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And I'd wager most every person in Arkansas and Mississippi, Democrat OR Republican, is damned glad they're not in Detroit.
The belief that Detroit is "some sort of Democrat Party utopia" is NOT bizarre. It is FACT. Detroit IS Democrat, ALL THE WAY. Although the word utopia must be used VERY losely. Detroit has been FIRMLY in the hands of people espousing Ken Collins' ideals for 50 years.
Where Detroit municipal gvoernment failed was in refusing to even acknowledge revenue loss, much less PREDICT it. Further, refusing to curb government entitlement spending based on those easily predictable losses, and creating and sustaining an economic environment that, in cooperation with unions like UAW, was hostile to any replacement industry.
Furthemmore, it continued expanding it's bureaucracy and adding to municipal employees numbers and sweetening their pension deals.
Like many Americans today, Detroit entitlement voters thought they could plug an infinite number of ticks onto the dog with impunity. "More anything? More EVERYTHING!!" They found out differently, didn't they?
Make no mistake, it was Democrats and unions that led the way to todays Detroit.
Corruption also played a large part. One of the city's recent Democrat mayors (Killpatrick I believe) was convicted of corruption in a case which cost Detroit taxpayers over $9mil. But, like the Ken Collins' of elsewhere, the people of Detroit STILL did not learn their lesson and hired yet another Democrat mayor.
AS far as Silicone Valley is concerned, the industry which drives that region is much newer and has grown much larger. And how much power does the union have at Google, Apple, Oracle and so on??? The ticks don't usually show up till the dog gets good and fat, but just give it time.
There is a "magical" place where everything Ken wants has been happening under complete Democrat party control for 50 years. It's called Detroit... and it's bankrupt.
Before Democrats took over Detroit it was home to the highest paid workforce in the world. But the Democrat dream of de-industrialization and socialization "fixed" all that!
78,000 blighted buildings; some of which have 30+ year-old trees growing in the middle of them.
It has 30,000+ non-functioning streetlights.
The police department recieves 700,000 calls /yr and averages a response time of almostr an hour. I'm sure that's utopia for those who, like Ken don't have or want any guns.
When and IF the cops DO come and investigate a crime they close less than 8.8% of it's cases.
It's violent crime rate is 5 times the nat. average.
Emergency medical and fire response times are more than DOUBLE the average for similar sized cities.
Two thirds of it's parks are closed (I can just imagine how that would go over here in Steamboat).
It's city-owned power plant has been idle for at least 2 years.
A judge just agreed to allow the city to reneg on it's pensions fund (I'm laughing my A** of at that one)
Detroit is Ken Collins' canary in his Democrat utopian coal mine. So, keep champoining the ideals espoused in your letter, Ken. I'm sure your nation will soon realize the same fate.
I wonder why anyone who believes in this kind of hope and change isn't persaonally living in the utopian cities such policies create.
Joe Meglen is, of course, exactly right.
Or maybe just stop being stoned 24-7??
I wonder which power source results in more bird deaths per megawatt- wind or oil or coal?
Regarding the "new rules": Why not the same treatment for the Keystone Pipeline? Build it and THEN require a study about it's impacts?
Double Standards on green energy vs fossil fuels abound.
Come to think of it... Wasn't it the religious environmentalists that insisted on banning DDT because it was killing eagles? The inability to use DDT causes untolled human deaths to this day, but we are told that it's worth it to save the eagles.
Didn't environmentalists insist on scrubbers on coal-fired power plants because acid rain was harming eagle eggs?WE put those scrubbers on because it was important to protect this species, no?
Why are they not up in arms about the destructive nature of windmills? Why are we not shutting them all down untill we can run them without killing innocent creatures???
I guess 100 bald eagles/yr/state isn't a problem if you're spinning windmills for your religion.
No mention of the Bald Eagles and other species that are being killed in mid-air by windmills. Don't we need to do something about those destructive windmills??
If they were being killed by oil rigs though...
"I am hoping that locals whom believe they have an ownership in that parcel are not allowed to discourage real investors from moving forward."
Hope all you want. The culture in this town says otherwise.
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