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Toronto tax-and-spend politicians


James Bredin

Long ago when Toronto was a peaceful quiet tranquil place,
Before punk panhandlers were allowed to get in our face,
Before Trudeau’s international Charter for those Osama types,
Before every left-wing tax-and-spend politician could hype.

Refused to build a bridge to the island or subway to the Airport,
Want support for gridlock roads and their tax-and-spend cohorts,
Dead democracy at City Hall where politicians think it‘s great,
People believe what the TV says and no feed back or debate.

The tax-and-spend mayor wanted to raise taxes even more,
For his midnight-basket-ball programs so he could stay and score,
But some hardy politicians got together and voted it down,
By only one vote, no less, and the mayor certainly frowned.

The public had no input into these increase-tax discussions,
By the next election there might have been no repercussions,
So we need to praise these politicians, who refused to back down,
A rear commodity these days in what was one time, a great town.

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