgets, adult debates about expenditures and long term planning. We don't need the Brother's No.  The Fords specialise in obstruction for the sake of obstruction. They cloak their mean spirited and visceral politics under the guise of fiscal resposibility. Truely responsible councilors would ensure the city has the funds to properly function. But it's easier to scapegoat unions, the poor and everyone that doesn't fit into their vision of Toronto. 

 It takes more than temper tantrums and drug fueled rants to make a city function. Not sure when it became fashionable to be cruel and uncaring, but quite frankly enough already.  The Fords and their legacy of ignorance and arrogance have done a great deal of damage to this city's reputation and ability to function. The Fords are bullies, old fashioned bullies, nothing more. Rob was not a good mayor; Doug will be worse.  Time to vote the entire dysfunctional clan out of office.

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Catpaw with a pint & a typical bad haircutTime for a new look - the venerable cat on a postage stamp is now retired. As much as I loved him, it was time for a face lift - bad haircut & all. 

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