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The Model Cities Program, What Was the Aftermath?
There is an assumption made in our country which I find troubling. That assumption is that we live in a vacuum cut off from our memories and evidence of current events which could shape our opinions. You probably need a few examples to understand, in context, what the heck I am talking about. Sometimes I’ll hear someone on the left refer to the, “discredited supply side policies of the past 8 years,” like the principles of a free market economy didn’t produce the wealthiest nation on the planet for the past 230 years. Sometimes I’ll hear someone on the left say, Canada and England have nationalized medical care which provide models we should follow, as if those systems haven’t in fact turned into complete disasters and act as a noose around the necks of the citizens of those nations. Proof of this is a full 57% of British Citizens admitting to performing their own woodshed tooth extractions despite having full free dental care provided. The traffic of Canadian Citizens popping up in American hospitals for cash only medical care staggers the imagination, especially considering their medical care is provided free. (In the previous two examples, free is the wrong word. there is a cost, it is just not paid by the individual citizen.) We are told endlessly by liberals how we need to spend more on public schools in urban areas because it is not fair that the education there lags behind those in suburban areas. Guess what, the 10 school districts which spend the most per student are also the 10 worst performing school districts in the country.
We have tried the policies the left advocates, just not on a national level. As it turns out, we have wonderful laboratories where liberalism has been allowed to reign, unchecked for decades at a time. One of those areas holds a special place in my heart. I lived in the Detroit area for 5 years, and can identify with the people who fell prey to the policies offered as a solution for the rest of us. I understand the desire of every person to help those people who need help, the question is, what is the best way to avoid those things which tug on our heart strings. When the policies people advocate to mitigate the disastrous effects of previous attempts at social engineering cause the problems which are so objectionable, at what point do we stop and reverse course? The best way to help people in need is allow them to pull themselves out of that strata of society.
Watch the video below to see the illustration of my point.
Detroit was a model city before the program, in fact it was in many ways the envy of the rest of the country. $400 Million from the taxpayers into the city in 1965 ultimately produced the results you see above. Think long and hard about what tomorrows vote looks like. If we as a nation continue down the Socialist path, this is what our future looks like.
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