Crime fees

DC Wants To Pay People Not To Commit Crime

I think the project should be named Danegeld.

Proposing we just give our lunch money to the bullies.

I do have questions:
How do they prove they didn’t commit a crime?
Seems rather like a payment for not getting caught.

What’s the risk of signing up, do you get a stiffer sentence if you fail?


Minimum Wages Surged In 6 Cities Last Year; Then This Happened
Another failed hypothesis.

Hiring at restaurants, hotels and other leisure and hospitality sector venues slowed markedly last year in metro areas that saw big minimum-wage hikes, new Labor Department data show.

Wherever cities implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more last year, the latest data through December show that job creation downshifted to the slowest pace in at least five years.

Will this experiment be treated like the climate models, or will its proponents actually pay attention to whether their predictions match reality?

I’m betting the former.

Dark side of the Moonbeam

California Governor Jerry Brown:

Never underestimate the coercive power of the central state in the service of good.

Or evil, Governor Brown, you oh so Superior Man.

Meanwhile, California Climate Policies Chilling Housing Growth.

And, Can California Be Saved? I know which way I’d bet.

@TheJuanWilliams confuses cause and effect

The evidence is not that whites oppose Obama’s policies because of his melanin content, but that blacks support those policies because of it.

Blacks are the group most hurt by 40-50 years of Democrat rule in all our major cities. Blacks are disproportionately harmed by Barack Obama’s immigration policies and support for the NEA’s anti-charter school propaganda. Black unemployment is sky high and black middle-class home ownership has fallen drastically. If the results are against blacks’ interests, what is an alternative explanation for their ongoing support of the black politicians who failed them?

Oh, and it’s deliciously ironic that Williams was fired by NPR over his ‘racial’ comments about Muslims. And he wasn’t treated very well by Vivian Schiller (former President and CEO, National Public Radio): “If you want to be a political activist, you may not also be a reporter or news analyst for NPR. His [Williams] feelings that he expressed on FOX News are really between him and his, you know, psychiatrist or his publicist.”

The whole PBS enterprise is an exercise in leftwing political activism. They just couldn’t stand the fact that Williams appeared on Fox News.

I hope Williams is on Special Report tonight and that Krauthammer is, too.

Man-caused Disasters

Maybe this is what Big Sis was actually talking about when she said “man-caused disasters:” The socio-cultural lines that can be drawn straight from former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young to Trayvon Martin.

Young’s effect on the cultural values of Detroit, resulting eventually in the election of Kwame Kilpatrick, are echoed in today’s standardized, pervasive inner city culture, and reflected in the gangster government of Barack Obama and Eric Holder. This culture has more to do with Trayvon Martin’s death than concealed carry permits (very little) or stand your ground laws (absolutely nothing). If that seems like a stretch, you have to remember that George Zimmerman’s acquittal is being called racist, as was the appointment of Kevyn Orr as Detroit’s Emergency Manager. For the same reasons:

The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment
Black leaders weren’t so much outraged at injustice as they were by the disregard of their own authority.
Shelby Steele

The civil-rights leadership rallied to Trayvon’s cause (and not to the cause of those hundreds of black kids slain in America’s inner cities this very year) to keep alive a certain cultural “truth” that is the sole source of the leadership’s dwindling power. Put bluntly, this leadership rather easily tolerates black kids killing other black kids. But it cannot abide a white person (and Mr. Zimmerman, with his Hispanic background, was pushed into a white identity by the media over his objections) getting away with killing a black person without undermining the leadership’s very reason for being…

One wants to scream at all those outraged at the Zimmerman verdict: Where is your outrage over the collapse of the black family? Today’s civil-rights leaders swat at mosquitoes like Zimmerman when they have gorillas on their back. Seventy-three percent of all black children are born without fathers married to their mothers. And you want to bring the nation to a standstill over George Zimmerman?

How the Media Has Distorted a Tragedy
Cathy Young destroys the Liberal talking points about the attempted railroading of George Zimmerman. You need to know these before attempting to discuss Zimmerman’s acquittal with a Trayvon Martin aficionado.

In a bid for the surreality Hall of Fame, Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina moves us to the Detroit bankruptcy, by citing “failure to honor president Obama” as a reason to stay the Detroit bankruptcy proceeding.

Ingham County judge rules Detroit bankruptcy be withdrawn; Schuette appeals
Gary Heinlein

“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant state Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

She thinks so much of her action that she directed a copy of the declaratory judgment be sent to President Obama, probably intending it be made part of the eventual Presidential Library humor section. Maybe she’s looking for a Federal appointment.

