September 21, 2010

Mayor Rob Ford = Yikes!

CANADA - Imagine for a moment Rob Ford actually becomes Mayor of Toronto.

I mean, the guy is a moron. He's a big, "angry, pink-faced man with an oversized head" as one local reporter described him.

"Voting for Ford is like sleeping with someone to get revenge on your spouse. It seems like a good idea at closing time, which is what an election is," says reporter Heather Mallick.

And she is absolutely correct. Ford's recent popularity of 45% in a poll shows many Torontonians are upset... but I'd argue its not outgoing Mayor David Miller's fault.

If anything the thing people are complaining about in Toronto has nothing to do with Toronto's leadership. It had to do with the economy... and that is more the result of the recession in the USA and George W. Bush dropping the economic ball during the 2001-2008 period.

On behalf of the Lilith News we think David Miller did a pretty good job as Toronto's mayor. He was just unlucky to be mayor during an economic downturn in Canada and the USA.

And electing Rob Ford isn't going to solve Toronto's problems. All we have to do is look at Rob Ford's agenda:

#1. Rob Ford wants to melt down stop signs and let drivers pretty much fend for themselves. (Thankfully as mayor he has no control over how traffic laws are enforced. The best he can do is give people more parking tickets.)

#2. Rob Ford wants to fire thousands of "lazy" city employees.

#3. Rob Ford wants to build subway stops all the way to Etobicoke. (Sure, and Santa Claus will beat up the Easter Bunny in a bare-knuckle boxing match.)

#4. Rob Ford hates cyclists and wants them to ride on sidewalks instead. (Oh, how I wish I was kidding.)

#5. Rob Ford wants to trash the unions and send them back to the dark ages. (You think the garbage strike was bad, what happens when snow plow operators go on strike and Rob Ford refuses to negotiate with them?)

Rob Ford is all flash and no substance. Sure, he can spot corruption and inefficiencies that need to be improved, but his personality is such that he has no method for fixing the problem with a sustainable result. His only solution is to simply cut funding for things he doesn't like.

And that will blow over really well when Torontonians are shovelling their streets in the dead of winter, trying to get the garbage picked up, and wondering why the TTC buses are all running late.

We predict Rob Ford will usher in an era of overspending and debt that will make all previous mayors look like fiscal saints in comparison. Because when he realizes that we can't cut these services his only remaining solution will be to throw money at the problem.

And remember if elected we would be stuck with Rob Ford for FOUR YEARS. We estimate he would become a lame duck within the first 6 months.

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