Michigan under GOP rule continues to be a model for the rest of the country, and by “model” I mean “this is how we plan to make your hometown a miserable cesspool through the power of never ever raising revenues ever.”
As the sun dips below the rooftops each evening, parts of this Detroit enclave turn to pitch black, the only illumination coming from a few streetlights at the end of the block or from glowing yellow yard globes.
It wasn’t always this way. But when the debt-ridden community could no longer afford its monthly electric bill, elected officials not only turned off 1,000 streetlights. They had them ripped out — bulbs, poles and all. Now nightfall cloaks most neighborhoods in inky darkness.
“How can you darken any city?” asked Victoria Dowdell, standing in the halo of a light in her front yard. “I think that was a disgrace. She said the decision endangers everyone, especially people who have to walk around at night or catch the bus.
Highland Park’s decision is one of the nation’s most extreme austerity measures, even among the scores of communities that can no longer afford to provide basic services.
Other towns have postponed roadwork, cut back on trash collection and closed libraries, for example. But to people left in the dark night after night, removing streetlights seems more drastic. And unlike many other cutbacks that can easily be reversed, this one appears to be permanent.
Pretty sure Highland Park has closed libraries, cut trash collection and scrapped fixing streets to reach this point. Once again, the fact the GOP vision of government includes abdication of its most basic functions to the whims of the “free market” is a planned feature, not a bug. Those communities who are deserving will be able to afford luxuries like streetlights, those who can’t, it’s your gorram fault for being poor in the first place. If you parasites want to see at night, send your welfare checks in to the city so they can pay the electric bill or do what our Founding Fathers did and make your own candles out of whatever you have on-hand.
Besides, it’s car country up there. Just stack several tires or empty 55 gallon drums on each street corner, fill them with handily flammable urban detritus and light the sunzabitches up. Better we work out what we’ll need in this laboratory of libertarianism now rather than make costly mistakes with limited resources in the future when the rest of us have to go through this, so let us know what works when we have to go all Vault-Tec on everyone.
Meanwhile, what would cause people to move into Highland Park and create thousands of jobs would be tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. The GOP will get right on that!