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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Political video watch: Rob Ford claims he'll stop the gravy train in Toronto
I haven't been following the Toronto mayoralty campaign, so I haven't made up my mind about which of the candidates is best. However, this video from the Rob Ford camp is silly enough to warrant being posted here:
The message is good. But, Team Ford, Ford hasn't yet stopped any gravy train, he only promises to (if elected). I've heard promises like these before...
I'd be curious to hear which candidate is best, from a libertarian point of view (I don't care about electability, I'll worry about that after figuring out which candidate is best on the issues).
I haven't been paying too close attention to the election (mainly because I can't wait to move back to Alberta and get out of Toronto), but Rob Ford is probably the best bet from a libertarian perspective. He's controversial, as in he says a lot of things that aren't politically correct, but he's got a big heart. He's fiscally conservative and socially liberal. He's kind of like Danielle Smith, but replace elegant with bombastic.
Posted by: Mark Rose | 2010-07-29 8:01:00 AM
Well, I liked Rob Ford up until I heard that he wanted to put more police CCTV cameras throughout Toronto, and increase the number of police roaming the street. Then I decided he didn't have my vote.
Toronto has one of the lowest crime rates in the world for a city of it's size. In fact, Toronto has the lowest violent crime rate of any major city in North America.
The Toronto Police budget currently represents 26.7% of all spending by the City of Toronto; $919 million.
Put another way, Toronto spends $348 per Torontonian on police, per year.
This makes Toronto Police among the most highly-funded police forces -- per capita -- in all of North America. Our crime rate is amongst the lowest. And Rob Ford's prescription? More police funding!
Fuck you, Rob Ford.
Posted by: Mike Brock | 2010-07-29 9:25:48 AM
Conservatives love big government, when big government is buying lots of guns and fancy law enforcement equipment for police. You can never have too much police and military when you're a conservative.
Look at the Tea Partiers in the US. The US military spending currently accounts for more than half of total global military spending. Their military budget is larger than the GDP of some small European countries and... it's... not... enough!
Posted by: Mike Brock | 2010-07-29 9:31:45 AM
Instead of trying the impossible of placing each candidate in a neat little box, it would be much more useful to list each important issue and where each candidate stands vis à vis the issue.
As for candidates making pre-election promises only to ignore them once elected, that seems to have been the norm for a long time, which is why I have always supported the right to recall.
Posted by: Alain | 2010-07-29 10:30:17 AM
Ford has released policies that involve tax cuts, ACTUAL spending cuts, a smaller city council, and privatized services. This would be rare but appreciated elsewhere, but in Toronto I give the man a lot of credit for running as a true small government conservative in a city that seems to be deeply socialist.
Posted by: Doug Smith | 2010-07-29 4:40:08 PM
Mike Brock would rather bitch about one problem with Ford and throw out the best option TO's got than actually think about the best possible outcome. Some days I wonder why libertarianism is not doing so well. Other days, this.
Oh, and Lorne Gunter wrote a good column concerning skepticism of 'falling' crime rates. He makes the point that this may really be the result of falling rates of crime reporting (not that this justifies ever higher policing and a growing surveillance state). I might add that the falling proportion of the population comprised of youth (the most crime-disposed portion of the population) may also have something to do with the trend. If we were to divide the crime rate by the youngest portion of the population over various time points, we might not have such a flattering graph. Even with just reported crime, it's still higher than in the 1960s.
Posted by: Cytotoxic | 2010-07-29 7:06:36 PM
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