A Musical Moment In Time: John Lee Hooker – The Motor City Is Burning (1967)

Detroit 1967
Detroit 1967

This week I talked to a guy in Washington DC about the riots that tore through Washington after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.  He told me of watching the fires spread through the city as a little boy. Right up to the Capitol. He recalled the chaos and then he swept his hand at the smart looking office buildings that surrounded us. “But we’ve come a long way since that time.” And he didn’t mean just that the neighborhood was now pretty,

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Half of Detroit’s 8 mayoral candidates are felons

Why wait for them to become felons AFTER they take office when one can just vote the felons right in to begin with? Detroit doesn’t seem even now to be heading in the right direction. And man, what happens when the next recession hits? I’d say that things were going to turn ugly, but that doesn’t even make sense anymore. Detroit is a decaying memorial to big government thinking.

On the other hand, people can change and if one has served his or her time,

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More implosion in Detroit: City closes 94 schools due to teacher sickout

At least it’s warm in Puerto Rico.

4 years ago we argued that Detroit ought to just declare itself a “free zone.” Cut taxes to nothing. Make the city a business friendly place in stark contrast to what it was before. The former metropolis literally has nothing to lose. Big government failed (as it always does eventually), let free enterprise come in and maybe there is a chance for something like a renaissance. A chance. (Which is more than the place has now.)

We knew of course that our calls would likely not be headed,

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Detroit Schools ‘Misplace’ $30 Million from Feds for Pensions

(From For the Record)

The Detroit News reported this week that the U.S. Department of Education allegedly gave Detroit Public Schools $30 million to help it pay required contributions to an employee pension fund, but the school district never sent the money into the state-run system. The $30 million was supposed to cover pension contributions for DPS employees whose pay came from federal grants.

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Detroit Police Chief: I Wouldn’t Gas Up in the City Late at Night Unless I Had To

Don’t get out to pump the gas in Detroit unless you’re commuting with this guy.

It was not that long ago that Detroit was one of America’s and the world’s great cities. A center of industry and commerce which rose up out of the American Midwest as testament to innovation and ingenuity.

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Urban America is a disaster because of decades of big, crony infested government

In the attached article Kevin D. Williamson associates functionality and competence a little too closely with Republicans. Saying this his analysis otherwise is right on.

What we saw in Baltimore this week is a symptom of big government urban politics. Why are places like Detroit, much of Chicago, St. Louis, Philly, still large parts of New York, Atlanta, Richmond, a good part of Washington DC, and dozens more cities so poor and so dysfunctional? Largely (but not solely),

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Court Lets Government Motors Keep its Liability Shield and Screw Over Crash Victims

Government Motors is a big black hole of dysfunction. People forget that prior to the 2008 Crash people referred to GM as a healthcare company which just happened to make cars. A pension crisis loomed like nobody had seen too.

Then, poof. World goes into a depression and the union workers get their healthcare and pensions taken care of. Funny how that worked.

GM should be dead and the world would be better for it. Its bailout (along with the big banks) is a disgusting chapter in American history.

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Rand Paul courts the black vote

If the GOP was seen as a party of genuine free enterprise (I know, don’t laugh), which made the case to all people that free markets and free prices generate prosperity and that government intervention and cronyism lead to stagnation and despair, the party could make serious progress with non-white voters.

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Black leaders in Chicago call out crony urban political machine (Video)

This is encouraging. If there is any place where free market reforms can help people practically immediately it is in the inner cities of the United States. Decades of massive government in our metropolises have created nothing but poverty and war zones, death, addiction, and despair.

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Report cites “utter incompetence”: As Recalls Mount, Was It Worth Bailing Out the ‘Old GM’?

No it was not. There are a few union members who made out like bandits and a few more senior managers who got to keep their very generous pensions. It was worth it for the president because he was able to sway Michigan and Ohio by convincing people the auto bailout was for them. But for the rest of us, the world would be better off if GM had died in 2009.

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Something Went ‘Very Wrong’ at Government Motors CEO Says

We are just beginning to get the story on why vehicles were not recalled to GM when they should have been. That the vehicles involved might have shown the government sponsored car manufacturer in a bad light had nothing to do with the slow response of course.

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NFL’s Corporate Welfare Even Gives Fans Pause

Our taxpayer subsidized cathedrals.

I was talking to an avid NFL fan recently and he thinks the league has seen its zenith and it will be a slow decline from here on out. The brain trauma scandal isn’t helping things and neither are the kinds of deals team owners get.

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