Friday, November 17, 2006
It's Time To Get Rid Of The Progressives by Akindele Akinyemi
It's time to take a look at getting rid of some of the "progressive" members of government in urban communities around Metro Detroit. This includes getting rid of dead weight on the Detroit City Council. You know the people who side with the unions and never side with their own.
These people are stalling our efforts to transform Detroit around into a world class city. They still think it's 1975 and have forgotten it's 2006.
Right now Detroit is in a deficit and it's time that we take a look at what we can do to bring our city back.
In terms of city government we must begin to privitize and cut costs at all levels.
For example, when Democrat Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, was mayor of Philadelphia, he privatized 49 city services, saving $275 million. The list of services privatized included golf courses and print shops to parking garages and prison services. By privatizing one nursing home, for instance, the city saved nearly $27 million a 54 percent reduction.
In the City of Indianapolis, Indianapolis saves $15 million annually by privatizing trash collection. Privatizing the city's sewer plant saved an additional $68 million a 44 percent cut.
There are other ideas that we can use to get Detroit out of the hole includes:
1. Contract city services to competitive private firms with proven track records.
2. Dramatically downsize the city bureaucracy, now one of the largest per capita in the Midwest.
The use of private contractors would allow the city to decrease its bureaucracy substantially. Through fiscal 2005, the city of Detroit maintained a complement of about 18,600 employees, yielding a resident per-city-employee ratio of just over 48-to-1. By contrast, Indianapolis maintains a ratio of about 203-to-1. Detroit's poverty makes this gap inexcusable.
For those who are pro-Black and down with the movement this would be a great example to start YOUR own business that you can contract. Of course, we never think about this because we are too dependent on government to take care of us.