In the September issue of VANITY FAIR, Todd S. Purdom wonders if private-sector business people – such as MITT ROMNEY – make good American presidents. He writes “history shows the opposite – private-sector successes flop in office.”
TORONTONIANS, stuck with an out-of-his-depth, bully mayor, who also happens to be a millionaire business “tycoon”, might wonder if the same basic rules apply here. Todd Turdom in Vanity Fair: “Conquering adversity could be said to be the essential job description of the presidency. Each day brings some fresh hell, some new requirement for multi-tasking or grace under pressure, and the perpetual challenge is . . . to keep all the balls in the air without losing your own”.
“It may well be, as the Romneys of the world like to say, that most politicians have ‘never met a payroll’, but most businesspeople have never dealt with the wily, needy, fickle types who populate a typical legislature, either.”
It doesn’t take much imagination to apply those exact words to the municipal nightmare we have going for us in TORONTO.
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RICHARD FLORIDA, author of “The Rise of the Creative Class” and its updated edition “The Rise of the Creative Class, Updated”, is a renowned academic and urban guru. He makes his home here in TORONTO where he’s a staff member at the ROTMAN SCHOOL, University of Toronto. Lately, he’s been looking with displeasure at what’s befallen his adopted city – notably the election of ROB FORD as mayor.
Speaking to columnist Courtney Shea in The Grid, July 26, RICHARD FLORIDA has this to say: “(In 2014) I would like to see a younger person (elected as mayor) and someone who is not a usual suspect. Somebody who looks and acts like (CBC radio host) JIAN GHOMESHI.”