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#1 Apr 13, 2013
I have actually been in the driver's seat of something like this. It's a shame to depicts something in such a state of disrepair when it was so elegant at the time.
#2 Apr 26, 2013
A real metaphor for Detroit isn't it??
it was a grand specimen, state of the art of car design in 1947 but sorely out of place today. a gas guzzling, heavy Handling (it was not equipped with power steering) & heavy looking ( close to 5000 pounds) really out of style beast in 2013.
Because the car was abused, lacking love, not properly maintained, not protected from the elements by a garage, it has fallen in to state of disrepair, unusable in its present state all rusted out, missing vital parts, a rusting hulk
a rusted hulk worth only scrap metal value.
yea it does sound very much like a description of Detroit today..........
#3 Apr 26, 2013
They say when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. I don't see a metaphor around every corner. It's amazing that a 65 year old vehicle even exists in any form when most vehicles are recycled in a few years. You could reinterpret your metaphor to say Detroit has been around a long time and taken many knocks and still survived. It sits there ready to be restored when the time and money is applied. We stewards of the world will determine whether it's the crusher or the classic restore shop. I already tallied your vote.
#4 Apr 26, 2013
I vote for reality!
Being grounded in reality and economics I wonder if you can explain where all this money to refurbish Detroit is going to come from?
I hasten to remind you there is no money fairy , that was just a myth.
The business tax based that could have provided much needed tax revenue for the city has been driven out of Detroit by the years of excessive violence, arson, looting , excessive taxation & needlessly complicated over regulation by city, county, and state government.
Detroit might have a slim chance if they followed the NY model.
NY lost many jobs and wealthy citizens by over taxing business and the rich. You see the rich can afford to live anywhere and business has to make a profit to stay in business. Profit is good.
NY has launched a campaign telling the country they have reduce taxes on people and business created business enterprise zones with reduces paper work regulations, taxes in an effort to attract lost business and rich people back to NY.
There is an interesting case study in Maryland about 10 years ago.
they raised income taxes on millionaires and over a thousand millionaires moved out of Maryland taking jobs and money with them.
Guess state officials ever read that axiom from Business economics which states.
what you tax you get less of what you subsidize you get more of.
now look around Detroit the county and state and what do you see after 50 years of over taxation over subsidizing poor people illegal immigrants ????
ya gotta clean this mess up and out before you can rebuild.
even when you restore cars ya gotta get down to bare metal clean out the rust, remove the broken non functioning parts then start rebuilding.
I Restored a 67 Austin heally mark 3 years ago.
I rest my case .
#5 Apr 26, 2013
It's picture of a 47' Cadillac for cris sake. Resist the urge to hijack every post to paste the same gd $hit. You are a one-trick pony.
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