Friday, February 22, 2013

Toledo - one of America's most miserable cities

Toledo has made another list - the Most Miserable Cities of 2013.

Living in Toledo, I can think of a lot of places that are worse than this city, but by the criteria of the Forbes list, we end up #11 of the 20 cities on the list.

Job growth has been anemic in Toledo and residents are voting with their feet and leaving the city. The net migration rate out of the city was the nation's fourth highest behind Detroit, Flint and Cleveland.

The sad part about this is that people and voters in the city don't seem to have hit rock bottom yet to know they need to change.

Just look at what's going on with the presidency of Toledo City Council. The seats are supposed to be non-partisan but the Democrats, who hold a majority, are being dictated to by their party. After a 'come-to-Jesus' meeting last night, they're all going to support Paula Hicks-Hudson for the role - and she's pretty much on board with removing any Republicans from their committee chairmanships.

Heaven forbid that the non-partisan body would reflect diversity in who runs the various committees!

The Republican Party, under the current chairman, Jon Stainbrook, is virtually non-existent, except when they're agreeing with one of the most liberal newspapers in the country, the Toledo Blade.

We are the quintessential definition of stupidity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

No wonder I have a 'stuck-on-stupid' designation for so many things I write about on this blog.


James said...

What a stellar group of cities Toledo is part of. Lousy weather aside for all of these cities, the problem is Democrats have run these cities for decades. A viable two-party system is needed, but the Democrats don't want to relinquish the choke-hold they have in these cities.

skeeter1107 said...

It will always remain a mystery to me as to why the people who live in these cities continue to place in office the people that ran their city into the ground.

James said...

You can't fix stupid, skeeter.

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