Well you might of guessed it, in this article I am going to compare two cites. The city of Detroit and my home town of Provo Utah, which by the way I am a candidate for the Provo City Mayor position. I know what you may be saying “well I do not live in Provo”. Well you can still apply what you learn in this article and this comparison to your own city, because if you look deep enough I am sure that there is a a good majority of other cities out there in the same predicament as Provo and or Detroit.
Before I get started let me first state what the proper role of governance is to protect ones Liberty and to Promote the general happiness. With such areas like police, fire, infrastructure. Infrastructure such as roads, sewage, water, etc. Another proper role that government should be involved with is not only providing a transparent republican form of governance, but one that performs routine audits of all the city programs so that the city is running lean and mean.
Think back to the 1950’s when Detroit was up 2 million in population, 6 auto manufacturers, an extremely hustle and bustle time for the once great metropolitan cities. Now Detroit is bankrupt, ruined and looking to rebuild. Why and how could such a travesty occur in an American city that fostered such wonderful ideas using the free enterprise system?! America’s heart land?! Well I will tell you briefly. In the fifties politicians started “and had been” wasting money in areas that they had no right to. Areas such as the Fords Theater, Resonance Center, The People Mover, etc. Encouraging this tax and spend scam promoting their version of government ran business and or government ran welfare system. Funding these areas first before they funded the necessities allowing the crime to sky rocket the debt to sky rocket and the roads to waste away. Now they have about 40 billion dollar debt, a 1-2 month response time for the police, etc. Heck from time to time they even had rioting with in the city in the late sixties and seventies.
My home town of Provo Utah has many of the similar situations. Currently we have an Art’s Center with about 500,000 in tax subsidies. A 53 million dollar after interest Recreation Center that we will be paying on for the next 19 years. An 80 million dollar IProvo debt after interest “internet company”, and no Google is not paying a cent of that debt. Two past road bond debts totaling 15 million dollars after interest. A Library that will finally be getting paid off in February. A Golf course that sometimes loses money or breaks even. The city has seen over 240 different fee increases and or creation of new fees. There is talk of creating a separate road fund fee to add to the Utility bill, when the bill is supposed to be used for the power company which the city also owns. The city is still in threat of seeing property tax increase. In the year 2014 there will be discussions to implement a RAP Tax. According to the most recent proposal for the bicycle trail city wide project. The first phase will cost the city 5.5 million, and one can only assume that the other two phases will cost the same per phase totaling an estimate 17 million before interest. Which may I add the city just barely got done with a “truth in taxation” hearing looking for ways to fund the roads and at no time was this bicycle plan was mentioned as being apart of the road reconstruction. Which by the way that bicycle plan also eludes to a CARE Tax. The city has passed a mandatory opt out not in recycling program raising that those fees as well. The city has created a Poverty Fund declaring war on poverty. The city continues to reauthorize the HUD program. Which mandates the city to match any level of private donation to housing projects while keeping the addiction to the federal funds which I like to call crack cocaine. That program also forces the city to stay up on maintenance costs of the projects. In central/west provo in the area where the Boulders Apartment complex resides “federal government housing” crime is through the roof, I suspect it is because of that federal subsidized housing. The city has welcome UTA’s front runner with open arms and continues to do so with UTA’s rapid transit system. The citizens continue to be ignored while the corporations get their way, and over 30% property rights violations with in the city “violations of the Constitution”. To top it off the Mayor took a 20 thousand pay raise from 100k to 120k per year.
Now if we look at what has gone on nation wide since the fifties, and what is coming down the pipe line. Looking at our currency since we first started going off the gold standard in the thirties and finally off of the gold standard under the Nixon years in the seventies. We have seen an inflationary rate of our dollar since 1970 of 4.29% annually, and 3.22% annually since the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913. We have seen this flawed Boom and Bust cycle thanks to Keynesian economics instituted since the turn of the century. Making the span of the busts between the booms closer and closer together. The last boom that we saw because of this form of Keynesian policy was President Obama’s Stimulus plan in 2009. Which lasted about a year is all. Right now currently our nation is faced with yes the currency bubble that is expected to burst soon, the student loan bubble to burst soon. The Housing/derivative bubble that we still have not seen the bottom of, and over 100 trillion dollars unaccounted for world wide. Traditionally speaking it only takes one major event to get the ball rolling with all of these bubbles bursting.
What can we do now? Well it is simple get out of debt as a city and as individuals, build ones food storage from an individual level, build that relationship closer with God and his Laws, get involved now at your city and local government levels. Keep them in check! With that in mind we must awaken as a people to take the bare basic step and vote in our local elections. Situations like Provo’s 9% voting participation rate in the primary is not only pitiful and sad. We can do much much better. I know that we can and I have hope that we can.