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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How Motown Gets its Mojo Back, Rand Paul’s “Freedom Zone” Idea

This week Senator Rand Paul, who is likely running for president, suggested that Congress act to pass legislation which would declare Detroit an economic “freedom zone.” That is to lower taxes in Detroit to near 0% levels spurring business activity and development.

We at Against Crony Capitalism wholeheartedly agree with this idea. We even called for something similar last year. Unleash the market in Detroit and the city will bloom.

Few cities have been as ravaged by inept governing and crony capitalism as Detroit has.

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More than 8,000 Illinois government retirees receive more than $100K in annual pension benefits

These are annual pensions. The workers are retired. They contribute little if anything to the state of Illinois at this point. And most of these folks probably retired in their 50s, some probably before that.

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