Monday, July 29

The push is on to blame Detroit's troubles on...Republican policies???

If you follow current events you probably know that a week or so ago Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Just 20 minutes after that filing judge Rosemarie Aquilina declared that the bankruptcy filing violated a provision of Michigan's constitution.  She opined that the filing "disrespected the president" and would cause hardship to city employees, and thus she would not allow it to proceed.

But that's just an amusing aside.  Here's the story now:  Because Detroit has completely, utterly collapsed as a functional city, the liberal media is working overtime to find a way to avoid blaming this collapse on liberal policies.  Indeed, the Lying Media are determined to convince us that liberal policies had no role whatsoever in causing this disaster.

Instead the media are blaming...Republican policies.  Like de-regulation.  The elimination of protective tariffs.  Whites who left a corrupt, crime-infested city for the safety of the suburbs.  And...well, anything and everything except liberal policies.

Think I'm being facetious?  Here's some wacko-leftist at MSNBC, Ed Schultz:
Michigan used to be a symbol of industrial strength in manufacturing in this country. But thanks to a lot of Republican policies the city is now filing for bankruptcy.
Now, it’s the largest public sector bankruptcy in U.S. history, and the consequences could be devastating if you care about people.  Roughly 30,000 retired workers are concerned about their pensions.  Make no mistake, Detroit is exactly what the Republicans want.
Hard to believe anyone can be this dishonest.  And amazingly, I'm told that MSNBC actually gives this idiot his own television show.

Strap in, troops, cuz the Dems and their lyin' media allies are just gettin' started.
 
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman suggests that “for the most part the city was just an innocent victim of market forces.”  Yep.  So according to Krugman, Detroit's problems had little to do with Democrat politicians spending too much, stealing too much, and giving too much to unionized city workers who naturally ensured their re-election year after year after year.  Just "an innocent victim of market forces.”

Exactly which "market forces" Krugman has in mind he cleverly doesn't name.  Classic liberal argument style in that regard, eh?  Cuz, y'know, a typical low-information voter could well conclude that what Krug meant was that competition from overseas had made it impossible to build cars at a profit in the U.S.

This will certainly come as a surprise to Honda, BMW and other makers who do, in fact, build cars here--profitably, and with American workers. 

Now, there's no doubt that financial downturns are hard on all cities and regions that experience them.  The key difference is that when that happens (and eventually it comes to all) conservative governments do just what responsible individuals do: cut spending, even if it means not going out to eat, and eating mac-and-cheese instead of more costly fare.  You cut cable TV and going to bars.

Liberals, on the other hand, ignore reality and keep spending like there's no problem.  A typical trick is for the government entity to refuse to pass a budget.  Cuz if they don't pass a budget, obviously no one can criticize the pols for spending more than the budget's carefully-planned and agreed limits.

So it is that even as Detroit tries to declare bankruptcy, it's announced that it will build a $400 million hockey arena.

This is rationalized as a job-creator--much like Obama's infamous $800 Billion "stimulus" bill, which was supposed to create millions of jobs, but of course didn't.

But hey, to Democratic pols, when you've spent a city or country into bankruptcy and driven away most of the tax base, spending $400 million to build a hocky rink makes perfect sense.  Stimulus!  Keynesian economics!  Borrow more and spend more!  Then retire somewhere else and make someone else figure out how to solve the mess.

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