Wednesday, September 12, 2007

This is what inclusiveness is all about

Dalton McGuinty is well remembered for raising taxes in Ontario, shortly after promising not to raise taxes. The Gimp is once again promising not to raise taxes, though he's not willing to put it in writing this time, just in case a suitable scapegoat can be found to justify further increases. In other words, he promises not to promise not to raise taxes.

On the tax front, Premier Dalton McGuinty marked the fourth anniversary of his broken 2003 campaign vow to freeze taxes by making the same pledge if the Liberals are re-elected -- only this time, he's not putting it in writing.

[..] In Ottawa, McGuinty said voters can be assured he won't have to break his pledge not to raise taxes if the Liberals win.

But unlike during the 2003 election, when he signed that promise for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, he declined to put that down on paper.

McGuinty imposed a health-care tax of as much as $900 a worker within months of taking office, blaming a hidden $5.6-billion deficit left by the Conservative government.
John Tory would blame the government for not having enough power over the education of your child. In addition to extending funding to faith-based schools (does this include funding for Scientologists?), Tory aims to limit learning outside of school hours to 10 minutes per day.
Tory is promising to limit homework to 10 minutes per grade a night, which his platform says will provide some relief to students and their families who struggle under the nightly burden.

McGuinty outlined his homework help plan in a visit to an elementary school near his Ottawa home and later at a Lindsay high school.

Tory, who also campaigned yesterday in Kitchener, said he wants the 53,000 children in private religious schools to come into the public system so government can ensure they receive schooling that meets provincial standards on testing, teaching and curriculum.

"That is what inclusiveness is all about," Tory said.

"It may not be universally popular, but I tell you I believe in my heart it is the right thing to do for the province of Ontario and a stronger public education system," he said.


sargon the magnificent said...

Dalton is going to raise taxes to fund more teachers, more hall way monitors, and more activists in our education system.

Anonymous said...

John Tory would blame the government for not having enough power over the education of your child.

Today on a radio show a PC supporter phoned up to say that Tory's education plan is a good thing, because with it the government can "control radical extremist Islamic schools". And the host, another tory, said, "Yes, people should realize that this is the best thing about the plan, that it lets us control what happens in religious schools."

All of which demonstrate some fundamental axioms about government:

1) It's not about helping you, it's about control.

2) In order to make you not only allow them to control you, but to make you actually beg for it, they will use any old bogeyman that comes along. Liberals use "American-style" as the bogeyman, Tories use "Islamists". It's the same B.S. packaged with different labels.

3) There is always some joker seeking to control you through government, who will try to present his plan for expansion of government control as "more freedom" and "greater choice".

sargon the magnificent said...

Good point. But, let us also factor in those other entities that want to control your life: like the Bolsheviks in the Teachers Federation. Cutting those Reds off at the knees by swapping four or five Toronto high schools away from the Trotskyite Teachers to some one else will weaken them.

I guess it is a matter of tactics. If you have children in the activist indoctrination centers that are our publically funded schools, you are, hopefully aware of the propaganda that goes on, day in and day out.

Tactics, comrade. Tactics. These statists are at war with your rights. Perhaps you should consider adding the lesser evil to your arsenal to destroy the greater evil.

Anonymous said...

The Tory plan is to seize control of these schools and turn them over to the bolshies in the teachers federation. What do you think he's talking about when he says that he's going to make having "qualified, licensed teachers" a condition of receiving government funding? Unionization and strikes for wage and benefit parity with public schools will quickly follow, as will the expansion of "private" school bureaucracies in order to "ensure standards" and fulfill all the new requirements for bureaucratic paperwork which will be a condition of receiving "government" money.

It's a tactic alright, but it's not a lesser evil. It's a flanking operation in the war on your rights - suck conservatives into supporting a superficially "conservative" looking policy which is in fact another expansion of government.