Friday, November 21, 2008

Developing A New Strategy by Akindele Akinyemi

While I am traveling across the State of Michigan and talking to people about the Republican Party I am hearing things such as change and innovation from people who sat this election out because of how disconnected the GOP has become with the outside world.

The facts are the facts; some GOP leaders, and Michigan citizens, have in fact been arrogant at times, selfish at times, focused on a me conversation, rather than a we discussion, we have been greedy, short term obsessed, and living dangerously beyond our means.

Sometimes we need an ass beating to reminds us that we should be held accountable for our actions.

But the fact is also that Michigan is a great, amazing state, where dreams continue to come true, and that it is because of the unyielding hope and optimism and creativity of the Michigan spirit, translated and moved forward by its people, that this is so.

The GOP must become universal. It must be able to embrace urban conservatism. This form of conservatism has nothing to do with someone living in an urban area. It has something to do with making an connection with the rest of the world. This is why I push for education, push for the Michigan Fair Tax and push for mass transit to create a financial market like Dubai or Singapore. Our inner cities are not . They need to be restructured and re created and must become developed.

Under an urban conservative vision we are making connections with our global partners. Out of this experience comes the strength of the argument that the inner cities in Michigan must be a responsive and activist community, rooted in the historical struggles of the people, and aligned to meeting their current and future strategic economic, social and political aspirations.

We need to be honest that Anti-Free market development in the inner cities in Michigan and self-reliance agents argue that places like Detroit needs union investment and that a monopoly on education are not the cause of Detroit’s problems, but the solution. The need for unionized investment cannot be denied, but when these investments result in a hemorrhage of public funds and natural resources, without benefit to the people, they certainly are not the solution.

The challenge, as most agree, is to grow key productive sectors of the economy such as imports and exports, and expand manufacturing and infrastructure, while investing in quality education and health care, in order to unleash economic growth. Endowed with vast mineral resources and human capital, Detroit and other inner cities in Michigan should collectively decide how to use these abundant resources for her development and for the improvement of Michigan lives.

This should be every urban conservative aim in Michigan.

But unfortunately, some Detroit leaders mimic failed s and development paths that has not benefited the community at-large.

Therefore, this will all remain meaningless if and unless urban conservatives begin to lead discussions to help develop inter-state trade in earnest. The lack of clear economic policies, which will inform and transform economic policies in areas such as Detroit into a vessel for articulation of economic interests across the state. As long as Detroit and other inner cities consider their international political and economic strategic interests intertwined with failed liberal policies, our inner cities will remain fragmented.

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