(WINDSOR, ON) – According to Stephen Colbert, truthiness is a “truth” that “feels right,” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts. Conservatives seem to use truthiness to great effect portraying things not actually as they are, but rather as their dogmatic mindset would like them to be.
The local paper, in yesterday’s editorial entitled Council must come clean with voters, uses several examples of this Orwellian phenomena.
A, “… 2016 tax freeze has massive support.” How massive is massive? Is the editorial automatically making the assumption that the citizens of Windsor cannot see past their wallets?
The, “… Conservative approach has worked so well for Windsor over the past decade.” Windsor has on-going 10% unemployment, ill planned over budget mega projects, and a looming road levy.
“Every spending issue being considered separately, is the way to endless tax increases.” If you look at things individually, instead of collectively, a different result will occur?
There is a, “… pro spending coalition of councillors.” Six councillors, who voted together one time, on one issue that would have eliminated real jobs, in favour of McJobs, are labelled a pro spending coalition.
It’s, “… well within council’s powers to hold the line on spending.” This is the same council that is throwing away money on an already over budget, and unneeded, new city hall while it spends over three hundred thousand on hiring a sports Czar instead of a money saving Auditor General.
The truly scary thing is that the local paper continues, mostly unchallenged, to spread this baseless propaganda.
Orwell said that if you repeat the same lie often enough, people will believe it. That’s what certain power brokers in this city are counting on.
Why shouldn’t they?
So far, it’s been working for them quite well.