This gets really tiring…. (Robert Reich vomits forth)
In other words, much in modern America depends on where you draw boundaries, and who’s inside and who’s outside. Who is included in the social contract? If “Detroit” is defined as the larger metropolitan area that includes its suburbs, “Detroit” has enough money to provide all its residents with adequate if not good public services, without falling into bankruptcy. Politically, it would come down to a question of whether the more affluent areas of this “Detroit” were willing to subsidize the poor inner-city through their tax dollars, and help it rebound. That’s an awkward question that the more affluent areas would probably rather not have to face.
Look Robert, I happen to know more than a bit about what happened in Detroit. My family on my father’s side grew up and lived in River Rouge. Yes,that suburb of Detroit — a place of steel plants, car plants and other industry. A gentrified area that slowly turned into a sewer.
Here’s the real “awkward” question — what is your rational response when crime starts to move higher where you live? Should you simply sit and take it as your cars are stolen, your building defaced, your daughter raped, your grandmother mugged on the way back from church, and in addition pay ever-higher taxes in order to “suppress” these changes? Or is it more rational to move and let the animals fight among themselves — a process that continues until there are only animals left?
Exactly who’s fault is it when someone chooses to rape, rob, beat someone, murder, deface or steal someone else’s property and generally behave like a thug? If you argue that it’s anyone’s responsibility other than the person doing it then you are claiming that all men and women are not equal, that some are lesser,and that those who are lesser are incapable of taking care of themselves — that they are infants or worse — not really human.
That’s not really what you’re calling the folks who you claim are “oppressed” — right?
Or is it?
More to the point, is there some requirement that I be forced to subsidize the life of those who prefer to live by raping, robbing and murdering? If you think this is an abstract of only Detroit, you’re wrong. Here’s a news story from Chicago — and it’s recent too.
A 15-year-old Florida girl was punched when she tried to help a 51-year-old Michigan woman being robbed Friday night on the Mag Mile by eight juveniles, officials said.
Two 15-year-old girls, a 14-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl, three 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy were arrested and charged with robbery, police said.
One of the 15-year-old girls — who punched the Florida teen who tried to help — also was charged with battery, and one of the boys was additionally charged with theft because police said he had another person’s iPhone that had been either lost or stolen earlier Friday at North Avenue Beach.
The target of the robbery is white. All of the assailants are black. Yeah, I know, that’s not in the Tribune article. That would be politically incorrect, you see; race is only included in news stories when the alleged perpetrator is white and the victim(s) are black. But Second City Cop tracked it down and confirmed it. Gee, it’s not about race eh? How come this time it’s not but the other way around invariably is?
And exactly how many people should be frequenting Chicago and spending money, thereby providing the economic activity the city needs to prosper, ifanimals — of any race — are roaming around attacking and robbing people at random?
Answer: Nobody in their right mind.
This has nothing to do with whether someone is black or white.
It has everything to do with whether or not you’re a thug. That there is an over-representation of thugs among certain groups is due to their individual choice in actions, not the color of their skin — unless you, Robert, are arguing that some people are “lesser” because of their race.
I know no liberal would ever make such a claim — right? That’s for those white KKK members down in…. oh, some hillbilly little town in the South…..
Look if someone wants to be a wild thang then they can go right ahead and do it. They’re slitting their own throat though, as Detroit discovered. People can “wild” all they want, they can commit all sorts of crimes, they can crap all over where they live.
But let’s not kid ourselves — that’s exactly what they’re doing — crapping and whizzing in their own beds.
Why? Because neither they, or you, can force people to stay in a given place and reasonable, law-abiding, peaceful citizens will leave such an environment irrespective of their race, color or creed — at which point you have no jobs, no chain grocery stores with reasonable prices and no economic opportunity. Eventually the thugs find themselves with no ambulances, no street lights (because they stole all the wiring) hulks of burned out buildings and no tax revenue for pay for services.
Then people like Robert wring their hands and whine when the city cannot pay its cops, firefighters, EMTs and teachers — and economically collapses.
Oh, and it’s not just “let’s get whitey” either. It’s also “let’s get lesbians”
As many as ten men punched and kicked the women, pressing them up against a car in the South Austen neighborhood of Chicago’s West Side, and hurling antigay slurs. They were allegedly laughing as they assaulted the couple.
Does race matter here? Nope. But what does matter is the key question that nobody wants to bring forward — are he — and his friends — thugs?
