Belle Isle's rebirth as a state park is good for Detroiters and Michiganians alike. (David Coates / The Detroit News)
Detroiters are resilient and passionate about their city. Having endured decades of adversity and persevered through trying times, they have refused to abandon belief in Detroit’s comeback story. In their minds, that story is already being written.
With this being Entrepreneur Week followed next week by Detroit Week, Detroit is celebrating its creators and innovators. In addition to the many businesses that have stayed true to their commitment to the Motor City, there has been a recent flurry of entrepreneurs, both local and from outside of the state, who recognize that there is opportunity here and want to be a part of the rebuilding of a great American city.
It is no coincidence that the Republican Party recently opened an office in Detroit. Detroiters deserve choices instead of the big government and intellectually-tired policies of the left that have gone unchallenged for the past 50 years. The GOP believes every American should have the opportunity to pursue dreams and experience prosperity without red tape.
Gov. Rick Snyder said recently that the government’s “role is to create an environment for success.” Democrats support a style of governing which historically holds citizens back and hinders companies’ ability to succeed. Concurrently, Republicans believe in a simpler form of government intended to make life easier for Americans.
Detroiters and Detroit businesses are tired of being over-taxed by a government body that has proven itself untrustworthy time after time.
Detroiters can better invest and spend their own money than their government can. The tax system that Republicans favor would allow them to do that.
Just last week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced that Obamacare will reduce American work force participation by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs in 2017. This will most affect workers with lower incomes.
While some folks in Detroit still need a hand-up, and we should extend a hand to help them, the Republican view can also be summed up by Ronald Reagan when he said, “We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.”
The Duggan administration ought to make it a priority to create an environment that enables and equips its citizens to unleash ingenuity to achieve and pursue their dreams.
That is what a comeback city looks like.
Brandon Helderop is a Millennial who is passionate about politics.