In 2012, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign included the following statement:
“I wasn’t going to let Detroit go bankrupt.”
Like scores of other promises that Obama proffered, the tough talk on Detroit has turned into mush. In fact, Detroit has filed for bankruptcy protection.
True, that filing has been put on hold by a judge; however, the matter will eventually be adjudicated in a manner not likely to please Detroit politicians, debtors, or residents.
Some liberal commentators are calling for the federal government to bail out the once proud and great Motor City, but given the nation’s 17 trillion debt and the makeup of the US Congress, smart money is not betting on Detroit receiving a check from the US Treasury anytime soon.
Progressive scholars are working on an economic strategy to save Detroit and serve as a model for other troubled cities across the land.
Initial ideas for the Save Detroit think tank include the following:
- Increase the minimum wage to a “living wage.”
- Make union membership mandatory for all employment in the city.
- Increase taxes paid by businesses, small and large.
- Enforce a total ban on the sale and ownership of all guns in the city.
- Make welfare and food stamps more accessible. The progressive motto should be, “Everything for everyone!”
- Forbid the use of criminal background checks, credit history, and other overly intrusive and discriminatory measures by employers in pre-employment screening.
- Use City government to promote Democrat politicians for elective office. A zero tolerance program for Republican office seekers would be in the best interest of the city, county, state, and nation.
Any resemblance between the above elements and the current situation in Detroit is purely coincidental and must not be used to discredit progressive elitists!
John W. Lillpop
San Jose, California