Half Past the Month

October 16, 2020

“Don’t just do something, stand there.” — the White Rabbit in Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland”

PUBLIC POLICY got a lot simpler this last year with money and people fleeing the insanities of progressive states like New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California. Opportunity is ours in Indiana if we can only sit still and avoid their mistakes.

Joel Kotkin, a professor of urban studies writing in the current issue of City Journal, lays the groundwork: “Most Americans don’t favor defunding police or instituting race quotas; they are wary of the costs connected with the Green New Deal and of allowing Washington to control local zoning. Many are already voting with their feet, fleeing places that promote these ideas and seeking out areas aligned with more recognizable American values.”

So this is easy. if anyone in New York City or southern California is doing it, you don’t want to. And you don’t have to sort through the conflicting policy studies; it’s just a matter of going down this list and setting policy contrarily:

Finally, take care of the aesthetics. Keep your historic statues upright and your downtown free of official graffiti (commissioned BLM murals and such). The first is a signal to investors fleeing the failed states that there is no adult supervision in your city; the second tells them that the soft-headed are running the show here too.

And while everybody is arguing about all that, get rid of Daylight Savings Time — tcl


Leave a Reply