“I felt like a guy in the boiler room of the Titanic, desperately bailing to keep the ship afloat for a few more hours while the DOJ attorneys complained from their first-class cabin that their champagne wasn’t properly chilled.”
Bill Nojay, the recent head of the Detroit Department of Transportation tells it like it is. The bureaucracy, the incompetence, the unionized city workers, the fraudulent lawsuits, the complete lack of accountability, means that Detroit has no business asking for a bailout. It is a failed city. It does not work. Many of the people who run the city refuse to work. Any money given to Detroit would be wasted. Worse, it would enable the incompetent and dishonest.
The more we learn about Detroit the more it becomes clear that perhaps it’s just best to let the place slowly sink back into the plains of Michigan. The city has been given chance after chance, billions of dollars by various means, but it has refused to change. It’s not compassionate to bail out such a place. It’s just stupid.
There is an endgame to big government and it looks like Detroit.
Like it or not my big government friends (and I do mean friends), business is not the enemy. Capitalism is not the enemy. Capitalism (real capitalism) creates wealth and provides for the things which many in society want. Chase business out. Chase the innovators out. Chase the dreamers out and there is no one left to pay any taxes, to give to museums, to pay for Boys and Girls Clubs, to provide wealth creating (not wealth redistributing) jobs.
Capitalism is how society moves forward. In a free market people can experiment and see what works.
You want progress? You want life to be better for the average person? Then free markets and prices.
You want to drift back to the Stone Age? Then regulate society to death like they did in Detroit.
It was the law department’s policy to settle virtually all claims—which meant that the transportation department became easy prey for personal-injury lawyers bringing cases with little or no merit, costing the city millions.
In the DDOT we tried to hire our own lawyers to fight these claims. But we were blocked by city charter provisions prohibiting any city department from hiring outside counsel without the approval of the Detroit City Council. When we inquired with the mayor’s office we were told that the union representing the law department—in Detroit, even the lawyers are unionized—would block any such approval.