Simple contrarianism is not proof of argument.Wealth redistribution was not the cause of post WWII job gains.
The fact that you did not even begin to counter the correction of your upside down account of "statist v neoliberal policy" says much more than your attention to the graphic.
I live on Narragansett Bay in RI. We have been working hard in recent years to get it cleaned up. Aquaculture is a very promising industry, and of course our strong performance in tourism is tied to getting pollutants out of the water. This effort has brought together D's and R's around here, thank God. It's critically important that we get this done.
I just reread austrianecon's post. I'm not sure what his policy prescription is (he doesn't seem to like taxes, as you'd expect from his username), but I'm hoping he'd be onboard for cleaning up Chesapeake Bay, another very beautiful and economically important estuary.
I also liked the fact that loves Baltimore. That type of passion can be very useful in making progress on solving problems and taking advantage of opportunities.
Poverty and crime are often not conditions that can legitimately be blamed on a state or local government.
You don't see that his comment (and now your new one) have nearly nothing to do with the point I made?
Rather there are situations in which industries collapse because of overproduction, excess pollution and sometimes naturally it happens (creative destruction). They have just as much as role in the issues at hand. When these industries collapse they put pressure on wages, tax receipts, and bring in low barriers as well. You think Cable TV is gonna survive with the advent of higher broadband which will allow you more ability to watch streaming tv? Absolutely not. People will lose their jobs because of this technology.. just as Oyster and Crab industry in Maryland collapse due to excess pollution and over production.
There are underlying issues that have to be discussed outside of your "neo-liberal" meme. How do you get people to invest in cities and industries if you have no low tax rate carrot to hang in front of them? How do you get someone or company to make a long term investment in an area if you can't promise them taxes will stay the same during Governorships (Dem or Republican)? How can you say "Hey, invest here but we might raise your taxes despite the fact you pay $15hour and invest millions into environmental clean"?
Nobody wants to invest in uncertainty, people and companies that invest for the long term and the type of investment that sustains local economies look 30 years out in projecting costs. If the costs don't add up, they aren't gonna invest and they'll take those jobs overseas. That's not gonna change and it's certainly not gonna change with Obama's TPP push.
You have to start thinking out of box. Long gone are the taxes of protectionist.
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Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. H.L Mencken