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Dec 26

8th Issue New Voice For Politics

8th Issue New Voice For Politics

In this Issue

Depleted and Desolate Detroit: What Happened? How a once great city became a great big mess. A warning to other cities.

Progressives’ New Year Resolution: To Increase Revenue How Progressive treatment for an unbalanced budget can be worse than the disease.

$15 per Hour Protestors Do Not Care About the Poor Finally, a plan that will “truly” help the poor.

 

Depleted and Desolate Detroit: What

Happened?

 

By Dee Dee Benkie

Detroit started as a little fur trading post for New France many years ago. How appropriate is it now then that France is out of vogue and slowly dying economically under the weight of its socialist policies, and fur is no longer the hot commodity it used to be. In fact, wearing fur could get you assaulted with paint or worse in some places.  Alas, Detroit itself is in worse shape than either France or fur.

On December 3rd, Judge Stephen Rhodes deemed that Detroit with its 18 billion dollars of debt could enter bankruptcy.  The once renowned and envied city is now making headlines for being the largest municipal bankruptcy in United States history.  To add insult to injury, the city is now literally falling apart. Detroit is a virtual wasteland with 40% of the street lights not working, buildings in shambles, and half of its once large population gone. Parts of the city now resemble screen shots of the video game Fall Out 3, which takes place in Washington D.C. after a nuclear attack.

How did this happen? What transformed this once thriving metropolis into an urban wasteland? It was not bad luck that brought Detroit to such ruin. It was bad government, business, and, more than anything else, bloated selfish unions that made the old adage, “killing the goose that laid the golden egg,” a reality.

While at the beginning of their movement, unions did many good things for workers, they are now largely to blame for the failure of Detroit.  The Motor City is now out of gas thanks to union bosses who siphoned away money through underhanded bargains with corrupt politicians. Their handiwork has transformed a city that was once the hot rod of manufacturing into a broken-down clunker.

Everyone agrees that Detroit is not working, but people differ in their opinion about what should be done to tune up the engine of the Motor City. After the 2012 election, a member of the Detroit City Council famously stated that they had helped the president out and now they wanted some payback in the form of bailout.  While some people were outraged by this, it should not come as a surprise that the request was made.  Washington D.C. has been doing this for years by living large and throwing money around like a rock star. If you get in trouble, do not worry; the federal government will bail you out.

Thankfully, both political parties seem to recognize the stupidity of such a bailout for a very simple reason, Detroit is not the only city to find itself in such a predicament.  Chicago is not far behind with a pension fund shortfall of at least $20 billion. The foolish financial bargains brokered by shortsighted politicians and greedy union bosses have occurred in many cities throughout the United States. If other big cities see Detroit bailed out, they will soon see the pure genius of filing for bankruptcy and stand in line with their hands out.  The country simply cannot afford this.

Hopefully, Detroit’s demise will not be in vain. If we are lucky, it will serve as a wake up call to other cities, states, and, dare we hope, the federal government to stop the bleeding before the patient dies.

And what will happen to Detroit, once touted as the Paris of America? Sadly, that city eventually may become nothing more than the site of a historical marker along the road with a message, “Do not let this happen to you.”

 

Progressives’ New Year Resolution: To Increase Revenue

By J. A. Gedra

A frequent problem at Thanksgiving and Christmas meals is a lack of coordination between our eyes and stomachs. All too often, our eyes tell us to bite off more than we can chew; let alone, fit within the constraints of our stomachs. In the end, we are left nauseous and overweight; asking ourselves, how we ended up here again, after promising that we would never eat so much in the previous year?

The same process also occurs every time state governments meet to develop a budget. Just as children in Christmas stories have dreams of sugar plum fairies dancing through their heads, progressive politicians fantasize about providing ever increasing amounts of money and services to their close personal friends through government projects. The eyes of progressive politicians glisten as they view their favorite pet projects, which demand more money than is present in the government purse. Alas, their glee is dimmed as they realize that their years of wasteful spending have led to the government coffers being as bare as Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. Their reckless spending sprees have resulted in massive governmental debt. The end result is an off kilter budget, where more money is owed than is held by the government.

Such an unharmonious budget cannot stand; for it is required by law in many states that the budget must return to a balanced state. Mercifully, a return to homeostasis is a relatively simple process. Anyone who has ever made a budget knows that there are two ways to balance a budget. Expenses can be cut or extra revenue may be brought in. In other words, a person needs to decrease their spending or generate additional money.

