This idea ought to have appeal across the political spectrum. Dividing up failing cities and towns into smaller entities and creating grasslands in between them might also reduce crime and urban sprawl, while lessening pollution and gridlock. Downsizing cities and towns could also serve as a model for government. Smaller government would possibly mean less waste, fraud and abuse and more power for citizens.
If the federal government wishes to proceed with this proposal, it could greatly enhance its credibility by starting with itself. How about shrinking the size, cost and reach of the federal government, since many of its components are out of date and in need of "bulldozing"?
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW.org), one of the better organizations in Washington, monitors the ways our tax dollars are misspent. Speaking of Detroit, CAGW notes that the current budget allocates $3.8 million for the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy. How about bulldozing the $1.8 million set aside for swine odor and manure management research in Ames, Iowa? Now there's a pork project! There's $1.9 million for the Pleasure Beach water taxi service in Connecticut. (The people near my home who use water taxi service pay for it themselves.)
The shrinking of American cities and towns that are not as vibrant as they once were is potentially a good idea. So is shrinking the size and cost of the federal government. If the bulldozing of outdated and unnecessary federal spending could be linked to the reduction of failing cities and towns, it would be a win-win for distressed taxpayers.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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