Skip to comments.This is What Budget Cuts Have Done to Detroit ... And It's Freaking Awesome
Posted on 05/28/2013 9:51:48 AM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
The language of budget cuts, austerity, and sequestration seem to dominate the media's landscape these days, instilling fear into Americans of vital government services being cut and chaos ensuing if governments aren't allowed to spend and borrow infinitely. Conservatives decry supposed cuts to the military-industrial-complex, and liberals bemoan that without government welfare transfer programs, there would be social Darwinism. ... Leaving aside the details on whether the U.S. budget is actually shrinking, one needs to look no further than the city of Detroit to find the spontaneous order, civic cooperation, and peaceful market forces that take over when government simply isn't around. ..... The Detroit Bus Company (DBC) is a private bus service that began last year and truly shows a stark contrast in how the market and government operates. Founded by 25-year-old Andy Didorosi, the company avoids the traditionally stuffy, cagey government buses and uses beautiful vehicles with graffiti-laden exterior designs that match the heart of the Motor City. There are no standard bus routes; a live-tracking app, a call or a text is all you need to get picked up in one of their buses run on soy-based biofuel. All the buses feature wi-fi, music, and you can even drink your own alcohol on board! The payment system is, of course, far cheaper and fairer.
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someday Detroit will be rebuilt but it will be primarily by private funds and investment.
not by government programs, other than essential infrastructural improvements as may be necessary.
government can also review its various laws and regulations to see which ones further depress the economy
there are quite a number of them, and SOME at least could be modified or dropped...to enable the American economy to recover somewhat...
There...fixed. If you want to write for a living, at least learn the rules of grammar.
No, the budget cuts are the result of 60 years of liberal mismanagement and corruption that ran unchecked.
Draconian measures to get the city under control are not why Detroit is the way it is now. the city is the way it is because of how it’s been (not) run, and corruptly run, the last 60 years.
I can see why they say that though. These people are the very same folks that blame doctors for their morbidly sick eating everything diabetic mom abusing her health for decades, that finally dies, it’s the docs fault and sues the doctor. They are the very same people that blame the cops for shooting their son who was on drugs pointing a gun at them, saying he was a good boy. And then suing the city.
I smell a non-free market subsidy in there somewhere.
While I am glad folks are making some money, me thinks I’ll pass on a partridge family bus going through the inner city of detroit where folks are allowed to drink their own booze while riding.
Anyone taking bets on how long they’re allowed to operate before the government either shuts them down or demands so much protection money (oops “fees and taxes”) that they put them out of business?
Not to worry, once the unions muscle in they'll "fix" that cheaper and fairer nonsense! [/s]
I would think insurance laws will be drafted to put this transportation business under for good.
major cities grew up for a reason. Buffalo, NY, my hometown, existed because it was the furthest you could go on the great lakes before reaching Niagara Falls. All grain was shipped through Buffalo. Bethelem Steel made iron and steel. GM used those resources to build cars. After railroads eliminated the need for a Buffalo hub, all those industries found a better place to exist.
Why Detroit? I don't see a competitive advantage.
Detroit will never be rebuilt.
American Auto is not coming back to Detroit, while they may keep their HQ’s there for historical reasons, and other facitlities in the area, all significant investment will go south and west where taxes and right to work rule.
MI going right to work might help some, but its still a tax sink hole and the US Auto Industry will NEVER be what it was in the 50s again. It will never again know a time when there was no effective world competition and they could own the market.
Europe rebuilt, and the Asian Rim is in the game.
Someday perhaps Detroit will shrink to “RIGHT SIZE” and get its house in order, but given all the wealth long ago fled the city due to mismanagment and black racism, that’s not going to even begin to happen for another 2-3 decades once those things get put into check, and neither of those is even remotely in check at present.
Its depressing to go anywhere near detroit. You can go to cities that were bombed into rubble and in less than 10 years look better than Detroit does.
Thanks. These lunk heads who fancy themselves writers drive me nuts. They truly are inanimate “thats.”
Quote: “American Auto is not coming back to Detroit, while they may keep their HQs there for historical reasons, and other facilities in the area, all significant investment will go south and west where taxes and right to work rule.”
