My confession

Mayor David Miller of Toronto, who should be hiding his head in shame over what he has done to my beautiful city, instead had the outrageous chutzpah on Wednesday to endorse one of the candidates running to replace him. He chose his deputy, who thinks Miller has been a good mayor.

Miller probably agrees. That would make two people. Otherwise, in every department from street cleaning to budget control, from transportation to union relations, he’s done a wretched job. He may be the worst Toronto mayor ever. Certainly he’s the worst in several generations. His predecessor, Mel Lastman, was far from universally popular but after a couple of Miller years many of us began yearning for Mel’s return.

Before Miller disappears we should think about what he accomplished. Consider his legacy, as politicians put it.

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One Response to My confession

  1. nomdeblog says:

    “How stupid can a Harvard man be? (Now I know.)”
     
    We all know now because we’ve seen Miller, Obama and Iggy. These guys have no regard for the entrepreneurial engine that sustains our economy and funds government. We got a double dose of utopians in Ontario with Dalton Quixote’s crippling uncompetitive policies on eEnergy plus Miller who was the “eco-mayor who places himself spiritually far above the squalid and mundane lives of his constituents.”
     
    Miller’s attitude toward business is evident by Bloor St which “has been inaccessible for years due to an unforgivably incompetent pace of road construction. The Bloor retailers are close to suicidal but they’re envied by those on St. Clair Avenue, where a pointless construction program kept the customers away for much of the Miller Era.”  Miller just doesn’t care what happens to the entrepreneurs.

    This is not just an Ontario problem; here is a very good article by (a Democrat) Walter Russell Mead:
     
    http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2010/10/08/kausismo-or-death-dems-face-tough-choices-past-2010/
    Quotes:
    Government planners, even Harvard-educated ones with Truly Gigantic Brains, are simply not able to predict what technologies will really matter twenty, ten or even five years down the road.
    In fact, the only real economic policy today that has any chance of working in the United States today is to promote the emergence of small business.  Many of those businesses will fail; some will become thriving though never large enterprises; a few will become world-changing giants like Microsoft and Google.
     
    A viable national economic strategy today would have three component parts: long term measures to reduce the costs and overhead of small business by making government and the legal system cheaper and less intrusive; efforts to transform the marketplace for services like health care, education and others now provided largely by government into the private sector so that entrepreneurs can build new kinds of business while reducing the social cost of these vital and necessary services; and a way to provide the country with an affordable infrastructure that allows small business to flourish and enjoy the benefits of a national market at a low cost. 

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