The Sunday 12/14/08 Detroit Free Press editorial section “On Point” gives a good picture of why so many Americans seem to always support statist policies. They never hear of anything else. The theme of this week’s On Point is, the government is going to fix the cities and this is a good thing.
One editorial, “Relief for Detroit as Bush steps up” says in part:
“Another way, though, [to think of this-MN] is to be encouraged that something will yet be done, smaller and more temporary, but better than the alternative, especially for the people and businesses of Michigan.”
In other words, we should be happy the government is going to give us some aspirins to ease the pain so we won’t have to concern ourselves with the pain’s cause.
Still another editorial’s headline says it all:
“Metro Detroit must get its act together or miss out on benefits.
Expected federal programs hold new promise for cities”
Yes, and Detroit doesn’t want to miss out on its share of the loot. This editorial touts the existence of an urban agenda which in turn calls for “regionalism”:
“Without big changes in how southeast Michigan works as a region, history will repeat itself. In the 1970s, the region lost $600 million in federal aid to build a rail system because Detroit and the suburbs couldn’t agree on a plan. Instead of moving forward together, everyone lost.”
Translation: why wait for municipalities to do voluntarily that which a regional dictator could accomplish much faster. Or: city government has failed, State government has failed, so lets try regional government and see how that works! Sheer pragmatism.
The Freep also has the final installment of a year long editorial series on the need for a national agenda for cities. It calls for “Preserve and improve public housing and Section 8 units” and “Raise the Federal minimum wage to a living-wage level” and “Create a public works program to repair and maintain the nation’s infrastructure” just to name three out of 32.
There is still another editorial by Freep writer Jeff Gerritt which extols the benefits of Obama’s promise to fix cities.
But there are no voices telling readers that the size or geographical structure of government is not the solution to our problems, government control over the economy is the problem. “Regionalism” is nothing more than trying to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. We are still sinking in a sea of statism/collectivism/altruism and the only cure is capitalism/individualism/egoism.