The Future is Now
mentioned this before, or perhaps not.
If you want to see the future of America once liberals get done with it
you can look to the failed Soviet Union; to the imminent failure of Greece,
Italy, Spain, Portugal; to the dinosaurs-on-life-support Cuba, Venezuela, North
Korea, Bolivia … you probably cannot, though, look to communist China because –
say what you will about myopic socialists, the Chinese have always looked ten generations ahead –
they saw for themselves the slow toilet swirl their Soviet pals took and the
Chinese caught capitalism faster than a street walker catches clap.
But if none
of those examples appeal to you as being too distant and removed in time, location
or the foreign inability to pull off American Exceptionalism, then you might
look instead to Detroit.
filed for bankruptcy. …like no one saw that coming.
And when I
say “no one”, I’m talking specifically about liberals. Detroit has been, for two generations, the poster-child
of liberal sensibility.
two main industries: autos and Motown. Both
rely on union labor – the United Auto Workers, and the American Federation of Musicians. While it is perfectly reasonable, though, for
the UAW to denounce Henry Ford the 7th as a sweat-shopper, which session
musician is going to tell Smokey Robinson or the Jackson 5 that they’re keepin’
a brother down?
The result is
that one generation ago US auto makers started putting out Plymouth Valiants, Dodge
K-Cars, Chevy Citations, AMC Gremlins and Ford Pintos. Not coincidentally, Japan supplanted the US
as the maker of the world’s best cars that same day. Americans were so bitter over Japanese cars,
and so desperate to buy a vehicle that wasn’t a US piece-o-crap, that they
bought – get this – a Yugoslavian piece-o-crap
rusted on the fly, if anything, faster than the Chevy Monza did. You could actually watch the corrosion work
its way out from a dent caused by a morning hailstorm. With the Monza, it might take a week to see
the rust bubble; with the Yugo, it popped up by lunch.
course, with union labor comes union pensions.
And early retirements. And
several other factors that Greece is suddenly discovering they can’t afford –
even if Germany picks up the tab. And
the pensions that the UAW dopes thought they were so clever to secure for
themselves out of the endless coffers of The Big Three’s vaults – they’ve
largely gone away. Chrysler went
bankrupt, Ford restructured at least once, and GM went bankrupt and folded two
of its brands – Saturn and Oldsmobile – in response to our most recent “economic
with Detroit’s tax rates – and Michigan’s in general – designed to compel the
wealthy to pay their Fair Share®,
Detroit saw its manufacturing base move out of state. Detroit has long had the highest property tax
rates of any of America’s 50 largest cities.
Yes, Ford, Chrysler and GM still have a presence in the Detroit area as
well as Detroit itself, but they’re a shadow of their former selves.
For what it’s
worth, Berry Gordy moved his Motown to L.A. in the early 70s. Even California had a better business climate
than Detroit, even now. Of today’s top
ten employers in Detroit Michigan, the first eight are one form of government employer
or another [or heavily subsidized by the government – like healthcare and
health insurance]. It’s not until you
get to 9 and 10 on the list that you see a private employer: GM and Chrysler,
respectively; Ford doesn’t even appear in the top 20, although three casinos do.
major private employers pulling out to the suburbs – or to Tennessee – and taking
their tax debts with them, the city of Detroit found itself learning what so
many liberals refuse to: small businesses thrive in the presence of big
business. This is due to a few
factors. The first being the classic
economist’s explanation: a large portion of what small businesses do is done
for big business; big business is the small business’s biggest customer. Without the big business there, there’s no big
customer, and the small customers aren’t enough for the small business to earn
a profit … they fold.
reason is the one that I may have mentioned before in response to the Occupy Wallstreet socialist idiocy: when
you kill off the top 1%, there’s always, always, always going to be another 1%
on the top of the economic heap. When you remove the outer layer of the onion,
there’s still a layer of the onion on the outside. When you cut off the top rung of the ladder,
there’s still a top rung. Removing the
top layer by layer is fine as long as other people are at the top. But as the French found out during their
Reign of Terror, eventually you will be at the top – and thus removed.
rich through government policy because they’re rich only succeeds in driving
the rich to move to other … cities,
other … states, other … countries. Where the rich go, so go the jobs – check out
Detroit. The people who are left can’t
afford the taxes – they don’t have jobs to earn the money – and those taxes not
collected pay for all the stuff that the government has taken upon itself to do
for them. As a result, it doesn’t get
done. It’s not the rich who suffer; they’re
living elsewhere under a different government, and living quite well, usually. The ones who suffer are the poor because they
can’t afford to move.
