‘Free’ programs are paid for with higher taxes and higher debt, both of which will keep getting worse if Kathleen Wynne remains in power.
A new survey from Forum Research shows a mixed reaction to Kathleen Wynne’s ‘promise everything under the sun’ budget.
The top-line horserace numbers have narrowed, with the PCs leading at 36%, the Liberals at 29%, and the NDP at 26%. That is a change from the first Forum poll conducted after Doug Ford’s leadership victory, where the PCs had 44%, the NDP 27%, and the Liberals 23%.
That shows the flurry of big announcements as part of the Ontario budget may have boosted the Liberals numbers. A temporary boost after a huge-spending budget that gets lots of media attention is to be expected.
However, the poll also showed that just 24% approve of the budget, while 44% say they disapprove. 32% neither approve nor disapprove.
45% say the budget makes them less likely to vote Liberal, while just 18% say it’s more likely to make them vote Liberal. Additionally, 38% say the budget will be bad for the economy, compared to 22% who say it will be good for the economy.
And in numbers that provide a clear path for the Doug Ford PCs to succeed, 56% say they prefer a balanced budget, compared to 44% who say they want more government spending.
That last number will be important for the PCs, as they must share the message that nothing is really free.
After all, some of the ‘free’ policies being proposed by Wynne are popular when considered apart from the overall budget situation, with 74% supporting ‘reducing overcrowding at hospitals,’ and 68% saying they support ‘improving home care,’ among the most popular parts of the budget.
Of course, support for those ideas is to be expected, since everybody wants the healthcare and homecare systems improved in some way or another. Yet, there is not an unlimited amount of money, so promising to ‘fix’ something and actually allocating resources to fix it are another thing.
Nothing is free, and every dollar the Liberals promise is money taken out of the pockets of taxpayers, and out of the pockets of future generations through massive debt increases. Ontario already has the largest sub-sovereign debt on earth, with roughly $1 BILLION spent every month on debt servicing costs. That money is the cost of all the previous ‘free’ programs that were financed through budget deficits, and is money that can’t be spent on healthcare, homecare, infrastructure, and everything else.
It will be essential for the PCs to make this point in the campaign, and make clear that Wynne is trying to bribe people with their own money to stay in power, even though she knows it is having a destructive impact on the province and the future of every Ontarian.
Nothing in life is free, especially when it’s promised by a desperate politician.
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