You are probably right but didn’t Michigan just pass right to work?
Even setting aside the lower taxes and right to work in the sunbelt, there is such a thing as a Materials Index that determines the most efficient place to produce a product based on distance from both your major raw materials and your customers.
In the 1920’s Detroit sat astride that very geographic spot. But since our population keeps shifting to the south and west, Motown finds itself far away from the ideal spot (which I think is in Missouri or Kansas someplace now)
A lot of it has to do with Canada’s industrial hub. After all, they aren’t spending a billion dollars for a new bridge to Detroit just because they want to spend money.
One of the reasons the future looks brighter for Detroit.
Michigan most improved
If it works, gov’t will tax it, unionize it and bury it in regulations.
I mentioned their MI having Right to work in the very same post.... might want to finish reading the post.
The Detroit Bus Company (DBC) is a private bus service that began last year and truly shows a stark contrast in how the market and government operates. Founded by 25-year-old Andy Didorosi, the company avoids the traditionally stuffy, cagey government buses and uses beautiful vehicles with graffiti-laden exterior designs that match the heart of the Motor City. There are no standard bus routes; a live-tracking app, a call or a text is all you need to get picked up in one of their buses run on soy-based biofuel. All the buses feature wi-fi, music, and you can even drink your own alcohol on board! The payment system is, of course, far cheaper and fairer.Soy-based biofuel?
I was wondering if anyone else would notice the error of substituting that for who. Journalists for the most famous of news companies do it. So do many highly educated celebrities.
Awesome. In Illinois, by law, not private bus company can compete with the CTA or RTA. Even when they drop routes it is illegal to pick those routes up privately.
We’re decades behind Michigan and there’s little hope we’ll catch up, ever. We’re America’s North Korea.
I know the Detroit bus company isn’t getting taxpayer dollars. They wouldn’t be advertizing that its OK to drink on their buses.
Private neighborhood security is another business that is growing in Detroit.
The old complaint about the word “decimate” comes up often here. But the English language is a living one, it’s not Latin. The meaning of words and conventions change over time. “Font” and “typeface” were not the same thing originally, but they’re used interchangibly today. A “logo” and a “trademark” were different but now pretty much mean the same. “Lynchpin,” “ Vellum,” “Triumph” all had specific meanings that, like “decimate,” have morphed over time. Likewise, in 1933 “tomorrow” was spelled “to-morrow.”
Not sure I agree. Logo and trademark are definitely different things and I think should be viewed as such. Personally, rather than see words “morphed”, I’d rather keep the old words preserved as they were originally, and have new words developed as needed.
It's a good thing English is so flexible. Let's not be like the French!
I heard somewhere that private citizens were paying for police cars, and, get this -
libs were complaining that they shouldn’t be allowed to do that because police cars were a government function.
“After all, they arent spending a billion dollars for a new bridge to Detroit just because they want to spend money.”
Sure they are. If they just wanted to build a bridge, it would cost far, far less than a cool $billion.
They are spending a $Billion because the unions and government bureaucrats are involved. So yes, they are building a bridge just because they want to spend money, and they want to be able to levy taxes to support union toll collectors and government bureaucracy.
Yeah sure, they’ll throw a bridge in too, but that is not the primary reason they are building it.
And today the spelling of tomorrow and all other words depends upon the mood of my keyboard.
to select by lot and kill every tenth man of
which tells me that is the definition of decimate. It is the third acceptable use of the word that widens its definition.
The same dictionary defines triumph as you have indicated, so all of us should avoid using the word incorrectly. I'm going to try and restrict my usage to the list of synonyms they suggest. Thanks for pointing that out to me!
I’ll have to disagree with you on this. What we have done is not so much change the meanings of words but to ignore the nuanced differences of different words’ meanings. Odor, smell, fragrance and stench are all pretty close in meaning in some respects, but obviously (to most people, at least for now) are not interchangeable.
In that case you’d better not use Microsoft Office, nor any word processing program for that matter, that allows you to change fonts, since a font is “type produced by casting molten metal at a type foundry.”