Ontario goes Liberal

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So Ontario goes Liberal.

 
Not too surprising given the options.

 
Tim Hudak is Mike Harris redivivus, anti-union, a scary return to slash and burn, a trashing of the commons. Married to Deb Hutton and pals of Leslie Noble and Tom Long. Google them and be frightened.

 
Imagine running a campaign based on firing 100,000 human beings as those fired do not have families, children. He brought up far right policies from the US—not a good idea.

 
Andrea Horwath sadly tilting to the populist right, no big ideas, nibbling away on the fringe to titillate middle class voters. No great support for the poor, minimum wage. Very sad, a betrayal of traditional NDP values. She forced an election, now losing the voice she had in a minority government. NDP needs to get back to its roots. A resignation should be forthcoming.

 
People like Kathleen Wynne. They separated her from Dalton McGuinty. Very bright, compassionate and progressive.

 
For Christians check out where the pain is in the province and see how people voted.

 
Look at the capital Toronto where suffering shows itself—new immigrants struggling, a poor transportation system, a place where gays can live with dignity, where most of First Nations live off the reservation, where the poor are visible, where citizens have been suffering under an incompetent far right Tory mayor, where the world in all its diversity gathers…not a Conservative seat.

 
Why? Tim Hudak and Mike Harris are not Conservatives like Bill Davis was-rational, reasonable, committed to gradual not revolutionary change.

 

 

People are waking up to this fact. Maybe the Tories will.

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    People go to Washington
    asking the government
    to solve their economic problems,
    while the Federal government
    was never intended
    to solve men’s economic problems.
    Thomas Jefferson says that
    the less government there is
    the better it is.
    If the less government there is,
    the better it is,
    then the best kind of government
    is self-government.
    If the best kind of government
    is self-government,
    then the best kind of organization
    is self-organization.
    When the organizers try
    to organize the unorganized,
    then the organizers
    don’t organize themselves.
    And when the organizers
    don’t organize themselves,
    nobody organizes himself,
    and when nobody organizes himself
    nothing is organized.

    Peter Maurin

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    wmgrace Says:

    49: Putting all of this within the context of today, governments have the legal (or the constitutional) right and the obligation to create economic and social conditions which are favourable to the people, and allow the people to pursue worthwhile lives in relative freedom. Social justice and personal well-being are inextricably linked (as we learn almost daily) to economic factors. People don’t “go to Washington asking the government to solve their economic problems” – on the contrary, they often ask government to carry out the will of the people and reverse government policies or take corrective actions to solve social and economic problems which the government has, at least in part, created. Its supposed to be “government of the people, by the people”, and for the people – not government of the people, by the corporations, and for the corporations. The people don’t go to government nearly enough, as evidenced by the vast economic inequality which exists in our supposedly democratic countries, and seems to be getting worse.

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    WM: Keep in mind, you are replying to Peter Maurin.

    Putting all of this within the context of today, governments have the legal (or the constitutional) right and the obligation to create economic and social conditions which are favourable to the people, and allow the people to pursue worthwhile lives in relative freedom.

    You couldn’t be more right, and you couldn’t have said it better. Conditions. That’s the key word. Economic conditions that permit human persons to create wealth–because government does not create wealth.

    Social justice and personal well-being are inextricably linked (as we learn almost daily) to economic factors.

    In total agreement.

    People don’t “go to Washington asking the government to solve their economic problems” –

    Oh, yes they do. And they go to Ottawa as well. Peter Maurin is absolutely right, and it has gotten worse under Obama.

    on the contrary, they often ask government to carry out the will of the people and reverse government policies or take corrective actions to solve social and economic problems which the government has, at least in part, created.

    Solve social and economic problems. Key phrase here. You know, you are also right when you say “…which the government has, in part, created.” How have they created these problems? By stifling regulations and increased taxes, through the higher cost of energy, by government trying to solve people’s social and economic problems. If it is much cheaper to manufacture goods in another province, then it only makes economic sense to go to that other province. What’s the result? Increased unemployment here, a decrease there.

    Individual persons have to be allowed to create their own wealth. There are certain things that everyone has a shared responsibility for, but the kinds of government we’ve been seeing are under the impression that it is the government’s responsibility to take care of not just those who simply cannot take care of themselves (that duty does belong to the civil community as a whole), but to everyone who is willing to work or not willing to work.

    Its supposed to be “government of the people, by the people”, and for the people – not government of the people, by the corporations, and for the corporations.

    Nah, na, na…..you were doing great there until you revealed your anti-corporate prejudice. The corporations don’t govern. They employ, and they provide us with affordable goods, and they donate huge sums to charities. But you are right to begin “government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Not government by the Judiciary, unelected Judges appointed to the Supreme Court by the Liberal government, to interpret a vague Charter according to the Ideological slant of the Justice appointed. And, the government’s role is to create the economic conditions, as you said, NOT be the agents of a welfare state. Pope John Paul II explicitly criticized the welfare states that have popped up in the western world. That’s not government, that’s socialism. As Peter Maurin also quoted so often: “Anyone who is not a socialist by the time he’s 20 has no heart; and anyone who is still a socialist by the time he’s 30 has no head.”

    The people don’t go to government nearly enough, as evidenced by the vast economic inequality which exists in our supposedly democratic countries, and seems to be getting worse.

    You show that you have that mentality that it’s government that is going to solve economic problems. First of all, inequality is not necessarily a bad thing. What matters is not the degree of equality or inequality, but how well those at the bottom of the economic latter are living. There is no moral duty that I earn the same as the guy down the road. But as long as I am able to work, the economic conditions are there, the social and political conditions are in place, so that I can create my own wealth, then we have a just society. That my neighbor down the road is much smarter than me financially and is making three times what I make is no injustice. That’s just the way life is. But when the liberal government is now forcing me to create a new menu that contains calorie information, carbs, sodium levels, etc., so that my customers will know whether or not to order my Clam Chowder, that’s going to cost me, and I’m barely making ends meet. Wynne does not understand these things, because she does not understand the world of business. Neither do the NDP. They tend to be ideological. Conservatives seem to understand business. Liberals think it’s nothing, just a bit of information. But no, it’s a much bigger expense. And that’s not an economic condition. That’s the Nanny State. Adults come to my restaurant because they like the food. They know that potatoes and pasta and bread are fattening. They don’t need the government shoving a spread sheet of nutrition facts in their faces. They can take care of themselves.

    Statistics have been unambiguous. Where there is economic freedom in Canada and the United States (i.e., those specific provinces and states), there is greater prosperity on all levels. Where there is a marked decrease in economic freedom, the result is a stifled economy, high unemployment, young people emigrating to other provinces or states, etc. The Fraser Institute has all the data available.

    We both want the same things. We want economic prosperity for everyone. The question is: How do we get it? There is no doubt in my mind that the biggest problem, the biggest problem in this country and south of the border is economic illiteracy. Most people have no studied Economics. They don’t understand the science. they don’t understand how wealth is created, how inflation is created, and they don’t quite get how knowledge works in economics, the role of prices in the allocation of resources. That’s a huge problem. They think with a solution mentality. The average NDPer is economically illiterate, at least in my experience. They are very ideological, and very unscientific. And they are into fear mongering. But just wait, and watch Kathleen Wynne turn into a Mike Harris slasher and burner. She has no choice in the matter. We’re a bankrupt province. Watch how quickly public sector unions turn on her. If I am wrong, I will come back and admit it. If I am right, I hope you remember to admit it here, on this blog.


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