delinquency in Detroit currently exceeds 50%; whole city blocks are abandoned
and in ruins. Fire and police protection
is a joke, crime rates have skyrocketed and a small fire is as likely to burn
down a whole block as be put out. It’s a
good thing the Detroit Tigers lost the World Series last year: the city would
have been completely torched out of celebration.
had their own version of a liberal savior to rescue them from themselves: Kwame
Kilpatrick. The City Savior attempted to
fix Detroit’s problems in much the same way our National Savior is doing it for
the rest of us; Kilpatrick will be sentenced for it later this year, and it is
likely to be a lengthy stint. He’s
already been in state prison on lesser savioring. Because the fact of the matter is, liberal fiscal
politics doesn’t work without cooking the books – what federal prosecutors call
extortion and fraud. And then it
typically requires payola and deceit to cover it up – what the same federal
prosecutors call bribery and obstruction of justice.
Mayor of Detroit doesn’t have the same level of plausible deniability that a US President has, and Kilpatrick got
caught playing Obama just as Obama was being elected to play himself. And Obama has minions to fall on their swords
for him, people like Shyster General Eric Holder, Indoctrination Secretary Arne
Duncan, Poverty Perpetuation Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Disemployment
Secretary Hilda Solis, and a few others, all tied into a happy knot by Head
Book Cooker Timmy “The Great” Geithner.
always, what happens when you go bankrupt is:
1] someone pays your bills for you, or
2] your creditors take a huge loss, or
3] your creditors break your kneecaps.
goes bankrupt, it falls under US bankruptcy law, which obliges creditors –
after all the court hearings – to take a financial bath. In the meantime, though, the rich abandon
ship taking their money [and jobs] with them, and there’s no more police or
fire protection, essential services – like filling potholes and replacing street
lights – end in all neighborhoods,
not just the poor sections, and the city gets parceled out to local gangs and
to opportunists from other cities. But
that’s only until the courts sort it out.
government has gotten into the sad habit of paying the bills of bankrupt
entities, so Detroit may get their bailout.
Greece has Germany; Detroit may have D.C.
It’s happened before. The
opportunity to happen again isn’t even limited to Detroit; following close on
these heels is any number of American cities – nearly all having a
multi-generational history of liberal fiscal lunacy having guided them – and quite
a few states, themselves historically liberal, such as Illinois, California,
Michigan, New Jersey [etc].
have to remind anyone that the US government is very rapidly going broke itself
due to liberal Democrat [and pseudo-conservative liberal Republican] profligacy,
and if the US government goes bankrupt, police and fire protection [in the form
of military defense] will evaporate; essential services will die; and US
territory will get divvied up by local gangs [called warlords in geopolitics]
or by foreign opportunists – often called “terrorists”.
Only the US
going bankrupt would not be a matter for US bankruptcy law to handle. It would be handled, instead, in the
traditional way: the bankrupt nation selling off its territory for the cash
needed to pay its bills, or foreign creditors breaking kneecaps and
repossessing territory by conquest. Or the
nation simply degenerates into barbarism.
icing on this let them eat liberal cake
is that Detroit has just petitioned the US government for a waiver from having
to comply with its obligation to join the Obamacare Borg. It seems that the city of Detroit, having
more than 50 employees, is required to provide those employees – all AFSCME
union members, as if it needs to be said – their health coverage. Only this health coverage, under Obamacare,
is grossly more expensive than it was before.
comes as a shock to the 40% numbskulls in our country who believed the
hucksters who sold them on Obamacare back in 2010; it is double-grossly more
expensive than they were promised it would be.
The cost was supposed to come down,
after all. It is The Affordable Care Act. Remember?
Employers who don’t want to pay for it are simply racist, because the cost of insurance goes down when more people join the premium pool.
I do. I also remember saying several times that it
doesn’t work the way idiot liberals were told it does … by the politicians who
desperately needed to buy their votes … because they couldn’t win
finding out that I was right. Again.
So if Greek
and Soviet foolishness won’t convince the liberals what their liberal folly
will bring, then they should take a drive to the Motor City and see for
themselves. Tomorrowland has never been so