Saturday, September 15, 2007

how to keep the honesty issue from resonating

It's really interesting that John Tory has decided to make the main issue in this election leadership/honesty.

When the PCs make no substantial promise regarding fiscal policy other than more honesty, it means that almost all of the rest of their promises are the same as the Liberals, except "we'll keep them."

Well, when you're both promising to increase spending, I have no trouble believing that any Liberal will keep the promise. (The main reason I've never been a Liberal.) It would be different if they were fighting over who could reduce spending and lower taxes, but it's simply not the case.

If you're trying to stand apart from someone by saying you'll keep your promises, they have to be making promises no one believes they will keep. By promising spending increases, (and promising to keep the promise. What have elections come to, anyway?) Tory helps McGuinty keep his credibility and stops the PCs from controlling the issues.

One of the many reasons you will be hearing way more about the school funding issue (winning some Jewish votes in TO, but not too popular with others I've heard talk about it) than about honesty and accountability.

2 comments:

Mr. K said...

All major parties plan for spending increases.

The reasonableness of any proposal for growth in government expenditures depends on the specific objectives of each party's policies as decided by the voters. The projected growth of the economy and the government services to facilitate and manage that growth are other factors.

The salient distinctions in the plans of the political parties are not only in the relative differences in the increases in spending, but is the specific nature of the expenditures.

When you say "the PCs make no substantial promise regarding fiscal policy other than more honesty" perhaps you are not aware of their fiscal plan:

http://tinyurl.com/29ucqf

Please also clarify why are you exclusively singling out the Jewish demographic to criticize the PC platform with your remark:

"One of the many reasons you will be hearing way more about the school funding issue (winning some Jewish votes in TO, but not too popular with others I've heard talk about it) than about honesty and accountability."

I'm trying to understand the thesis of your post. Other than your inference that the PC party is pandering to the Jewish demographic for votes, is it fair to assume that you are opposed to the growth of legitimate government services commensurate with population and economic growth?

Janet said...

I mentioned Jewish voters in Toronto, because, like I said, of those I've heard talk about it, Jewish voters in Toronto seem to be the one group that's largely in favour of Tory's plan.

And, um, yeah. Note the title of the blog, "Liberty is Good." Read a few posts. Of course I'm opposed to just spending more, more, more, more, more. I actually am one of the few people to be aware of the fiscal plan (who releases that kind of thing the day before Labour Day weekend?) and to me the only substantial differences in policy are the school funding issue and, to be fair, the promise to phase out the health tax (though why it needs to be phased out and not just eliminated when Tory says it was unnecessary is beyond me).

I'm not the only one who can't tell the difference between JT and DM's plans. But hey, I guess responding to blogs of those who don't follow the doctrine of Tory would keep you busy, so cool for you. Everyone needs a hobby.