Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A message from RobFord.com

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  • That's an unfair comparison - to Basil Marceaux!

    At least he isn't reading off cue cards.

    By Anonymous Deb, at 11:26 a.m.  

  • Is that a Canadian flag with blue trim behind him???

    Ford's fiscal plan doesn't make any sense. At all. I think he's really tapped into something important to understand here and we're all for cutting perks, but being against everything is not the same as having a policy. As he says "you couldn't manage your home like that" when talking about the city, but no one would manage their home the way he proposes.

    Where is he going to get the money for the $100 millions he plans to spend? Cutting 22 councillors? Waiting for people to retire? But promising not to cut any services?? Really? It doesn't make sense.

    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 11:33 a.m.  

  • Ford is such a bad speaker it's really sad, I actually do feel bad for him.

    By Blogger Jordan, at 4:59 p.m.  

  • Well, at least Mel Lastman never needed a teleprompter (or never appeared to anyway).

    That was just... embarrassing. Aside from being a boring, mediocre speaker exhibiting not an ounce of passion or sincerity, all I can remember now about Ford's plan are a lot of numbers being thrown around and the graphics about reducing the number of councillors. Something about attrition? Contracting out garbage (this would seem the only example he knows)?

    And to say that it was obvious that he was reading a teleprompter is a gross understatement. You could see his eyes moving back and forth as he read.

    By Blogger JG, at 8:30 p.m.  

  • If you actually look at the numbers he's using (even assuming they're accurate projections), it would only deliver a quarter of the savings that he's promising.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 11:02 p.m.  

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    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 11:12 p.m.  

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    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 11:16 p.m.  

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    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 11:16 p.m.  

  • First: I'm wrong. That looks like the Toronto flag behind him, not the unpatriotic blue barred Canadian flag.

    Second: I think this video announcement does him in. His strength is supposed to be his finances. The reality is his strength has been his anti-City Hall populism. This financial statement is in every possible way really really bad. Bad production, bad reading of teleprompter, bad writing, bad performance. But most importantly bad on the fundamentals. Every ordinary Torontonian who hates City Council to their very bone knows that cutting 22 councillors and waiting for people to retire is not going to (a) pay down the astronomical deficit and debt AND (b) pay for the huge subway expences and other increased spending (with a guarantee of no cuts to services) Ford is promising. On its face, it doesn't add up. And no amount of "time to end the gravy train" or "watch the pennies and the dollars take care of themselves" sloganeering is going to make 1+1 equal to $9 billion. The problem is, and has always been, that the dollars don't take care of themselves unless you tackle them head on. The problem is that big and the solution proposed here is that obviously on its face too small.

    You know the type of movie you watch sometime where the entire premise of the plot is completely unbelievable, but you suspend your disbelief anyway just because you are getting so much out of the movie, you are really enjoying what you are seeing and what you paid for? But then the movie takes that one more step of implausibility. And then one more. And then suddenly the scales is tipped and you find yourself asking more questions than you were, more than you would have?

    Welcome to the state of the Toronto mayoral race 2010 on September 28, 2010.

    For better or for worse, the scale just tipped the other way. And there is no more time for anyone to re-balance it before October 25.

    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 11:17 p.m.  

  • Um, sorry about that. It kept saying there was an error and my comment didn't go through and lo and behold there is 5 copies of my magnificent commentary for all to read. It is doubtless brilliant insight, but not so brilliant that anyone needs to read it 5 times.


    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 11:20 p.m.  

  • Ridiculing Rob Ford does not work.
    Every label and every smear has been tried. All you have to do is read the Star. He has only gone up. Try something new for a change. Use your brains.

    By Blogger Rotterdam, at 11:21 p.m.  

  • I'm with you Rotterdam. Which is why I think this video by Ford is so damaging. This is not others commenting on him. This is him trying to be serious. and mayor-like. and responsible with numbers.

    And he fails. On what is supposed to be his fundamental campaign issue.

    I'm not ridiculing. I'm taking him deadly serious. And so will others. And THAT, not the snobbish ridicule or looking down on him, THAT is what is doing him in.

    (As for the "he has only gone up", sorry to burst your bubble, and I am because I really like a guy like Ford to do well and really shake things up, but his numbers are down and there is actually a very surmountable gap between him and Smitherman at the moment. Could change. But up is certainly not the "only" direction for Ford.)

    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 11:31 p.m.  

  • Rob Ford ---> Basil Marceaux ---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLjNJI54GMM

    By Anonymous Mr.E, at 11:50 p.m.  

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