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Scott Ott

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February 22, 2013 - 8:38 am

Gloom hangs on Detroit like a pair of sopping wet, beltless trousers on a street thug.

The Detroit News reveals that more than half of city residents ignore the property tax bill, and those who do pay it feel like suckers.

Of course, conservatives may rail that this is the byproduct of decades of ‘progressive’ governance. Not so fast. We may be seeing the development of a conservative Utopia.

You see, the city and most its residents have reached an agreeement. For its part, the city refrains from providing basic safety and infrastructure maintenance, while the residents do their part by investing their erstwhile tax dollars in food, clothing and recreational items (instead of taxes), all of which stimulates the economy.

So, if you want smaller government and lower taxes, the secret is to rapidly grow the size of government until it collapses.

Scott Ott co-hosts a news, commentary and humor show called Trifecta on PJTV. He created and hosted the 20-part series on the Constitution titled Freedom's Charter. His satire site, ScrappleFace, spawned three books and praise from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and many others.

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God save the king, he ain't no human being.
No future, No future, No future for meeee....
1 year ago
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Conservatives don't want anarchy. Conservatives don't have a problem with certain services like police, fire and rescue, water, streets, libraries. The problems are the handouts and excessive number of over-paid and -pensioned bureaucrats. These are the things wrecking city, state and federal governments not basic and necessary services.
1 year ago
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Conservative utopia?

It's a hell right out of Atlas Shrugged. It's called Starnsville.

It hits the nail on the head almost perfectly even down to it being a one-time advanced center of the automobile industry.
1 year ago
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So, in Detroit, we see rampant crime, crunbling infrastructure, and schools that don't teach. I'm guessing that many, if not most of the citizens remaining are receiving some sort of government aid and find it hard to pay for necessities, much less taxes imposed by a corrupt and unresponsive local government. The way things are going, we may see such a response by citizens at the Federal level, especially when ObamaCare goes into full implementation. If this happens, watch out! We'll see chaos on a scale that hasn't been seen since the fall of the the western Roman empire in the late 5th century AD. Read Robert Heinlein's "Friday" for a glimpse into the possible future - it won't be pretty.
1 year ago
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If half of city residents can welch on taxes with zero repercussions that is a problem even Chapter 9 BK cannot solve. These are "fall of Rome" conditions; recall that the empire fell apart because, in part, the taxes could not be collected. This means the total disappearance of the city, save for the few sliivers of the downtown and a few somewhat prosperous nabes. I don't think we have ever seen anything like this in this country.
1 year ago
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deiscient: This means the total disappearance of the city...

It's a good thing. The city is a hot bed to grow corrupt politicians. The best thing that happens is for the city to die, and the creation of small, manageable villages and towns whose elected officials are more accountable to their neighbors.
1 year ago
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If the city dies a diaspora is more likely. Those welfare recipients and criminals will spread out to other cities. The liberals may remain because their parts of town and their suburbs you can bet are well maintained. Then again, they might spread as well. That's a tide we really don't need since those who have already come cause enough harm.
1 year ago
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Buddy, you got no idea........ I live pre-cisely 5.5 miles due west of the N/West corner of Detroit and it is something to behold, but not in a 'good' fashion. They're spreading out to where Me and Wifey live and we've already got a seperate but equal PTA, DBA the African-American PTA with no whites allowed at meetings.
Who knows where this leads but inclusion is seemingly not in the cards for quite a while.......
1 year ago
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So, if you want smaller government and lower taxes, the secret is to rapidly grow the size of government until it collapses.

Or, as I use to say:

subvert the subversion !
1 year ago
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I never saw the logic in the C-P strategy. When the state fails, as they expect it to, how can that result in anything but disaster for those most dependent upon public largesse? That entire worldview always struck me more as psychopathic fantasy than anything else; that is unless the end goal is simply to groove on the rubble.
1 year ago
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Hey, isn't that the Left's own Cloward-Piven strategy? Something tells me it's still more likely to work to their benefit than ours...
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Ooops ! the HTML tags don't work any longer...
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