Defeat socialism and save Detroit, all in one move

The left has destroyed Detroit.  Conservative ideas can save Detroit, if they would ever be given the chance. Photo: AP Photos

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2013 — Defeat socialism and save Detroit, all in one move.

Detroit is the poster child for failed liberal social experiments. Detroit was at one time the fourth largest city in America. Instead of being the poster child for failed liberalism, it was the poster child for the success of the American free market.

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Detroit is dead. It is time for the autopsy and the funeral. 

Detroit could be revived, with the right plan. The left already has its plan in place. They want the Federal Government to bail Detroit out. This is the same Federal Government that sent billions of dollars to Detroit over the last 50 years and watched Detroit become the open sewer of the Midwest.

The left wants Detroit bailed out so their fiscal sins can be covered and forgiven. But there is a problem: Detroit is not the only city teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Many major cities, run by Democrats for decades are now facing fiscal Armageddon. Chicago and New York are facing the same issues that drove Detroit to bankruptcy. So are San Diego and San Jose.

The good news is that President Obama cannot agree to a bailout of Detroit because it wouldn’t pass Congress. Even if it did, anyone with half a brain can figure out that Detroit is simply the first of many large cities that will be forced to declare bankruptcy.

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How do you save Detroit? There is a way. It would be difficult, not because the process is hard but because it requires the cooperation of liberals who want America to look like Detroit.

The plan is simple: Dissolve Detroit, then replace it, or at least part of it, with the city of New Detroit. 

For the first ten years in the city of New Detroit there would be no taxes. None. People whose primary residence is in New Detroit would pay no federal, state or local income taxes. Corporations with their primary corporate offices in New Detroit would also pay no taxes, federal, state or local.

Those who moved to New Detroit would not have to file a tax return that said anything more than, “My primary residence is New Detroit.”

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The first thing that would happen would be a land rush in New Detroit. Wealthy people would move there, not only to save money on their taxes but they would save a fortune on tax lawyers and accountants.   

As the wealthy bought residences in New Detroit, the old, abandoned houses in New Detroit would be torn down and new luxury housing would be built. That would employ massive numbers of people in the construction trades. Many of these people would not live in New Detroit so they would be paying taxes on their incomes. New companies moving in would quickly drive down New Detroit’s unemployment rate. 

The state would have to pick up the tab for certain things that are traditionally funded by the city, such as for a new school system and a police and fire system that actually works. Instead of bloated unions, police and fire could be contracted out to private companies.   

By the end of the ten years, there would be a thriving economy that would have created a new city out of the ruins of Detroit.

The biggest obstacle in reviving Detroit is liberals. Liberals do not like competing ideas, especially ideas that use the free market. When the free market competes with liberal ideas, liberalism loses badly.

The only time liberals can ever win a battle of ideas is when they can restrict the field so their ideas are the only ones considered. A free market solution to the problem of Detroit could save a major city, cost the government very little and show the entire nation what a failure liberal policies are.

That is a winning formula. Which is why liberals will fight to the death to keep anything like that from happening.  

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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