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Offline mystery-ak

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Politico...GOP big-city mayors vanish
« on: October 20, 2013, 01:48:05 PM »

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Re: Politico...GOP big-city mayors vanish
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2013, 02:23:20 PM »
Maybe they should have polled cities economies under Republican versus Democrat Mayors.

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Re: Politico...GOP big-city mayors vanish
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2013, 02:35:50 PM »
Most "big cities" are infested with the dependent class who will vote for whichever candidate promises them the most goodies.
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Re: Politico...GOP big-city mayors vanish
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2013, 11:40:14 PM »
[[ Most "big cities" are infested with the dependent class who will vote for whichever candidate promises them the most goodies. ]]

You hit the nail on the head.

With a very few exceptions, most of America's "major cities" are becoming irrelevant.

That is to say, they no longer serve as the powerhouses that generate jobs and wealth and by doing so push the nation forward.

True, major corporations remain headquartered in the big cities, but the engines of production of those corporate entities are usually elsewhere. They've moved out.

What the large cities do best these days is serve as "containers" for the urban underclass. That's not bad, it's good. So long as the underclass remains concentrated there, and in the "inner ring" suburbs, that leaves the rest of the country better off.

Here's an anecdotal story for you:
In my earlier days on the railroad, I often ran Conrail's freight symboled "OPSE" from their Oak Point yard in the South Bronx, to Selkirk yard a few miles southwest of Albany. North one night, lay over at Selkirk, back the next evening. A long night job.

That one freight train was the ONLY freight train in and out of New York City. ONE train (Not counting trailer-on-flatcar traffic that arrived in North Jersey from the south and got trucked over). Moreover, it was all loads "in", and mostly empties going north. Essentially NO rail frieght traffic was generated by either New York or Long Island.

These days, there's a second train that runs north out of Oak Point at night, and it's all loads going north.

What's the cargo?
Garbage.

That tells you all you need to know about "the engines of production" in the big city these days...
« Last Edit: October 20, 2013, 11:41:02 PM by Fishrrman »


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