Then Edward McClelland strikes again (see post below for comment on his earlier excuses for Detroit.)
Detroit is your problem, too

Detroit’s bankruptcy affects Oakland County, the state of Michigan, and really, every state, county and municipality in the nation. If Detroit defaults on its general obligation bonds, governments everywhere — but especially in Michigan — may end up paying more to borrow money, as the bond market responds to the precedent set by a major city returning pennies on the dollar to investors. When a state’s largest city goes bankrupt, it creates an increased risk for all the governments around it — including the state itself…

L. Brooks Patterson built a career out of telling his constituents that Detroit’s problems were not their problems. Now that they are, his constituents are going to pay for it.

Michigan’s refusal to share responsibility for Detroit’s finances goes all the way back to the 1970s, when Republican governor William Milliken proposed a regional tax base — only to have the plan shot down by the state legislature. Had Milliken been successful, Detroit would not be in bankruptcy today.

I looked for the sentence “When a state’s largest city is so thoroughly venal, it creates an increased risk for all the governments around it — including the state itself…,” in vain.

Mr. McClelland’s point is that every Michigan taxpayer should have been paying for Detroit’s corruptocrat government all along. He’s right that Detroit would not be in bankruptcy today only in the sense that the whole state would be. It’s like cheering for the metastasis to win.

One wonders if either McClelland or Aquilina felt the same sympathy for the GM and Chrysler bondholders. McClelland would probably have argued for tariff barriers to be raised against imported cars, and Aquilina would declare their importation unconstitutional because of the threat to UAW pension plans. Oh wait, if it wasn’t for screwing over the bondholders, there would be no UAW pension plans.

Mr. McClelland again blames “all the white people” who fled Detroit, oblivious to the fact that anyone who could leave Detroit, has left Detroit, superficial melanin content notwithstanding.

As to “white flight”, it wasn’t just white people, or even white Hispanics, who left Detroit:
The Unheavenly City
Michael Barone

Detroit’s black population peaked at 777,000 in 1990; it leveled off to 775,000 in 2000 and plunged to 590,000 in 2010. Blacks with decent jobs and steady habits have been moving to the suburbs or back to their grandparents’ South, and those who remain tend to be the people with no good alternative and no hope.

#BlueModel Detroit

“Sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.”
– Margaret Thatcher.

People’s lives are being ruined by Detroit’s bankruptcy. Pensioners may get only 10% of what was promised them. The health insurance they expected will vanish.

People will blame Republicans; though even our current president refuses to bail out Detroit. They will say big business is at fault; even though they are now simply getting a taste of what they cheered when the GM and Chrysler bondholders were gutted. They will decry the white exodus; really just a symptom. None of those factors caused the problem.

The root cause is half a century of increasing corruption, cronyism and race-based machine politics. Detroit’s failure is because of 50 years of Progressive “governance.”

If only Detroit could print money…

Update: 3:17PM
In a Salon article, Edward McClelland confirms “white flight” is the problem, because people with the means to do so moved out of Detroit. His suggestion? Make the suburbs merge with Detroit.

Mr. McClelland’s preferred solution is to subject a larger base of serfs to Detroit’s looting power. But, the problems which drove people out of Detroit haven’t changed – they’ve just come to fruition. Binding more taxpayers over to Detroit would solve nothing. It would just convince the demagogues and ward heelers that other people’s money doesn’t run out.

Flight to the suburbs didn’t cause Detroit’s failure, it’s a logical consequence of the way in which Detroit has been governed for 50 years. Too bad the voters in Detroit didn’t get it in time. I doubt they get it yet.

McClelland claims Detroit was stiffed by the State when it didn’t get the quid of more State money (taxes collected outside of Detroit) for the quo of lowering its city income tax. He fails to consider how much faster and deeper the flight to the suburbs would have been without that tax cut. Overtaxing came first, not urban desertion.

But the worst part of this article is that it never even mentions the uninterrupted string of venal Democrat politicians and union-boss rent seekers since the 60s. Nor does it acknowledge that people might willingly share services, or even move back into Detroit, if the malfeasance, nepotism, graft, bribery, embezzlement and fraud were removed. It took 50 years to kill Detroit. It will take at least that long to restore the trust that McClelland documents as preventing regional co-operation.

Mr. McClelland wants to export Detroit’s corrupt profligacy to the surrounding areas. Instead, why not just force people to move to Detroit? Then, we’d be spared a McClelland article 20 years hence titled, “Who killed the Detroit Metro area as far west as Grand Rapids?”