But keep the comments to yourselves…
For those of you jonesing for both the return of baseball and a little political writing by Connor P, check out this piece over at TPM on Detroit and its Tigers. Money quote:
“Paul Ryan’s aspersions about the “culture” problem of inner city poverty aside, no one sensible would attribute these dispiriting public health numbers to some aberration of American culture. Detroiters aren’t uniquely irresponsible with their lives. They’re just living on desperation’s bleeding edge — in 2010, nearly a quarter of the city was unemployed (in 2012, unemployment was still nearly 20 percent). By no fault of their own, too many Detroiters simply can’t afford to live healthy, dignified lives.
In other words, few of the city’s current residents will be around to collect on the long-term returns of increased immigration and redevelopment of the urban core. Too many of these folks have no foothold in today’s economy; their livelihoods no longer command enough value to sustain dignified lives. They are the human face of free markets’ “creative destruction.”
Conor, Russell, Jamie, Freddie, Elias, Elizabeth, Erik… It always makes my heart sing when I see folks from these pages light up the ‘tubes.