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Does Detroit Deserve Another Bailout?

It’s not really a secret that Detroit isn’t doing well.

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Does Detroit Deserve Another Bailout?

It’s not really a secret that Detroit isn’t doing well.

01/28/2014
Social Security Parallels Detroit's Pension Heist

Democracy and Power 103: Government MoneyIn general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. —Voltaire (1764)Politicians transfer money from productive people to favored special interest groups.

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Social Security Parallels Detroit's Pension Heist

Democracy and Power 103: Government MoneyIn general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. —Voltaire (1764)Politicians transfer money from productive people to favored special interest groups.

10/04/2013
Detroit Needs Responsible Government, Not a Bailout

I attend Hillsdale College in southern Michigan. It’s a pleasant place, the people are friendly, the landscape of the college is beautiful, and the academic rigor is intellectually stimulating. Some of the things that I’ve learned since becoming a temporary Michigander are that  the weather is utterly and truly unpredictable, that Ohio State fans are worst people on earth (their words, not mine), and that native Michiganders insist that “soda” is something you bake with and “pop” is the thing you drink. (They’re wrong.) 

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Detroit Needs Responsible Government, Not a Bailout

I attend Hillsdale College in southern Michigan. It’s a pleasant place, the people are friendly, the landscape of the college is beautiful, and the academic rigor is intellectually stimulating. Some of the things that I’ve learned since becoming a temporary Michigander are that  the weather is utterly and truly unpredictable, that Ohio State fans are worst people on earth (their words, not mine), and that native Michiganders insist that “soda” is something you bake with and “pop” is the thing you drink. (They’re wrong.) 

10/01/2013
The Summer's Best Fiction: Progressives' Detroit Post Mortem

The kiddies are going back to school all over this great land but it is still officially summertime on the calendar. If you haven't gotten as much beach reading done as you would have liked to, I've got some works of extraordinary fiction for you to peruse, but only if you're a big fan of the fantasy genre. 

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The Summer's Best Fiction: Progressives' Detroit Post Mortem

The kiddies are going back to school all over this great land but it is still officially summertime on the calendar. If you haven't gotten as much beach reading done as you would have liked to, I've got some works of extraordinary fiction for you to peruse, but only if you're a big fan of the fantasy genre. 

08/13/2013
Bankrupt Detroit Seeks Not to Pay Promised Retirement and Medical Benefits

Democracy and Power 114: The Power PlayersWho actually controls the force of government?  Politicians and interest groups control the American political process. Special-interest groups – i.e. big business,  big unions, education, seniors, etc. - seek favors, such as tax breaks, subsidies, exclusive legislation, and more. Interest groups give enormous amounts of money to political campaigns and receive gigantic benefits in return.

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Bankrupt Detroit Seeks Not to Pay Promised Retirement and Medical Benefits

Democracy and Power 114: The Power PlayersWho actually controls the force of government?  Politicians and interest groups control the American political process. Special-interest groups – i.e. big business,  big unions, education, seniors, etc. - seek favors, such as tax breaks, subsidies, exclusive legislation, and more. Interest groups give enormous amounts of money to political campaigns and receive gigantic benefits in return.

08/03/2013
Detroit & Stockton Bankruptcies Expose Democracy's Great Flaw – Short-Term Politics Trumps Long Term Planning

Democracy and Power 106: A Politician Receives No Reward for Good Policy or Penalty for Bad PolicyIt is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. —Thomas SowellIn a democracy, a politician has no ownership-interest in the state. There is no financial gain for wise, policy decisions, nor  is there financial loss for bad decisions.

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Detroit & Stockton Bankruptcies Expose Democracy's Great Flaw – Short-Term Politics Trumps Long Term Planning

Democracy and Power 106: A Politician Receives No Reward for Good Policy or Penalty for Bad PolicyIt is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. —Thomas SowellIn a democracy, a politician has no ownership-interest in the state. There is no financial gain for wise, policy decisions, nor  is there financial loss for bad decisions.

07/28/2013
Motor City Blues Part I: The Myth of Union Detroit

In recent weeks the once proud city of Detroit has been subject to a barrage of embarrassing media reports. The state takeover of the city’s finances and Kwame “The Hip-Hop Mayor” Kilpatrick’s prison sentence have played out on the national stage, bringing bad PR to a city desperately trying to improve its brand. In reality the city has been embarrassing itself for quite some time. This three part blog series seeks to lay out the history behind the epic failure that is Detroit.

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Motor City Blues Part I: The Myth of Union Detroit

In recent weeks the once proud city of Detroit has been subject to a barrage of embarrassing media reports. The state takeover of the city’s finances and Kwame “The Hip-Hop Mayor” Kilpatrick’s prison sentence have played out on the national stage, bringing bad PR to a city desperately trying to improve its brand. In reality the city has been embarrassing itself for quite some time. This three part blog series seeks to lay out the history behind the epic failure that is Detroit.

04/26/2013
A Big Government Is a Bankrupt Government

The city was founded in the midst of the California Gold Rush. So when the early-2000s real estate boom hit Stockton, they thought history was repeating. In just seven years, property values tripled, tax revenue spiked and the city's leaders had dollar signs in their eyes.

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A Big Government Is a Bankrupt Government

The city was founded in the midst of the California Gold Rush. So when the early-2000s real estate boom hit Stockton, they thought history was repeating. In just seven years, property values tripled, tax revenue spiked and the city's leaders had dollar signs in their eyes.

04/05/2013
In the War on Cars, the Left is Winning

Detroit serves as a cautionary tale warning of long-term liberal leadership. As Michigan’s governor prepares a state takeover of the terminally troubled city, many blame the short-sighted policies of the local Democratic machine. To be sure, runaway pensions, red ink and union obstinance have helped hollow out the once-mighty Motor City.

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In the War on Cars, the Left is Winning

Detroit serves as a cautionary tale warning of long-term liberal leadership. As Michigan’s governor prepares a state takeover of the terminally troubled city, many blame the short-sighted policies of the local Democratic machine. To be sure, runaway pensions, red ink and union obstinance have helped hollow out the once-mighty Motor City.

03/04/2013