A Young American speaks out about Detroit
By: Julia Sieben
Dylan Porter and Josh Sikora are young American students with a dream. Dylan starts eleventh grade this fall, but already has aspirations to run for Congress one day. What sets Dylan apart from most his age, is that he does not see the path of liberalism in all of its social programs as a means for economic freedom in his future.
While most young men in their teens are more worried about their next text message rather than the direction our country is going, Dylan started a social media page to address exactly those concerns. His page on Facebook is called American Conservative Triumph – ACT, and if you have time I would recommend you show this man your support by liking his page, and taking time to read some of his material.
One of Dylan and Josh’s main concerns has been the bankruptcy of Detroit. Maybe that should make sense. They live in the northeast where, for generations, the Big Three, Mo Town, and the invention of the assembly line set the pace for American ingenuity, success, and lifestyles. What came out of Detroit set the stage for the direction of the rest of the nation, from cars to music.
I would like to introduce you to these of the young Conservatives from ACT: Joshua Sikora and Dylan Porter
The Bankruptcy of Detroit.
By: Joshua Sikora
With Detroit recently declaring bankruptcy, it shows us that liberal economic policies do not work. Detroit has been run by Democrats since 1962. That is 51 years without a Conservative putting their touch on the once great city.
Detroit was once one of America’s greatest cities. It was the home of the Ford Motor Company who made cars available to the average American. Its manufacturing power created thousands of jobs and gave a tremendous boost to the economy. But once the Left came in and put in their policies, the city began to fall. Now, after half a century, the city is out of money and manufacturing has disappeared.
This begs the question: What economic policies DO work?
The answer: Conservative economic policies. If you look at a list of the top 10 economic performing states, 7 or 8 of the 10 would be conservative states. If you look at Texas they just had a multi-billion dollar surplus. That’s good economics there.
The main idea of conservative economics is more economic freedom, the more freedom, the better the performance. Just take a look at North Dakota.
North Dakota has recently moved largely into the oil industry by drilling on government land. Because of this, North Dakota has seen a HUGE economic boom.
Proof of this can be found all over. Wal-Mart trainees are being paid $17.10 an hour (That’s more than my mother makes with nearly a decade of experience in her job). Employers in the service industry cannot find enough employees to fill their demand. Unemployment is at 3-4%, which is considered full employment.
However my favorite story of all, is a man with no college degree, no experience in the oil industry hears about North Dakota, picks up his family and moves there. One year later, he has a SIX-FIGURE SALARY. Now THAT my friends, is what I call The American Dream.
Imagine if we put conservative economic policies all throughout the country. What is going on in North Dakota could be going on in every state.
Now people might argue against this with the environmental factors of oil, but this is not the time to get into that. That will come later.
North Dakota shows how much our country as a whole can climb to superb economic power. Our GDP is about 7 trillion ahead of the nearest country. But if we could tap into oil, we could climb to 17 trillion beyond.
Now there are other aspects to economic freedom. For example, there is the idea of minimum wage, where employers have to pay a certain amount per hour to their employees.
However, this damages the economy and the ability for people to have jobs. If the minimum wage were abolished, that would greatly improve our economy.
How so? Think about it. If companies pay their employees less, the lower they are able to lower their prices. This will cause a massive ripple effect of lowering the cost of virtually everything.
Also, employers will then be able to hire more people, which will lower the unemployment rate and help pump more money into the economy.
Taxes are also a tremendous burden on the economy. The more taxes, the less money people can buy products with. How can an economy survive, if no one can afford to buy anything?
Companies cannot produce as much or hire as much because of their tax burden. This will reduce the amount of products in the market, driving up the price. Higher prices mean fewer purchases and fewer producers for the poor and middle class.
There is a very simple solution to how to reduce the tax burden on everyone. We just have to think of the government as an addict. Because it is, it is addicted to taxes and spending.
We need to perform three years of spending cuts, and then one year of tax cuts. Keep repeating this cycle until taxes are almost nonexistent. Then, the government needs to keep a surplus going, and use the surplus to open up different businesses or whatever in order to keep its revenue going.
With this, taxes should be able to be very low and eventually we can erase taxes all together.
Welfare is also a very grave danger. It is a highly abused and overused system. What needs to be done first off is tighten the requirements for welfare programs. There are quite a number of people who do not need their benefits. In fact, there are a number of MILLIONAIRES receiving some form of welfare. I do not think they need it.
Next, in exchange for programs like food stamps and cash assistance, recipients should have to do government jobs to get them. This way, they are productive while getting their check. At the same time, they will be learning skills that could be useful in the private sector, so they can move into those jobs.
Other programs, like Medicare need to be reduced. For example, under Medicare, a sex change is covered. Why should I have to pay for a senior’s sex change? There is waste like this in the entire welfare system.
Conservative economics work, and can do great things for our great country. Liberal policies only destroy once great cities like Detroit.