For example: Detroit under the previous administration was so proud of shutting down businesses that hadn’t paid their licenses and fees, they bragged about it in press releases. The city threatened nearly 900 businesses with closure and followed through on nearly 400 businesses, shutting them down. Many of these were small businesses run out of homes and alley-facing garages, run by people who just wanted to take that first step up the economic ladder. One of those business owners, Derek Little, had a simple way to describe his frustration: ’I’m running a legit business… They could be doing something better.’ And while the city was shutting down people who were trying to build a business …it couldn’t even do its job correctly: The city was losing money writing parking tickets. Of course, on Amtrak they lose money on the snack car. They literally have a captive audience. But government inefficiency isn’t just irritating. It’s instructive. If the government can’t collect parking fines, or sell snacks on a train, why would government know how to enable every citizen to move up in life?
February 4, 2015 at 2:27 PM EST