The bankrupt city of Detroit has been run since before most of us were born by a series of very left, progressive, Democrat mayors. Most of this time, the city council and mayor’s office were run by African-American Democrats who pursued policies of taxing those who earned more in the name of fairness, labor union empowerment, racial favoritism in hiring and Government contracting, and crony relatioships between Government and favored business interests. Critics of these policies were called racists; that they wanted to see a black man fail because of their hate. They were also called “anti-worker,” said to be pawns of “Big Business.” As the city decline, its leadership blamed its problems on Republicans, who by that time were long out of power and in any case offered little opposition to the city’s progressive Democrat leadership.
Does any of that sound familiar at all?
The city declared bankruptcy last year, and for most low-information voters, that was the end of it. They went back to following the Cardassians on their Obamaphones, or whatever. However, Detroit is still providing us with regular cautionary examples of the failure of Socialism. Just this past week:
- Detroit spends more money collecting parking fines than it makes from fines; because half the meters in the city don’t work and people neglect to pay the fines anyway. So, the genius progressives in the city came up with the solution of … raising parking fines. One notes that a study concluded that the city could net $22-65 Million by privatizing parking meters and fine collection. But the city’s progressive Democrat political leadership would rather lose money than allow someone else to profit.
- Detroit is preparing to shut off water to 160,000 customers who have stopped paying their water bills. Community organizers are, no doubt, seeking out some progressive Democrat judge who will order the city to continue supplying water to deadbeats on the basis that water is a human right, or something. Half the city’s customers, BTW, are delinquent in paying their water bill.
- And to complete the transition of what was, before the progressive Democratic socialists took over, America’s wealthiest city into a complete third-world trou-de-merde, the city awoke on a recent morning to the discovery of the corpses of dozens of abused and brutalized dogs in a city park. Dog-fighting is one of the many quaint Third-World customs the undocumented immigrants and the urban Democrat base have brought to our multicultural mosaic. Also, tuberculosis.
It’s a testament to human stupidity that no matter how many times socialism fails, there are always those eager to give it another shot.
Venezuela is another place where Socialism has succeeded brilliantly in its goal of leveling out income disparities by forcing everyone but a few elite party officials into grinding poverty. Not only are people forced to wait in line for hours to purchase limited amounts of food, they are also being marked, Book of Revelations style, in order to be able to get food.
According to a source familiar with what’s going on, this number-scribbling takes place outside large cities like Caracas, and it doesn’t happen in private supermarkets. However, private supermarkets can set a limit to the number of items a person can buy. For example: You can only pick up 4 liters of milk, 2 liters of oil, 2 kilos of sugar etc.
And that’s if the market even has those items.
It is said that under socialism, people line up for loaves of bread. Under capitalism, loaves of bread are lined up for people. Venezuela proves… this isn’t just a metaphor.