While lower taxes are good for Toronto, the fact that lower taxes can only follow through planned reductions in public spending should come as no surprise. To taxpayer's chagrin however, the few remaining 'left-leaning Miller Gang' councillors responsible for pillaging the city treasury for the last seven years have made clear they have no intention of carrying out their mandate and are reduced to 'grandstanding' to deflect public ridicule. They are refusing to otherwise balance the books as ravaging services thus reducing debt seems to be anathema to these folks!
While there is certainly
enough blame to go around, to expect the taxpayer to accept an onerous
tax increase is hypocritical! Despite Naomi Klein's attack on nearly
everybody in her 'War on Activism' tirade, Canadians, specifically
Torontonians have certainly not earned the moniker 'draconian' when you
consider that we are generous by nature. But when ballooning debt
service costs are the number 3 item on the list of expenditures and
poised to oust Police as the number one item, this cannot continue and
something has to be done!
But getting back to Miss Klein's
sanctimonious and disingenuous insult, to earn 'draconian', consider how
Wikipedia describes Draco, an Athenian legislator, who codified the
laws around 600 BC, the first time the Athenian laws were put down in
writing. Although details of his legislation are now unknown, the laws
which treated rich and poor alike for the first time were notoriously
harsh (hence the adjective ‘Draconian’) with nearly all offenses;
including idleness, I might add punishable by death.
those who hurl around the 'draconian' charge probably do not know that
Draco's laws were considered 'just' at the time. For the first time in
Athenian law, the codes were written down so folks would know what was
legal and what was illegal, thus they could avoid inadvertently breaking
the law. Also, it is said, the government finally took responsibility
for enforcing punishment for crimes, thus ending the need for vendettas.
asked why he decreed death as the penalty for most offenses, it is said
that Draco commented that small offenses deserved death and he knew of
no punishment more severe for great ones and now more than 2,600 years
later, the adjectival form of his name 'draconian' is still tossed
around in Toronto anytime someone decries injustice.
Ford's election pledge to Stop the Gravy Train does not include a death
sentence for those who still want to spend more than they bring in so no
one can get away with hurling the charge of 'draconian deficit cut',
either. On the other hand, considering the unconscionable level of
recidivism practiced in Toronto during Miller's reign, 'draconian'
punishment might have a certain appeal in some quarters. Lamentably,
capital punishment is not on the table for discussion, only non-criminal
matters of spending less taxpayer's money.
What should be
condemned though is the current 'draconian deficit' in Toronto; $4.4
billion dollars in net debt that constitutes a death sentence on our
kid’s and their kid's future prosperity, not a 'draconian deficit cut'.
Metaphorically speaking, when the ship started sinking, one would have
thought that these 'left-leaning' folks would consider actually pumping
out more water than rushed in. One is left to wonder if they even knew
how to 'stabilize' a 'draconian deficit' that ballooned on their watch!