7.21.2011

toronto's ford brothers: does a true word ever leave their mouths?

James posted this in comments yesterday, but it deserves its own thread: Top Five Ford Lies. If you haven't seen it yet, please go read.

Of course, politicians with a privatization agenda never let the facts get in the way of their profit-driven ideology. If they cared about facts, government services would never be privatized, since it's been proven time and again, the world over, that privatization is more expensive, less efficient and less accountable. Taxes don't decrease, but profits for a few increase.

More on this another time, when I'm not on deadline. Meanwhile, in case you need a primer on this whole government-as-business thing, see Pogge: "Is he running a government, or making widgets?" And while you're there, on the related subject of government-spending-lies the media flogs whenever it's convenient: "Zombie lies". Harper "spent his way out of recession". Yeah, right.

4 comments:

James said...

This one really gets me: Ford has already cut the Toronto budget by $70 million.

I have trouble accepting that he's actually so ignorant that he doesn't know the difference between revenue and expenses. But the only other explanation that I can think of is that he thinks taxpayers are so ignorant that they don't know the difference.

Which puts his "respect for taxpayers" slogan in a new whole light.

laura k said...

But the only other explanation that I can think of is that he thinks taxpayers are so ignorant that they don't know the difference.

Bingo! And he counts on the media to go along for the ride. Because, you know, if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes true.

James said...

BTW, this is pretty much exactly the same strategy Fox News recently used over the News of the World phone hacking scandal. "We shouldn't be concentrating on News International. There's a huge hacking problem. The Pentagon's been hacked, so-and-so's been hacked..."

Yeah, Fox, but the difference is that the Pentagon &c were victims of hacking; News International was a perpetrator.

James said...

From Torontoist: Straight Talkin' Weather with Rob 'n' Doug