The first option, asking progressives to cut spending, is a waste of time, because they cannot part with one of their precious projects. Every single government program is viewed in their eyes as the most important program to ever exist. Putting aside the grammatical and logical error held by many progressives that there can be more than one most important government project, it is impossible to talk to progressives about a single cut because they believe that a decrease of one cent will result in the death of billions of kittens and starving of zillions of illiterate children. Like Gollum in Lord of the Rings, they will hold onto their “precious” project, even if it means the destruction of everything else around them.

Since progressives are unable to find any way to decrease spending, they are left with only one way to balance the budget, an increase in revenue. In other words, the budget will be balanced by the government bringing in more money. But where will they find this money? The government does not make anything, like shoes, televisions, or cars, so they cannot sell goods to bring in the cash. Being unable to earn money, the government is left with only one option; they can take money from others that do create products that people are willing to purchase. The government can go up to people that create wealth and demand money. If a citizen refuses, they will use force and even jail those that would question them. This might sound barbaric, therefore more gentle words are used, so as to not offend the delicacies of others: such as, taxes and fees.

When progressive politicians realize that they must balance the budget, they increase revenue, which means they increase the amount of money the government takes from everyday people who are working hard to earn a living. They redistribute money from people that they do not like and return money to the people they do like through government spending. To be fair, progressive politicians might not be trying to take all of your money; rather, they might be similar to the Dos Equis spokesman, the Most Interesting Man in the World. Progressive politicians do not always increase taxes, but when they need to balance the budget, they increase revenue. Stay balanced my friends.
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$15 per Hour Protestors Do Not Care About the Poor

By Progressive Pete

Some people believe that the minimum wage is too low and should be raised to $15 per hour. At such a rate, a person working at McDonald’s would earn over $30,000 per year. Many believe that this humane “living wage” should be adopted to enable fast food workers to live more comfortably.

Naysayers have said nay to this idea, claiming that a person should not make a career out of fast food employment. Fast food work is seen as a temporary entry level position, which allows young people with no work experience or skills to gain both such things. After they have worked there, the fast food workers move on to better paying jobs because they now have skills and experience that make them more marketable. All parties gain from this arrangement: young employees gain experience and skills, employers acquire labor, and customers are able to purchase food at a low cost.

Balderdash is what protesters say to all of this poppycock talk about workers benefiting from low salaries. Protesters assert, “We want to help people have a higher quality of life; we do not care about customers or employers, it is all about the worker.”

Ironically, if one looks at things objectively, we see that protestors really do not care about the low income workers. A $15 per hour living wage will only earn a little over $30,000 a year. What can you buy with that? Plus, the government is going to take away a huge chunk in taxes.

If protestors really cared about the worker, they would plead for a “luxury wage.” All employees should earn at least $100 per hour. People need to realize that all workers have needs, and it is not fair that medical doctors earn more than someone who makes Big Macs. After all, both Big Mac makers and medical doctors save lives. Sure a doctor can save a person’s life by performing heart surgery, but if you have no food, you will starve to death. In fact, if you look at the numbers, more people eat Big Macs every day than have heart surgery; so technically, fast food workers should be paid more, because they save more lives than surgeons.

People also need to be more compassionate to fast food workers in the area of transportation. Many people are unaware that these hardworking people do not live at McDonald’s; rather, they must somehow go from where they live to where they work several days a week. Many have been forced against their will to take public transportation. Taking a bus is cruel and unusual punishment; it requires a person to wait outside for someone to drive them. For this reason, all fast food companies should buy each employee their own car. And not just any car; it should at the very least be a luxury car, because when they drive home, these workers have been on their feet for more than one hour and need the extra comfort that only a Jaguar or BMW can provide.

Employees also need to have a good night’s sleep if they are going to be productive. Fast food employers should help with this, because this benefits both the employer and the employee. Every McDonald’s’ employee should have their own McMansion if employers care at all about the dignity of others. Asking someone to live in an apartment or one bedroom house is like asking someone to live in a cave. What are we barbarians? People need McMansions to survive.

Some economists have opposed the adoption of a luxury salary. They have claimed that McDonald’s cannot pay every employee $100 per hour, but if they can pay a dozen executives such a salary, they should easily be able to pay 1.7 million employees the same. Economists also claim that raising the minimum wage will not decrease poverty. Such an increase supposedly fails, because employers cannot afford to pay workers the increased wages, which results in fewer jobs being available. Fewer jobs mean that less people are hired and more are laid off. Sure this makes sense logically and has been shown to occur in the past, but just because something has been shown to occur repeatedly in the past is no reason to believe it will happen again. We should be guided by our emotions and not logic or economic research. If it feels good, we should believe it.

We need to adopt the luxury wage today or people will die. If you disagree with me, than you are obviously a horrible monster.

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