Small government....except when you need it

Posted By: John Moore · 5/20/2014 4:14:00 PM

Tasha Kheiriddin is a friend which is why it was hard to sit down and write a rebuttal to a column published in today's National Post (you can read it here). Tasha writes about her special needs daughter who has autism and needs the best possible teachers to ensure she has a bright future. Tasha says that's why she can't vote for Tim Hudak; because he's going to cut the kind of support services she wants to be there for her daughter. 

Of course I'm with Tasaha on this; I want the best for her daughter and all people who need a leg up. But what I can't wrap my head around is that up until she had a special needs daughter, Tasha was a hard core, Ayn Rand inspired "government is the enemy" conservative who thought everyone should look after themselves. 

But that's been my experience; social conservatives change their minds about homosexuality when their kids come out. People with addiction in the family change their minds about locking drug addicts up. Parents with kids who need help suddenly see that we all have a collective role in lifting disadvantaged people to a new level. 

I guess I just wish they saw it that way before it was personal. 

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  1. GitaP posted on 05/21/2014 09:02 AM
    So very true. Why can there never be middle ground? And truly, how do some of these people not see, before it affects them personally, that one can be fiscally conservative, AND socially responsible/liberal? So glad you wrote this John, because it was bothering me yesterday. Not that she can't vote for Hudak, but that she was such a staunch supporter, until her child's needs were threatened. All the similarly affected families existed before hers, and she couldn't see it? There is something to be said for wanting to help the group, in order for society to succeed.
  2. Sonny posted on 05/21/2014 11:09 AM
    As the Conservatives need the pills, drugs and health care will they realize the need from the government in Health Care AND Education. Otherwise they should be left to do the outrage thing...
  3. Greg posted on 05/22/2014 06:46 AM
    I think, John, my definition of "Small Government" differs from yours. When I think of small government, I think of the elimination of redundancy and inefficiencies such as OPG, the new College of Trades as well as public workers who handle outdated and unnecessary files like Ontario Drive Clean. I'm a Conservative to be sure but that means, to me anyway, keeping the public sector in check, not to grow it needlessly in order to interfere with peoples lives or private business. How many workers are involved in making sure a bar, a PRIVATE business, doesn't allow smoking? I'm not talking the Board of Health. I mean just those who deal with that file. And it is because the most vulnerable among us need the help of government, that I want the deadwood cut out so there are resources available. How the hell do you look a kid like Maddie Vanstone in the eye and tell her there's no money for her life-saving medicine when there is so much waste in government?
  4. Hugh Rodgers posted on 05/22/2014 08:21 AM
    Mr Moore, in regards to the lady that was caught behind Rob Fords vehicle while allegedly intoxicated everyone is brushing it off as nothing to talk about. I would like to know if while on leave, if Mr Ford is still being paid by tax payers? We are told he's in rehab but don't know if he really is. Mr Moore, chances are you will not even look at this email, but, my question to you is this. If this was a regular Joe on welfare, having a substance abuse problem and welfare told him he has to get help. Would everyone accept regular Joe's word that he's going into rehab and he would still get his cheque without knowing where and how he would be getting this help ? I am still paying Rob Ford while he's still drinking and using drugs, and given his past, convince me Mr Moore that he isn't
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