Saturday, February 08, 2014

Randy Hillier: Ontarions, You Are Lazy

Follow the man's argument:

The proverb “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations” refers to a family’s generational cycle through poverty and prosperity; does this proverb also reflect Ontario’s political generations?

The proverb demonstrates a timeless truth that the family’s first generation start off with little, and with hard work create a financial fortune. The second generation continues to work but also enjoy the benefits and the family’s wealth plateaus. The third generation, with no direct experience of work, consumes the family fortune. The fourth generation either returns to work to build a new fortune or begs for alms on the street.

In our case, things went South when Bill Davis got in power:

For some time now, Ontario politicians have been acting as the spoiled third generation, consuming the financial fortunes and equity our ancestors created, while holding the values and economic lessons that produced that wealth in contempt. The first of the third generation policies occurred during the Bill Davis years; the Niagara Escarpment Commission, imposition of rent controls and the purchase of Suncor marked the beginning of this new political generation.

And here's the kicker:

The present political generation, like the first, is also a reflection of the people today. 

And finally:

With certainty, this third political generation cannot last forever. What is unknown is this: Will our next political generation be personified by the proverb’s fourth generation, begging and pleading for federal alms, or will the people resolutely find and elect first generation-type politicians who can build a new fortune?

This is Mitt Romney style politics, pure and simple.  You're all lazy welfare bums.  Pull up your socks and vote for my guy!  Hardly the kind of appeal that is likely to attract a non-Tory to the Tory cause.  So hardly the kind of appeal Tim Hudak needs to make.  Randy must be assuming that the province's hard-core rightests will be able to vote twice, or that by voting really, really hard they can carry the day, though they be outnumbered.  We saw how that worked for Mitt.

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