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Ed Driscoll

Behold: the Last City, and the Last Democrat

July 26th, 2013 - 8:33 pm

“The Desperate Life of Carlos Danger” is explored by Heather Wilhelm of Real Clear Politics:

This week, the Onion featured a particularly timely satirical article: “Unambitious Loser With Happy, Fulfilling Life Still Lives in Hometown.” In the piece, friends express mystification at a happy man’s strange lifestyle choice:  “Sources close to Husmer reported that the man, who has meaningful, lasting personal relationships and a healthy work-life balance, is an unmotivated washout who’s perfectly comfortable being a nobody for the rest of his life.”

But somebody like Weiner, craving constant adulation, could never accept being a nobody. Neither could his wife, Huma Abedin, who reportedly pushed for him to run for mayor after his embarrassing congressional resignation, posed for a gushy family profile in People magazine while her husband was still sexting, and is set to publish a “vote for Anthony” personal profile in September’s Harper’s Bazaar. And neither, it should be noted, could Sydney Leathers.

Those who try to portray the Weiner saga as an issue of gender disparity, oppression, or sexism are reading from an old script. This is, quite simply, a power-hungry couple working together to claw their way up the political ladder, with a large splash of fame-crazed Internet dystopia served up on the side.

Meanwhile, Daniel Greenfield, the “Sultan Knish,” explores the desperate final days of America’s most dangerous city and writes its obituary, in a read-the-whole-thing post tilted “So Long Detroit”:

The crisis of the city is that it has become a welfare state, not just in fact, but in orientation. The city exists to take care of people who won’t take care of themselves. That makes it something between a homeless shelter and a state institution. And to rephrase Groucho Marx, the city may be a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution? Especially one whose chief appeal is to the people dragging it down, not those lifting it up?

The city’s troubles are America’s troubles. A thriving economy can support a welfare state, but a welfare state cannot be an economy. A country or a city needs a purpose that goes beyond providing services for populations that are incapable of doing the least smallest thing for themselves. Without that purpose, it is already a failed state.

Detroit exists to provide welfare for much of its population and to provide government jobs for the people taking care of them. And like those populations where generations collect welfare checks, shop with food stamps and aspire to no future other than the perpetuation of this way of life, the city that they live in has no future.

What was good for GM may or may not have been good for America, but what’s good for Detroit is the destruction of America.

As with Detroit, what’s good for Anthony Weiner is also the destruction of America, at least as it was once defined.

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What is most interesting to me is the dynamics of the collapse. Its really a two-tier system. At the top are the one who hand out the gravy and the bottom consists of those who only receive it. Now that they have run out of third parties to steal from the two groups are in conflict. There's not enough gravy to go around. Do you maintain the lifestyle of the top tier or the bottom? They can't do both anymore, and the common sense of absolute entitlement felt by both groups doesn't seem to be something they can compromise on by even the tiniest bit.

The only thing that can save the blue model cities is to give them power to steal from folks presently outside their jurisdictional limits. Be prepared for such efforts to be made, both openly and covertly. They will not quietly fade away without a struggle.
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That Weiner even stood a chance should scare the Hell out of people..

Look, when the democrat party has entire generations of activists and wonks and politicians who's only trade has been politics since a useless college degree.... you have the blind leading the insane..

None almost without exception,.. have either served in the services, or know anyone who has.. they did recruit a tiny few Iraq vets, but that's a pittance compared to those on the right.. our next gen up and coming are combat vets and business builders.. theirs?

poli sci majors with an attitude..

You can't keep dividing an ever shrinking pie, you have to GROPW the economy, something the left ignores entirely. Reagan understood this, and still has a 74% approval rating, even after two decades of liberal smear attacks on him. They mocked and ridiculed him.. but folks still fondly remember the Reagan boom years.

Now, the left's solutions, are to punish businesses which dare to try and make a profit.. Notice I said businesses, because corporations in many cases ahve bought theor protection through massive campaign donations to the left.. Goldman Sachs will always be safe from them..

The Mom and Pop local business struggling to succeed?... they are the ones democrats hammer with new regulations, and fines.. the biggest source of jobs is small business,.. and Obama has declared war on them, and use, in every possible way to fund his giant control you forever state.

Fixing what the left has ruined will take decades, and we'll only break the cycle, when it all crashes under the weight of their failures. Only when they are in power, do liberals think the leadership isn't responsible when it all comes to ruin, the public.. not so much..
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"can we recover ? we would need to fix the schools and clean up academia and the media. this would enable us to elect represenatives whoul could clean up the republic."

