Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
- La Rochefoucauld, French Classical Writer (1613-1680)
Political Rehab, Day 21: This is my ninth post from political rehab, so I’m well off the pace of 30 non-political posts in 30 days, but I feel I’ve done quite well keeping it off the politics. Sure, I talked a bit about the Bin Laden kill, but managed to avoid any political ranting at all. Kudos to me and my self-restraint.
As the procession of factories and jobs has been leaving Detroit over the decades, the exodus of people has followed. Where once a vibrant city had a population of 1.8 million in 1950, the population of Detroit had dwindled to 714,000 in 2010, dropping 26 percent in the last decade alone. It becomes a vicious cycle, less jobs equals more crime, residents leave the crime-ridden neighborhoods, larger sections of the city and suburbs begin to resemble ghost towns, property values decline further, providing more incentive for people to get out of Dodge while they still can.
Well, on Sunday’s Meet the Press, the Mayor of New York offered up this innovative idea for revitalizing the Motor City:
“Take a look at the big, old, industrial cities, Detroit, for example… the population has left. You’ve got to do something about that. And if I were the federal government, assuming you could wave a magic wand and pull everybody together, you pass a law letting immigrants come in as long as they agreed to go to Detroit and live there for five or ten years. Start businesses, take jobs, whatever. You would populate Detroit overnight because half the world wants to come here,” Bloomberg said. “We still are the world’s greatest democracy. We still have hope that if you want to have a better life for yourself and your kids, this is where you want to come.” – Mayor Bloomberg
source: Fox News
The first thing that comes to mind is the Castros in Cuba opening up their prisons again, giving all the released prisoners one-way tickets to American shores, so it couldn’t be a complete free for all, but this is a pretty brilliant idea, really.
All y’all illegals in Arizona, don’t want to worry about getting asked for papers when you get pulled over? Just move to Detroit, you’ll never have to worry about them rednecks again!
And while illegals get most of the headlines, for the millions looking to immigrate to this country by legal means, it is a long, long line, with many applicants waiting for years before they finally are given the chance to come over. You want to cut to the front of that line? Detroit awaits, my friends! All you have to do is agree to be a resident for five or ten years.
Of course, for the city with the largest Muslim population in America, I’m sure many would see Detroit becoming a magnet for Jihadists were we to open up the immigrant floodgates, but it would come down to a matter of having the proper screening, really. Maybe that and a few undercover agents in all the local mosques, but it’s not like the city could get much more dangerous than it already is.
Given a chance to prosper in the land of opportunity, there is no group of people with more drive to succeed than the first generation American immigrants. If Detroit could tap into the energy of a million or two people like that, there’d be no stopping a Motor City Comeback.