Conspiracy theorist

Parasites destroy local businesses

By: Mark Luedtke

Downtown bar J Alans is out of business. I spent a lot of time in that bar with owners Phil, Carla, Jeff and Junior – all of whom I like a lot – as well as the bartenders and regulars. J Alans was the cultural center for live music downtown. Not too long ago, Jason, one of the bartenders, revamped the entire sound system – a significant investment – to attract better bands and crowds. My girlfriend and I often sat on the porch at happy hour and talked to people walking down the street. On Sundays in the fall, I enjoyed teasing Katie – another bartender – whenever my Bengals would beat her Browns.

I’ll never get to do any of that again because the government put J Alans out of business. Phil told the Dayton Daily News that government officials just informed him the bar owed $70,000 in back taxes. He asked, “Why didn’t they tell us this three years ago?”

The Moraine Embassy at 25 S. Ludlow St. is also going out of business. I ate a lot of lunches in the Moraine Embassy while working downtown. There was usually a wait to get in. Every day, the lunch crowd was a who’s who of Dayton’s movers and shakers. The city, which owns the building, is demolishing it for a so-called revitalization project. Apparently the parasites destroying the classic old building fail to the see the irony of spending other people’s money to wipe out an iconic Dayton business and replace it with cookie-cutter student housing and calling it revitalization.

S&V Office Furniture & Supply at 341 S. Jefferson St. went out of business at the end of May. The business was founded in 1954 and had been located on Jefferson for more than 30 years. The Architectural Reuse Company at 280 N. Findlay St. is going out of business in June. The Dayton Daily News cited one social value of this company, “Many of ARC’s over 60 workers are ex-convicts who the company trained in construction trades such as asbestos abatement and project management.”

That’s four vital downtown businesses closing in one month, all of which suffered from burdensome tax and regulation expenses that played a major factor in their closures. The burden of government plays a major factor in every business failure. This is a disaster for the community.

At the same time these businesses are closing, Dayton’s parasites are partying in celebration of stealing $2.2 million from taxpayers like those former business owners and their would-be customers and squandering it in a glorified sidewalk improvement project along Patterson Boulevard.

Here’s how the Dayton Daily News describes the project: “The city will be using a $2.2 million dollar grant to expand the Parkway the length of four blocks.” That’s $550,000 per block. That’s an outrageous expenditure. One block of this project would pay off J Alans’ taxes 7.8 times over. Just a year ago, the Soin building sold at auction for $121,000. Tiny J Alans’s tax bill costs almost as much as the value of the entire Soin building. One block of the Patterson project could have bought the Soin building four times over. In a city already brought to its knees by pervasive, parasitic looting programs, the Patterson project stands out for its decadent squandering of wealth.

I don’t use the term parasitic facetiously. Government produces nothing. Everything it spends, everything it builds, it first steals from the productive, private sector economy – its host – mostly businesses. The more government steals, the more it damages that host. To fund every $2.2 million project, the parasites must consume four businesses.

One of the ways local parasites justify projects like this is by saying the funds came from the state and they were earmarked for a cultural project. This is misdirection. The state stole more money than that from Dayton taxpayers, squandered a bunch of it enriching politicians and bureaucrats in Columbus, then sent $2 million back with restrictions. As for cultural value, the cultural value of J Alans, Moraine Embassy, S&V Office Furniture & Supply and the Architectural Reuse Company is lightyears greater than the cultural value of 10 funny looking kiosks with plaques lining Patterson Boulevard. At least the ugly sculpture was privately funded.

Co-chair of the Downtown Dayton Partnership Mike Erwin told the Dayton Daily News, “You may think this is art but it’s also part of economic development for the city.” Baloney. The idea that government promotes business by stealing businesses’ money, their customers’ money and bankrupting them is absurd. People prefer to live, work and visit where taxes are low and thriving businesses cater to them, not where they’re being killed by parasites. Not one person will move to, visit or stay downtown because of this project who wasn’t already going to do so.

The parasites know only they and their good old boy cronies profit from government projects. They know government projects impoverish everyone else. They party with stolen money all the way to the bank while bankrupting businesses and putting people out of work.

Parasites are turning Dayton into Little Detroit.

The views and opinions expressed in Conspiracy Theorist are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes only.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at

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