As the news this afternoon flashed across the wires about Detroit's bankruptcy (I guess technically news doesn't do that anymore, but you know what I mean), I was reminded of this piece by Jack Kelly, a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Just over three months ago, Kelly wrote that "If you'd like to get a glimpse of what America would look like if President Barack Obama got his way on everything, take a good look at Detroit.
He went on to contend: "The problem is that liberals judge policies on the basis of what is promised, not on what is delivered."
-- A large, expensive public work force with deteriorating public services. (Detroit has one city employee for every 55 citizens.)
-- Public schools that royally stink.
-- High taxes, spurring tax evasion on a mammoth scale. (Half of Detroiters don't pay their property taxes.)
-- Massive debt. Detroit is in the red by $14 billion and counting, a third of what the city collects in taxes.
President Obama says he's "monitoring" the Detroit bankruptcy and continues to stand by to further "partner" and help the city. My advice to Detroiters -- run for the hills. His kind of help you don't need any more.
You can't redistribute wealth if you can't create wealth. That's a lesson Detroit, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and every major city in America needs to learn.