Sunday, September 16, 2007

Whitewashing politics

"It's time to forget political agendas and act," say politicians and government-subsidized social agency spokesmen who attended the Child Poverty Symposium in London last week. Well, without a political agenda, that should certainly exempt at least the possibility of any government action on the front… except that that is almost certainly the exact opposite of what these politicians and advocates have in mind. By "political agenda," one is supposed to read as any agenda that does not coincide at least in sentiment and taxes with their general redistribution platform. And since Liberals were apparently the only politicians in attendance at the Symposium, one must conclude that they don't have a political agenda!

But even Liberal politicians and social advocates could not be naive enough to suppose that "poverty" policies could be advanced without a political agenda. It's just that they would prefer that everyone who's paying for it blithely accept it as unsullied by politics. Socialism has always depended here in North America on adopting the highest of high moral rhetorical grounds to make it appear defensible in belief, however it is practised in reality.

And "outrage" must surely be the easiest, and most conspicuous, way to exercise some lily-white moral posturing. But absent a political agenda, outrage and $1.17 will only get you a small Tim Horton's coffee (price including sales tax, corporate taxes, property taxes, license fees, regulatory fees, duties on imported goods, minimum wage thresholds, payroll taxes, etc.). Well, maybe not having a political agenda is profitable after all!

But is child poverty even such a compelling and widespread problem now that it requires "outrage" and our complicity in apparently apolitical political action? Well, if it's not, it had just better be! Since theirs is not a political agenda, I suppose we can just take their word for it.

Liberal MPP Deb Matthews said some of her constituents spend as much money on lawn care as others do on their rent.
One could be happy with the "glass half full" view that lawn care is affordable to so many, but then that perspective wouldn't do much for the "glass half empty with taxes" agenda.


Dick said...


Thank you ever so kindly for providing the first whiff of documentation concerning the mismanagement of London by its people and municipal government in well over a month.

I've waited through oodles of odes to Bin Laden, my hero Ward Churchill and Uncle Hugo for this moment - although the Paul McKeever stuff was quite excellent.

Now if you could only get Randy Hillier!

Sincerely yours,


MapMaster said...


My apologies, but to tell you the truth there is not much mismanagement to document in the summer, even here in London. I hope that our people and municipal government will be able to make it up to you soon.

I'd be sure to snag Randy Hillier next time he's in town, but I might just be a tad afraid. Nevertheless, I understand that you're quite a fan of his!

Kind regards,