Wondering why Toronto's suburbanites keep on supporting Rob Ford?

Rick Mercer has an answer: there are people in Toronto who would vote for a gerbil if it promised to lower their taxes by a dollar. (via Accordion Guy)

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  1. If you elect me mayor of Toronto, I will lower taxes to nothing.

    I also don't smoke crack.

    Just don't expect me to live there.

  2. Ratel says:

    No, no, no, no, no.

    I'm sure that helps that he blathers about taxes, but we have to stop dignifying people like that with the pretense that they care about policy, even moronic policy. They care about tribe. Our tribe vs. their tribe. Suburbanites vs those nasty, stinky, queer, ethnic whatever people who live in cities. They'd vote for someone who promised to raise their taxes and murder their children (cf. George Bush the Younger), so long as he was "one of us" not "one of them".

  3. No, they don't. In fact, at least one of his policies (the Scarborough subway) necessitated a raise in taxes.

    But Ford keeps repeating, loudly, and with no accounting at all to back him up, that he's saved the taxpayers a billion dollars, and because apparently Ford Nation can't be arsed to do the math, they believe him.

    Mercer nailed it.

  4. I don't know, if a gerbil got up and made a promise, any promise, I'd be tempted too.

  5. tnmc says:

    Geez, I hate paying taxes like any other guy, after all we'd all like to take home 100% of our salary.

    But I need to have my garbage collected, the roads plowed of snow, the traffic lights maintained, the roads and bridges maintained. I need the police to keep the peace and, heaven forfend, the fire department in an emergency and if anything goes horribly wrong, the doctors and the hospital to look after me and get me back on my feet. I need all these things and so much more and there's no way in hell I could pay for it all out of my 100% take home salary. I need the support of the community to build these things together for our mutual benefit. If I make a little more today, I pay a little more today because some day I might not be making that much and I might need to pay less than others. It's called the social compact.

    What we are witnessing is the beginning of a breakdown of civil society.

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