We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Detroit - What is and What Should Never Be........

I grew up in Detroit and lived and worked there until 2004.  The City today stands as a pure indictment of Central Planning in general and the Euro-Socialist Welfare State in particular.  Run by no one but liberal Democrats for over 50 years, the city is and will forever be a grim reminder of what happens when liberty and freedom is traded for the "security" of a government check..... 

Frosty Wooldridge (born 1947) is a US journalist, writer, environmentalist, and traveler.

By Frosty Wooldridge

For 15 years, from the mid 1970's to 1990, I worked in Detroit, Michigan. I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gunplay, drugs, school truancy, car jacking, gangs, and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses, and schoolyards. Trash everywhere!

Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it. Tens of thousands, and then hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing, and food stamps!

With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollars.

A new child meant… a new car payment, a new TV, or whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson's 'Great Society' flourish in Detroit. If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing.

Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America, outside of Richard Daley in Chicago, rode Detroit down to its knees... He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance. As a black man, he said, "I am the MFIC." The IC meant "in charge".

You can figure out the rest. Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans.

As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state.

Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to less than 912,000 in 2009 (probably closer to 600,000 in 2010). At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan, but most work in Detroit. As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in. As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. Detroit suffers so much shoplifting that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife!

Detroit may be one of our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike, and total separation from America.

Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan, paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June, according to NBC's Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America. English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing.

Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city. In Time Magazine's October 4, 2009, "The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell, and how it can rise again," I choked on the writer's description of what happened. "If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we'd know a lot more about it," said Daniel Okrent. "If drought, and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we'd see it on the evening news every night."

Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice. But Detroit, once our fourth largest city, now 11th, and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country. Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought more attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their dreadful decision making."

As Coleman Young's corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kickbacks, and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city's death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor-trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit.

"By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit’s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services," Okrent said. "The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers' union to reject a philanthropist's offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28.9%.

That's worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent." At the end of Okrent's report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, "That's because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city's collapse, it's also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today. The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character of America in the 21st century. If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past? And if it can't find a way to get up, what does that say about our future?"

Sad isn't it?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: 40% of Madison Teachers call in Sick, Schools Shut; Video of Massive Protest in Wisconsin Capitol Building; If Jackasses Could Think

My own thoughts on this issue are in line with the following from Mish......

Imagine that the government forced you to buy my products from me at the price that I dictate. Then suppose then that my product was so bad that you had to purchase the same type of product from someone else in addition to the one you buy from me to ensure that your family is getting the quality of that product that you seek.

Well, that's the Wisconsin education system. Through the tax code, we are forced to pay for the public education system which is so bad, that my neighbor who's wife is a teachers advises us to spend an additional $10K per year so that our child can get a great education.....

Does that make sense to anyone?

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: 40% of Madison Teachers call in Sick, Schools Shut; Video of Massive Protest in Wisconsin Capitol Building; If Jackasses Could Think

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The End of America is Not a Joke

I have been a True Wealth subscriber for over 10 years.  Their investment research is very sound and their principles are founded in austrian economic teachings.  They predicted the fall of GM, Fannie and Freddie well before the MSM picked it up.

While we don't know what the true impact will be on our lives, the scenes we are seeing in Madison Wi. this week is further evidence of the impending collapse of America as we knew her.  Ignore this video at your own risk.

US Government not Enforcing Immigration Laws

Just like the past two years, it is time to give the Obama Administration a taste of their own medicine.  The congress should be hauling each and every one of his cabinet in front of the country and hold them accountable for every unconstitutional act whether it be ommission or commision.  By keeping the White House on defense and hitting them with something new every day, we will be able to keep the lies and distortions from taking hold.  It is time to send a message to this current and all future Presidents that they are in charge of the government, not the Republic.....