...Little of which can happen until public sector unions are banned. Such unions have permanently institutionalized political corruption. The first step should therefore be a constitutional amendment outlawing public sector unions.
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If you think George`s story is exceptional..., 4 weeks ago my sisters mother in-law also got paid $9428 putting in a 20 hour week from their apartment and their classmate's sister-in-law`s neighbour was doing this for 10-months and got a cheque for over $9428 in there spare time from their pc. apply the advice from this site... http://www.wep6.com
1 year ago
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they have had their 15 minutes of fame and of feeding at the public trough. Time for them to go on the trash heap of disgusting pieces of DNA
1 year ago
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I know it's been said but it bears repeating. If Obama had a city it would look like Detroit.
Keep repeating until it sinks in to all the LIV's out there.
1 year ago
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A man and a city that deserve each other.
1 year ago
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Unfortunately the Dems and their illiterate dependent charges won't go quietly off into the night with their heads hung in shame.
On one hand their ranks are full of class envy sowing, race baiting demogogues who could give Julius Steicher and Joseph Goebbels a run for the money. As tensions mount and failure beckons they're sure to incite the base to riot and burn down things as a payback to the scapegoated whites or Christians or Asians or whoever is a convenient target (maybe one day we'll have our Nuremburg trial for Sharpton and his ilk)
We've never seen several cities go into death throes simultaneously. At least in the 1930's there was a Christian ethic of civility and compassion to act as a safety net. Now there are barbarians inside the gate. I just spent a week in some of the edgier parts of LA. I wouldn't want to be there in a time of social and financial collapse. It might get ugly quickly
1 year ago
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Good stuff, Ed.

You too, Friederich.
1 year ago
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What is most interesting to me is the dynamics of the collapse. Its really a two-tier system. At the top are the one who hand out the gravy and the bottom consists of those who only receive it. Now that they have run out of third parties to steal from the two groups are in conflict. There's not enough gravy to go around. Do you maintain the lifestyle of the top tier or the bottom? They can't do both anymore, and the common sense of absolute entitlement felt by both groups doesn't seem to be something they can compromise on by even the tiniest bit.

The only thing that can save the blue model cities is to give them power to steal from folks presently outside their jurisdictional limits. Be prepared for such efforts to be made, both openly and covertly. They will not quietly fade away without a struggle.
1 year ago
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They already have a plan...

How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/08/13/how-obama-is-robbing-the-suburbs-to-pay-for-the-cities/
1 year ago
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Read Stanley Kurtz's "Spreading the Wealth" to see what Obama's War on the Suburbs is all about.
1 year ago
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In NY they already do it for many decades now. There are MTA taxes and talls they claim to support subway, there are various utilities taxes to support other city functions it took on itself. Like rent "stabilization" etc. In a sense state politicians look at the state as an appendage to the city.
1 year ago
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If New York (the state) were smart they would seriously look to what they are trying in Colorado and split themselves off from NYC and form a new state.
1 year ago
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There are Clintons and Muslim brothers behind this pair. Hillary is pushing and brothers are riding. So if dear Antony wins look for a victory mosque to be build.
1 year ago
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That Weiner even stood a chance should scare the Hell out of people..

Look, when the democrat party has entire generations of activists and wonks and politicians who's only trade has been politics since a useless college degree.... you have the blind leading the insane..

None almost without exception,.. have either served in the services, or know anyone who has.. they did recruit a tiny few Iraq vets, but that's a pittance compared to those on the right.. our next gen up and coming are combat vets and business builders.. theirs?

poli sci majors with an attitude..

You can't keep dividing an ever shrinking pie, you have to GROPW the economy, something the left ignores entirely. Reagan understood this, and still has a 74% approval rating, even after two decades of liberal smear attacks on him. They mocked and ridiculed him.. but folks still fondly remember the Reagan boom years.

Now, the left's solutions, are to punish businesses which dare to try and make a profit.. Notice I said businesses, because corporations in many cases ahve bought theor protection through massive campaign donations to the left.. Goldman Sachs will always be safe from them..

The Mom and Pop local business struggling to succeed?... they are the ones democrats hammer with new regulations, and fines.. the biggest source of jobs is small business,.. and Obama has declared war on them, and use, in every possible way to fund his giant control you forever state.

Fixing what the left has ruined will take decades, and we'll only break the cycle, when it all crashes under the weight of their failures. Only when they are in power, do liberals think the leadership isn't responsible when it all comes to ruin, the public.. not so much..
1 year ago
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"Goldman Sachs will always be safe from them.."

....Not so fast.

In the dystopia of socialism, the ideology must prevail, first, last and always. If it will suit the leftists to hang GS out to dry, they will do so. In fact, that's all part of the orgy of socialism. You can't have any of the bennies without being willing to take a sword as well.

But when those days come, and they will, the screaming will be blood-curdling.
1 year ago
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The personal is the political. Huma-Weiner see politics as an expansion of their marriage, and desire only the unlimited power to inflict their strange perversions on America. D.
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