Oh, and if you think this was some “random” attack, no it was not. At least one of the assailants knew the victims:
The attack occurred after a man, who had gone to high school with one of the women, recognized her and followed her down the street, taunting her for her gender-nonconforming attire. He punched her and, after the couple tried to fight back, was joined by other assailants.
But see, in Chicago you still can’t legally carry the means of effective self-defense. So these two women who had every right to be where they were and to be left alone had no means of defending themselves against a mob of thugs that attacked them.
When seconds count the cops will be by in a few minutes — to sweep up the mess.
Two nice little pistols — one for each of those ladies — and there’d be a bunch of dead thugs instead of two injured women — and I’d call that just desserts.
Robert and the media would probably call it “racism.”
But instead we have one guy who’s been busted and the cops are (I’m sure half-heartedly) looking for the others in Rahm’s paradise, while the women live in fear — sufficient and well-founded fear. Enough fear for them to decide to move.
Note carefully that by moving they are withdrawing their economic support of the city.
There are those who want to call that decision “white flight.” I call it rational behavior. When some group wants to behave like a pack of wolves and on top of it the city government makes it difficult or impossible for the rest of the people to defend themselves don’t be surprised when those good and decent individuals and families say “screw that!” and leave.
They can, they have, they will and they should.
I know people who had multiple vehicles and wheels stolen from their cars in the 1970s and 1980s in Detroit, from the parking lot of their workplace, in broad daylight. More than once they came out to their car after work to find their car on four cinder blocks. Yes, the thieves were that brazen. They weren’t worried about the shop-owner popping out of the front door with a 12ga and splattering them all over the sidewalk. Why not? Because defending your property in that fashion would be “illegal”…..
Into the middle of this you have abject financial fraud in the pension system and that is not limited to cities like Detroit. And this sort of use of force is so common that nobody even identifies it for what it is — theft, exactly identical in form and fashion to stealing those wheels — or the entire car.
The common rubric was that 8% or even 10% returns would be “modeled” and used to “compute” the contributions that are required for all those cops, teachers, school administrators and firefighters.
This might work for a while — in an expanding credit environment it can. Indeed, isn’t it funny that this almost-exactly matches the credit expansion in rate over the last 30 years?
But a pension plan is a forward, indefinite-duration thing because new employees come in to replace the ones who retire.
As such the claimed “return” that is embedded in to the promise is impossible to provide because it grossly exceeds the real return of the economy overany long run period in history. Leverage expansion returns can run in this range for a few decades but not permanently because leverage expansion is predicated on stealing purchasing power from the people on a continual basis.
The people eventually run out of marginal income that you can steal and ends — it mathematically must because the alternative is that everyone starves!
Any and all such plans are thus scams. The people on both sides of the table either know or should know that this is the case. Those who argued for it and those who agreed to “pay” those amounts are equally at fault for either demanding or agreeing to give that which is impossible over the long run.
So in addition to the financial scam of these pensions that are spread far and wide in the United States we then add the physical crime of thugs thinking they can, without consequence, victimize the people who produce in a given area and they’ll keep producing and paying into the government so they can not only be thugs but receive various forms of welfare and subsidy besides.
That sort of thought process goes beyond dumb — it’s criminally insane.
The pension promises of all of these “public” employees across the United States must be repudiated as fraudulent from inception and thus void. Transfer the balance of whatever is in there now into a separate fund, appoint someone to manage it to pay current beneficiaries and whoever is “vested” in ratable proportion to whatever is there, and let it run off until it’s gone. Done. (See An Open Letter To The City Of Detroit: About Those Pensions .)
Next, get the Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police out into the streets. Explain to the residents that they have two choices — stop acting like thugs and find a way to be industrious in a lawful and reasonable fashion or they will starve. Start tapering the “welfare programs” in all forms at 5% a month from today’s baseline until they’re gone in less than two years. Keep hammering it — vote for whoever you want, but this is how it’s going to be because you’re all there is and you’re not, at present, earning any money to fund the services you want!
At the same time drop all the regulations that prevent private charity from running soup kitchens and similar, if they’re willing to do so. Some churches and other organizations will do so provided they’re not getting shot at. Whether they get shot at is up the residents.
You can’t force people to stay, you can’t tax someone who’s not producing and those who were “promised” rich pensions that have payouts exceeding economic progress will not receive them because the promises were impossible to fulfill at the time they were made.
Those are facts folks, and Detroit, along with Shitcago and other towns can either face them or face destruction.
Oh and if you think this is a problem only in big cities like Chicago and Detroit, you’re wrong. It’s a problem across the country wherever an entitlement mentality has taken hold — including smaller towns and places where you wouldn’t expect it.