POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Flirting with Disaster
The U.S. Debt and the World Economy
Published: October 23, 2013
They plan to take up another bill that would allow Big Brother to force welfare recipients to undergo drug testing anytime there is even any suspicion they might be doing any drugs. Then they, too, will be deprived of benefits.
What a lovely, generous state. Don’t forget to vote for the new state motto: “Pedicabo Páuperem!”
For years, politicians, reporters and everyone in the know has known that if you wanted sound, reliable population data, you could get it from Kurt Metzger — Detroit’s numbers guru. Metzger worked for the U.S. Census Bureau for years and later ran the Michigan Metropolitan Information Center at Wayne State University.
At 66, he is taking his career in a new direction by running for mayor of his tiny suburb, Pleasant Ridge, which, in case you aren’t sure, is a bedroom community of older, comfortable homes a half-square mile in size, abutting both sides of Woodward Avenue. The larger, more stately homes tend to be on the west; the smaller, more modest homes, where Metzger lives, are on the east — an area residents sardonically call “Peasant Ridge.”
There probably isn’t anyone as aware of the changing nature of this area’s population, or what cities need to do to remain healthy and prosperous. The ancient Greeks used to think the ideal form of government would consist of being led by what they thought of as a “philosopher king.”
It would be fascinating to see what someone who really understands population patterns, and how this area works, would do acting as mayor of his own small town.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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