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Detroit: The Triumph of Progressive Public Policy How did this great city fall so far?

LAAD Gunner - USMC 2012/02/21 02:06:17
Detroit: The Triumph of Progressive Public Policy

How did this great city fall so far?


By Jarrett Skorup | Feb. 14, 2012


(Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article that originally appeared on July 6, 2009.)


Imagine a city where all the major economic planks of the statist or "progressive" platform have been enacted:


  • A "living wage" ordinance, far above the federal minimum wage, for all public employees and private contractors.
  • A school system that spends significantly more per pupil than the national average.
  • A powerful school employee union that militantly defends the exceptional pay, benefits and job security it has won for its members.
  • Other government employee unions that do the same for their members.
  • A tax system that aggressively redistributes income from businesses and the wealthy to the poor and to government bureaucracies.

Would this be a shining city on a hill, exciting the admiration of
all? We don't have to guess, because there is such a city right here in
our state: Detroit


Detroit has been dubbed "the most liberal city in America" and each of these "progressive" policies is alive and well there. How have they worked out?


In 1950, Detroit was the wealthiest city in America
on a per capita income basis. Today, the Census Bureau reports that it
is the nation's 2nd poorest major city, just "edging out" Cleveland.


Could it be pure coincidence that the decline occurred over the same
period in which union power, the city government bureaucracy, taxes and
business regulations all multiplied? While correlation is not causation,
it is striking that the decline in per capita income is exactly what
classical economists predict would occur when wage controls are imposed
and taxes are increased.



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  • Striker 2012/02/22 20:23:08
    Striker
    +1
    A good example of what happens when union wages are not competitive and run their employers out America.
  • princess 2012/02/21 11:09:37
    princess
    +2
    This is simply another example of how anything Democrat controlled ALWAYS results in dismal FAILURE & DESTRUCTION.
  • LAAD Gu... princess 2012/02/22 06:53:11
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +1
    got that right
  • John Galt jr or Ron/jon 2012/02/21 05:26:24
    John Galt jr or Ron/jon
    +1
    one imported car at a time...
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/02/21 05:10:01
  • rustyshackelford 2012/02/21 04:42:07
  • LAAD Gu... rustysh... 2012/02/21 04:55:41
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +1
    EXACTLY!!!!
  • THE ONE 2012/02/21 03:42:04
    THE ONE
    +1
    GREAT POST....RECENTLY I DID A POLL ASKING WHAT IS MORE DESTRUCTIVE....THE ATOMIC BOMB IR UNIONS AND THE DEMOCRATS.

    I USED DETROIT AND HEROISM TO MAKE MY POINT ....CHECK IT OUT.
  • LAAD Gu... THE ONE 2012/02/21 03:47:00
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    Thanks ONE
  • THE ONE LAAD Gu... 2012/02/21 03:57:13
    THE ONE
    +1
    CHECK OUT MINE....YOU ARE WELCOME TO COPY AND PASTE ANYTHING AND USE IT HERE.
  • Matt 2012/02/21 03:15:13
    Matt
    Detroit used to be the murder capital of the world. Thanks to our governments domestic, foreign, and drug policies, we have moved that equation south.

    Detroit was already on the downslide when our treasonous politicians passed several "free trade" agreements. Dependents upon local charity and generosity are now in the Federal domain.
  • Bozette 2012/02/21 02:29:35
    Bozette
    +2
    det
    detr

