I borrowed the first part of the title from a somewhat surprising post from Reason Magazine. The author says you can put a fork in Detroit (it’s done) because every mayor since the 1960s has stomped on small entrepreneurial businesses in favor of the big and the flashy. There has been a constant transfer of wealth from the little guys to the big ones, and it’s nearly killed the city. He makes a very good case, and the examples are both tragic and infuriating.
In case you wonder if these are just stories, Don Wilkie tells what happened to him.
“Until 1984, I was a business owner in the city, employing about 20. I moved my business 60 miles away. I didn’t want to leave, but I was, in effect, forced to.
“Government — federal, state, and local — made this happen. I know this from experience. Government corrupted the Detroit work force. That corruption drove away my company too.”
In short, leftist regulations intended to “protect” the worker from rapacious business-owners have made it impossible to run a business in the city. It’s not crime…..it’s not the lousy educational system….it’s not even the brutal tax regime.
“What really killed Detroit and what drove me away was the government deciding it knew how the market should operate better than the market did. The market operates on a simple concept, “An honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work.” If an employee doesn’t think he is being paid enough, he can leave. If an employer is unhappy with an employee’s performance he can fire him.”
And keep in mind: If you vote for an establishment Republican, because “the Tea Party candidate can’t win”, you’re part of the problem…..you’re voting to turn the entire U.S. into what we see in Detroit. Do NOT tell yourself that if we can just suck up to the “moderates”, or to the “uncommitted”, or to the “Hispanics”, or to some other constituency that will enable the GOP to win the Presidency, then we can turn it all around. The establishment GOP is not going to “turn it around”…they are part of the problem.
Tell yourself the truth — we are on a slippery slope to a Dependency State where more voters are taking than making. We have to turn it around NOW, or the chance will be gone.