Rhode Island City And Union Labor

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Here's a heartwarming story about a city in Rhode Island filing for bankruptcy. One of my favorite quotes is that they have always "been progressive". The final paragraph is very telling, be sure to read all the way through.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/01/us-rhodeisland-centralfalls-id...

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Wiki and Google tell us that this "city" has about the population of Monroe or Perrysburg, but is the smallest city in the USA and also happens to be the most dense.

Apparently that economy of scale on the municipal level didn't make a damned bit of difference, and the place is trying to service $80 million in debt on $17 million in income.

Of course, that debt isn't infrastructural. Those of us who know the games that Liberals and unions like to play, are unsurprised when we learn that that $80 million is largely due to "pensions & pensioneer health insurance". So the municipal government literally destroyed itself due to union demands, since all such government work forces are unionized.

When a union demands that the funders be destroyed, then it's long since time to destroy that union instead.

However, demographics explain why such a thing happened, per the Wiki entry:

"The racial makeup of the city was 57.16% White, 5.82% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 28.35% from other races, and 7.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.77% of the population."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Falls,_Rhode_Island#Demographics

Any place in the USA that's subject to this level of "diversity" becomes an economic shitpit. After all, it only takes a minor uptick in the percentages of Blacks and Hispanics before White Flight becomes a tsunami of demographic change, and of course businesses follow the Whites when that happens. The core of the municipality, area or region simply collapses economically.

You can shriek and howl about how "racist" that is to note, but it's still true and it's still the Prime Mover in American economics and culture.

In case you were wondering, THIS is the sort of racial composition that sustains a viable municipality in the U.S. today:

The racial makeup of the city was 95.34% White, 1.03% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.77% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.05% of the population.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perrysburg,_Ohio#Demographics

They should tax the rich! Because that's what you do when faced with deficits and out-of-control spending: you ignore the core problem, blame a group of people, propose a "solution" when that doesn't work you return to step 1.

GZ there is some truth to what you say but I have seen much more culturally diverse areas do well. It speaks more to the socio-economic status of the nations minorities than it does to the socio-economic status of a region than anything. But as we've spoken before the reliance upon the public school system of America has and will continue to be a failed experiement.

The Dept of Education should be renamed the Dept of Failure because under it's tenure the children have gotten progressively dumber and less likely to succeed. I also believe you are right with our schools should defocus away from teaching things like Calculus and reengage on things like teaching real life survival. I believe this is why home schoolers do much better regardless of their racial culture, geopolitical area, or social status.

MikeyA

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