    Redistribution of wealth, guaranteed pay and benefit levels, perks for government officials, union rules...it all comes crashing down one day...and so it did.
  • Mindlesspartyhack 2012/02/21 02:17:10
    Mindlesspartyhack
    +2
    I can give you a name.
    Coleman Young.
  • LAAD Gu... Mindles... 2012/02/21 02:20:39
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +2
    Ain't THAT the truth!
  • Mindles... LAAD Gu... 2012/02/21 02:24:17
    Mindlesspartyhack
    +2
    I was born and raised there.
    I know of what I speak.
  • LAAD Gu... Mindles... 2012/02/21 02:27:39
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +2
    Detroit was murdered.
  • Mindles... LAAD Gu... 2012/02/21 02:33:39
    Mindlesspartyhack
    +1
    Yes. I was one of the millions of witnesses.
  • LAAD Gu... Mindles... 2012/02/21 02:39:06
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +1
    I think I should also add that it was in cold blood
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/02/21 02:13:08
    jackolantyrn356
    +2
    gOOD pROGRESSIVE pUBLIC pOL;ICY. yOU SEE cOMMUNISTS AND pROGRESSIVES HAVE NO OVER SIGHT. !ST THE STEEL AND THEN THEY GO FOR THE WHOLRE BALL OF WAX
  • Razoreye001 2012/02/21 02:11:23
    Razoreye001
    No it is a triumph for unregulated capitalism.
  • LAAD Gu... Razorey... 2012/02/21 02:18:54
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +4
    That's funny since unregulated capitalism hasn't been seen in that city for decades. Did you even read the article?
  • Razorey... LAAD Gu... 2012/02/21 02:44:36
    Razoreye001
    Oh, I read the article. What really happened was those factories didn't want to pay people a living wage or acknowledge human rights so they moved to where they can get access to slave labor.
  • LAAD Gu... Razorey... 2012/02/21 02:47:37
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +2
    Huh, that's funny since Detroit was thriving 50 years ago, yet has died since liberal policies have been put in place.
  • Razorey... LAAD Gu... 2012/02/21 03:54:36 (edited)
    Razoreye001
    50 years ago we didn't have the same amount of rights to protect workers today. Those policies work if you put a high tariff in place or embargo countries that don't have slave labor.
  • LAAD Gu... Razorey... 2012/02/21 04:15:48
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +1
    I have an idea, why don't we just let capitalism work its course and get government the hell out of the way.
  • Razorey... LAAD Gu... 2012/02/21 05:48:25 (edited)
    Razoreye001
    Sure I guess we could do that if you don't have a contentious that tells you the following pictures are not bad.
    guess contentious pictures
    http://t2.gstatic.com/images?...
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    There's your capitalism for you, do you want your children working their?
  • LAAD Gu... Razorey... 2012/02/21 05:58:31
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    Seeing as that's not happening in America, I don't see your point
  • Razorey... LAAD Gu... 2012/02/21 13:06:47
    Razoreye001
    If we cut our welfare programs these things will be common place in america too.
  • LAAD Gu... Razorey... 2012/02/22 06:57:05
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +1
    Oh Jesus, give me a break. That would not happen. And I'd rather have no welfare programs than the ones we have now, the one's now are a joke, they're so full of fraud and cheats it's sickening. Welfare programs only encourage people to take advantage of the system instead of work hard. Welfare programs make the people who actually work hard to make a living look like suckers.
  • Razorey... LAAD Gu... 2012/02/22 18:19:09
    Razoreye001
    you know not everyone who applies to welfare gets it right? What you advocate is tyranny of the rich and slavery for the poor. You have no heart and what you see in those pictures will be reality in america if you have your way.
  • LAAD Gu... Razorey... 2012/02/23 07:05:15
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    You don't have the slightest idea of how capitalism and competition work. You are ridiculously naive. Do I know that not everyone who applies to welfare gets it? Do YOU know that half the damn people who HAVE it are abusing it!!! Entitlement and social programs as well as welfare only encourage mediocrity. If capitalism was allowed to run it's course our country would be in a hell of a lot better shape.
  • Razorey... LAAD Gu... 2012/02/23 16:40:01
    Razoreye001
    you stereotype those in need of these social programs, look at florida when they did their drug testing only two percent got kicked off the program. A mixed economy is superior to a radical capitalist one because human rights are not taken into consideration by corporations employees are just pawns the corporation uses on a huge chess board against their competition.
  • LAAD Gu... Razorey... 2012/02/23 23:41:38
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    Who EVER said human rights aren't part of capitalism? What, so unregulated capitalism can't observe human rights? That is a ridiculous notion. The fact you think that just shows how naive you are. Capitalism isn't slave work, people aren't forced to work as slaves. If the working conditions are terrible, people won't work for that business and the business won't succeed. The businesses that succeed are the ones who treat their employees the best and make the best products or deliver the best service. If a businesses doesn't do those things right they won't succeed.
  • Razorey... LAAD Gu... 2012/02/24 00:45:04
    Razoreye001
    not necessarily, if human rights is engrained in capitalism then why did unions form to protect the rights of workers. Every company by default wants to maximise profits even by sacrificing employees to do so. Thats the nature of capitalism, this results in the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. It's just like what happened in the Republic of Venice the rich became nobility and their employees became serfs.

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