The great thing about a union-dominated, government-centered economy like they have in Detroit is that if you are lucky enough to get a job, you are unlikely to lose it — even if the job serves no purpose. For example:
Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer.
Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is “not possible” to eliminate positions.
As presumably even the people running it know, Detroit is going bankrupt due to decades of liberal rule.
A recent independent report about the DWSD [Detroit Water and Sewerage Department] recommends that the city trim more than 80 percent of the department’s workforce. …
In response to the report, John Riehl, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 207, which represents many of the DWSD employees, told the Detroit Free Press that the department needs more workers.
Former city administrator Roi Chinn explains:
“As the bureaucracy thickens and union power grows, there is always a built in reflex … to want more.”
This is the same economically lethal disease Scott Walker earned such ferocious hatred from liberals by fighting in Wisconsin. As Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press writes,
“For unions and the whole idea of collective bargaining, this is the kind of report that just makes any sort of future very, very hard to negotiate. It suggests that collective bargaining turns government into a provider of jobs instead of public services.”
The useless government jobs provide outlandishly extravagant benefits. For example, the horseshoer makes $29,245 in salary and $27,000 in bennies. Since the taxes needed to pay for this are strangling the economy, there aren’t enough relatively poorly paid private sector workers to support the government parasites. So cities like Detroit go into debt and wait for the federal government to bail them out.
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