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Spoiled city needs fresh start, not board

If Republican state Sen. Jane Orie of McCandless becomes Pittsburgh’s guardian angel, city Democrats will demonize her while secretly calling her a godsend.

If Orie’s effort to create a bipartisan oversight board to manage the nearly bankrupt city succeeds, it will be a win/win for Pittsburgh — and the Democratic Party that is responsible for the ‘Burgh’s demise. Why does Orie want to do the dirty work for the culprits who are ruining Pittsburgh, especially when they could correct their own mistakes?

“They have the power to do it, but I do not have the confidence that it will be done without the board,” Orie said.

Her efforts might look like political adeptness from McKnight Road. From Grant Street, it looks more like political ineptness. Sometimes the best political advice is “don’t just do something. Stand there.” Sometimes it’s also the best advice for parents.

Children must learn that bad choices have bad consequences. Politicians have to learn the same lesson.

The Democrats have run Pittsburgh into the ground after six decades under their rule. Smoke and mirrors budgets, high taxes, low-quality services, Faustian deals with firefighters and police unions, and publicly financed monumental mistakes such as stadiums, convention centers ad nauseam have caused a mass exodus of residents since the 1950s and a $40 million deficit this year.

Mayor Tom Murphy and other Democrats refuse to do what needs to be done, such as reduce taxes, improve services by privatizing them, sell assets such as the asphalt plant, stand up to the unions, stop paying for white elephant projects and prepare realistic budgets.

Just when the city finally is facing the consequences of its actions, Orie rides to the rescue.

If a state oversight board forces the city politicians to act responsibly, the Democrats will have their cake and eat it, too. The city will be solvent and Orie’s board will be blamed for the tough choices.

“Don’t blame us,” the Democrats will scream with glee. “It’s Orie’s fault.”

Pittsburgh’s yinzers will believe them. The board will allow the Democrats to act as though they are victims of greedy, power hungry, union-hating suburban Republicans.

With no board, Grant Street will be forced to act — or have the city go belly up. The Democrats will be forced to privatize, renegotiate and stop building monuments to trickle-down government. Then voters will see the real cost of decades of liberalism.

Democrats would be blamed, and that could lead to cracks in this Democratic fortress we call the city of Pittsburgh.

Good parents understand that children sometimes must experience the consequences of their actions or else they will be conditioned to expect that someone will miraculously heal their self-inflicted wounds.

When a reckless teen driver causes an accident, and then turns to his parents to bail him out of trouble, he never learns what it means to be responsible.


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