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Archive for 20 March 2012
Let it fail
by Judson Phillips
If you want to see the poster child for the failure of American liberalism, look no further than Detroit.
Motor city was once a hub of the American economy. It was a poster child for American economic dominance. Today, it is a ghost town. In the last decade, a quarter of the population has left. Parts of the city are simply uninhabited. Wild life is moving back into quarters of the city where people have fled. One of the hottest tickets in Detroit, perhaps the only hot ticket, is something called Urban Exploring. This is where intrepid souls venture into the wreckage that used to be Detroit in its heyday. These buildings they go into include the old train station, old schools and hospitals.
The Democrat Mayor of what is left of Detroit and the Republican Governor of Michigan are currently in a fight. Detroit has an economy that makes the Greek economy look like it was run by Dave Ramsey.
Mayor Dave Bing does not want the State to take over Detroit. The Republican Governor of Michigan Rich Snyder wants to do that because Detroit has been so badly managed.
Since the 1960’s Detroit has had its hand out for every Federal Government handout that has come down the pike. The result has been the total destruction of what was once one of the most prosperous cities in America.
By fighting the Governor on the take over, Mayor Bing wants to perpetuate the failure that has been Detroit for the last fifty years. Detroit has not had a Republican Mayor in 51 years. One Democrat after another has raided the city coffers and bankrupted the city.
Unfortunately, Governor Snyder wants to perpetuate failure too.
It is time to admit the truth.
Detroit is dead. Let’s pull the plug on Detroit and let it die.
Michigan needs to revoke the charter for the City of Detroit and let it pass into history, with other dead cities, like Pompeii. Similar to Pompeii, Detroit has been buried by an avalanche of progressive volcanic ash.
As Detroit dies, we need to be warned that it is but the canary in the mineshaft.
Every city has the same problems Detroit has. Perhaps not to the same degree but every city does.
Every major city relies of federal grants and other tax dollar bailouts to keep the city afloat. Liberal Democrats, who keep promising greater benefits to the core constituencies that keep them in power, run every one of these major American cities.
Many cities have already driven away a significant portion of their tax base by constantly increasing the taxes the city imposes.
One of the ways we can cut Federal Spending is by cutting these block grants and other transfers to the cities. Cities need to be able to run on their own tax revenues and not have bailouts from the government.
The problem with bailouts is that they never work. All they do is mask the problem and allow the politicians who caused the problems to escape the responsibility of fixing them.
It is time we the people started saying no to the incompetent city hall politicians who believe the city treasury exists only to serve their reelection needs. It is time we stop feeding failure.
Let Detroit die.
Something will replace it. Something better. Something that will work and will not cost the taxpayers millions or even billions of dollars.
Let Detroit stand as a warning for everything that is wrong with liberalism.
Let Detroit’s epitaph be, “Created by the free market. Destroyed by liberals.”
Get on the Path to a Balanced Budget
Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, will release his budget blueprint today in what will surely be one of the most important policy developments in Washington this year. If as expected Senate Democrats fail yet again to advance a budget for the government, then the Ryan Budget and the President’s Budget released a few weeks ago will present the leading alternatives for how the federal government would dig out of its present fiscal mess. And if the Ryan budget is anything like last year’s effort, the differences couldn’t be clearer. The Heritage Foundation is reviewing Congressman Ryan’s latest budget proposal and will provide analysis in the hours and days ahead.
President Obama, of course, has talked a good game about fiscal discipline. He’s had his commissions. He’s made his big speeches. But according to his latest offering as scored by the Congressional Budget Office, the outrageous budget deficit of $1.3 trillion this year dips to a still-amazing $488 billion in a few years despite his enormous proposed tax hikes, and then begins to soar anew as the decade proceeds.