#JohnGalt2014 DETROIT

Posted by LetsShrug 6 years, 9 months ago to Pics
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This is what 60 years of collectivism can do to the most prosperous city in America.


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  • Posted by ProfChuck 6 years, 9 months ago
    In Ayn Rand’s allegorical novel “Atlas Shrugged” the most productive members of society are vanishing. Their disappearance leaves a vacuum that is rapidly filled by people that have never operated a successful business, met a payroll, or even had a genuinely original idea. The result is the collapse of the economy and the beginnings of a depression that makes the 1930’s look like a tea party.

    And now fiction is becoming reality. While there is no clearly identifiable “John Galt” and many of the people that are leaving the state are simply moving to more business friendly locations the impact on California is much the same as that described in Rand’s novel. Businesses are failing at an alarming rate, tax revenues are plummeting, and the burden placed on the state coffers by exploding welfare rolls is crippling. And California is not alone; this same scenario is being repeated all over the country.

    In Atlas Shrugged, John Galt said he would “Stop the motor of the world.” Well, in the real world everywhere you look the motor is stopping.
    California once led the nation in population growth at one point going over 6 percent per year. Now it has dropped to slightly over one percent. And what is worse is the drop in per capita income. Once a leader in the nation now the state is in the second to the lowest quintile in terms of income growth. This means that most of the growth is in lower income groups which mean little or no new business. This pattern is being repeated up and down the east coast. Not surprisingly the most rapid growth is in states with low or nonexistent tax structures, with Nevada being a prominent example.

    For the most part the country is self destructing because of an orgy of self indulgence brought about by colossally incompetent social policies. The current administration is a classic example of machine politics Chicago style. The recent attempt at extortion or blackmail of Senator Kyle from Nevada is a classic example of this practice. Administration officials including four cabinet officers, almost certainly with the knowledge of President Obama, threatened the governor of Arizona with a cut off of stimulus funds if Kyle didn’t stop his criticism of the stimulus process.

    The United States in now a debtor nation and is at the financial mercy of countries like China and other Asian nations as well as some very unfriendly folks in the Middle East. And now, even Communist China is viewing the leftward lunge of the United States with considerable alarm. They have a very large investment in American companies and American dollars and they are worried that this investment is in jeopardy. Considering the profligacy of the current and previous administrations this concern is clearly justified.



    So, was Ayn Rand a prophet or just an annoying radical right wing kook. Watch the news or read it in those few papers that still exist and decide for your self.
    Chuck Ivie
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  • Posted by Herb7734 6 years, 9 months ago
    I was born and raised in Detroit. I was there during its most prosperous times and left the area when it was halfway through its total destruction. As a "youngster" in my early 30s, I bought a house in a close-in suburb and for the next 25 years watched the deterioration creep ever closer. When the porno palaces, the prostitutes, and the dope dealers infiltrated to within 2 miles of our home we started thinking about leaving. Eventually we left the state altogether. I have a hundred horror stories about "my city." It was a place I loved so I can also tell you what it was like growing up in the most prosperous of cities. Am I bitter? You damn well betcha!
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    • Posted by $ splumb 6 years, 9 months ago
      I was born 2 years before the riots. I can't remember a Detroit that wasn't a ghetto.
      (I was a Brightmoor girl).
      I got out to the 'burbs, and we're moving further out soon.
      I'm very bitter too.
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      • Posted by Herb7734 6 years, 9 months ago
        Born & raised in the inner city, my folks moved to the Outer Drive area and from there to the Bloomfield area. When I got married, we lived near 7 mile and Evergreen and eventually out to Southfield (10 Mile & Southfield Road.) As I grew up it was as if my city was being eaten away, piece by piece. Where it was OK to go to certain areas, the next year, it wasn't. There are many things I miss about the Detroit I knew as a young person, but the only time I was back there was a few years ago when my wife's mother died.
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  • Posted by Danno 6 years, 9 months ago
    Why doesn't Detroit tear down the Packard plant? That plant was built in 1903 and was the largest factory in US at the time.
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    • Posted by 6 years, 9 months ago
      No money to tear it down. I think they should leave it alone. It's a nice reminder of who the destroyers really are. Although it looks like HELL. No smart person is going to invest or sink money into that town until the politics change. I don't know how much worse it can get. I'm surprised BO hasn't rebuilt it bail-out style... I did hear they are building "lofts" though. Rack 'em and stack 'em type apt buildings... U.N. style... herd the remaining people all together in a tight, easily targeted area.
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  • Posted by jcabello 6 years, 9 months ago
    Hey Detroiters, quick question for you... I'll be moving to Michigan soon, to the vicinity of the sister republic of Ann Arbor. How is the state doing as a whole? And do you see the welfare cancer spreading even further to that area? How about taxation, is it getting worse the take from the "rich" producers and give it to the poor?
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    • Posted by 6 years, 9 months ago
      From what I understand, (I haven't lived there for two decades), the unions have killed it... the whole State. Jobs are scarce, properties are for sale rampant style, and LOTS of welfare. Some of these backwoods, country folk aren't the smartest tools in the shed either, BUT they'll take a stand for freedom faster than most. There was a bunch of millage signs in people's yards....why anyone votes to increase their taxes is beyond me. (I was mostly Up North my entire trip.)
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    • Posted by barwick11 6 years, 9 months ago
      It's actually turning around more than other states. Rick Snyder is decent, but also very open to Federal meddling unfortunately, so long as it benefits Michigan.
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    • Posted by $ jbrenner 6 years, 9 months ago
      JCabello, enjoy the People's Republic of Ann Arbor. I left A squared in 1994. If you can put up with the winters and live sufficiently far from Starnesville/Detroit, there are a lot of things to like about Michigan.
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      • Posted by jcabello 6 years, 9 months ago
        Thanks for your replies. I'll be sure to live far from Starnesville/Detroit. Just wondering, any examples of why Ann Arbor is supposed to be "liberal"? Do they have rip-off taxation? Would I be better off living say in Plymouth?
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        • Posted by $ jbrenner 6 years, 9 months ago
          Whatever the pet cause of the left is will certainly be protested at U of M. One needs to be especially watchful in Ann Arbor of what you say. Regardless of what you say, you are likely to offend someone.

          If you are going to Ann Arbor to go to U of M, their research equipment is first-rate.
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        • Posted by $ jbrenner 6 years, 9 months ago
          Most of the statism that is in Ann Arbor comes from The University of Michigan, which is ironically my alma mater. Property taxes aren't low, but they are low compared to NY or New England. Stay out of Wayne County. They do have very high taxes. If you can get into eastern Jackson County west of Ann Arbor, you'll get a lot more for your dollar. Where are you commuting to?
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