earmarked to help the homeless.
Audio from one exchange in particular was played on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program today.
That’s right, it’s “Obama money.” From “his stash.”
I have family in Michigan. My father was born there and grew up there, and I spent a great number of holidays during my childhood there. In fact, my 91-year-old grandmother still lives in the outskirts of the Motor City and, because she is very ill and unfortunately fading fast, the probability of me returning to Detroit at some point in the next year is sadly very high. My wife and I were there last year for her 90th birthday. It was tough seeing her through the cobwebs of age. I remember crying as I said goodbye and gave her a hug, likely for the last time.
And as we started our ten-hour journey back to Philadelphia, road construction and a drunk GPS device got us lost downtown. Between seeing my grandmother the way she was, and seeing Detroit the way it was, this was definitely not the Motor City of my childhood.
It’s terrible to see what’s going on inside of Seven Mile. I don’t want to see people homeless, and those fortunate enough to have homes unable to pay bills to maintain them and stay there. But we need to keep in mind why the economy in Detroit and Michigan as a whole is the way it is.
Lawmakers there need to make their state and their cities attractive to business again. Reduce taxes. Temper the regulatory burden. Break the union stranglehold. Only then will jobs come to these people. Only then will lasting change take place.
In the meantime, I’m still trying to keep my blood pressure down after listening to people completely oblivious to where the stimulus money is coming from, and hearing them complain about the inconvenience of standing in line to receive taxpayer money for support. If these people don’t want to stand in line to receive my money and your money for nothing, what motivation do they have to work from nine to five should they be given the opportunity?