Conspiracy Theorist: 4/28

Leftist obsession

By Mark Luedtke

Like most cities, Dayton is a commuter city. High taxes and resulting poor pseudo-services drive residents out of the city proper and into the suburbs to live, but many drive back into the city every day to work.

These commuters supply the lifeblood of the city. Without them, Dayton would be much deader than it already is. Rational rulers would welcome commuters because, without them, they would have no income to loot. They loot these poor commuters with taxes even though the commuters have no representation, something America’s Founding Fathers rebelled over, but like King George III, Dayton’s rulers laugh about.

But leftists hate commuters even though their policies create them and their looting depends on them. You can tell this from their focus on biking. Bikers barely impact the economy. They’re almost as rare around here as polar bears, yet our rulers spend ridiculous amounts of time, money and hot air promoting biking. They’ve never seen a bike project they didn’t want to fund with other people’s money. In leftist fantasyland, where polar bears are going extinct despite increasing in population, bikers are model citizens and commuters are the burden, so leftists take valuable roadway from commuters and turn it over to bikers. Leftists also hate that young people flee the economic depressions their policies create, but they take advantage of the problems they create to create new, worse problems, always looting more money for themselves from each new, doomed-to-fail, coercive program.

Leftists promote their ideas by creating shady networks of dozens of non-profits and quietly shuffling money between them to hide what they’re doing. Funded mostly by taxes and extorted businesses, nonprofits are effectively off-the-books government bureaucracies designed to enrich our rulers, not programs to benefit the people.

UpDayton, one of those nonprofits, recently finished its annual summit, and is very proud of three ideas it came up with that will supposedly keep young people in Dayton. Dayton Business Journal (DBJ), a sponsor of the event, coos, “Alex Smith and Katie Norris say they want to build on UpDayton’s successful marketing efforts through a new campaign that helps highlight the city’s people and boroughs, which are often misunderstood in the suburbs, they said.”

I’m skeptical people in the suburbs misunderstand Dayton. They know Dayton’s rulers steal their money even though they don’t live in Dayton. They know Dayton makes tax day a pain in their butts. They know Dayton has higher taxes than where they live, and they want to avoid them. They also know Dayton has terrible roads, terrible schools and is overrun with abandoned buildings. This motivates people to flee Dayton for greener pastures and never come back.

DBJ continues, “The proposed ‘Know Dayton’ campaign might involve campaigns or events that bring more people from the suburbs into downtown.” It might, but it won’t. This silly idea is about grabbing people’s money, not bringing people from the suburbs into the city.

DBJ introduces a second idea, “The recent launch of Dayton’s bike share means many more cyclists will be finding their way through the downtown streets. But many businesses don’t yet have bike racks to accommodate more riders.”

Now we know the real reason people don’t want to live in Dayton: not enough bike racks. Forget the tax problem, the road problem, the school problem and the real estate problem. The real problem is lack of bike racks for the couple dozen people who ride bikes in town. If this really is the best Dayton’s brightest young people can come up with, we should be happy they leave. Of course this isn’t Dayton’s best and brightest youth. They already left. The UpDayton summit is a self-selected group of left-behind, leftist youth regurgitating ideas created in a leftist echo chamber.

DBJ describes the third idea, “A combination of several other proposed ideas will be refined into a downtown event that will bring people together for a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ game. The adventure will bring people downtown and let them walk around and use the trails and roads through town.” This should keep more ten-year-olds in the city.

I’m struck by three things. First, the assumption that programs like the Know Dayton campaign and bike share are successful. The bike hub was supposed to make everybody bike too. Second, the farcical nature of the recommendations were intended to distract from Dayton’s real problems. Third, the recommendations are a childish reflection of the grand, leftist, Dickensian vision of moving everybody from the suburbs into sardine-can housing in dirty cities where we’re forced to walk or bike while leftist rulers build McMansions on estates in the abandoned suburbs like aristocratic manors and ride in limousine carriages into the city every day. No thanks.

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 MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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