Election 2016: Pundits have decried the bickering at the latest GOP presidential debate as an embarrassment to the party and its prospects. But in fact, Ted Cruz made one of the clearest economic cases for change we’ve heard so far.
The Fox News moderators played to the crowd by peppering the candidates with a series of Flint- and Detroit-oriented questions, asking them to address the area’s chronic urban-blight problems at the March 3 debate in downtown Detroit.
There were some solid answers showing mature thinking from the likes of Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But only when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took the microphone were the questions of how to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. transformed from a local issue to a national imperative — one that went to the heart of what it really takes to make America great again, the very theme that has drawn so many voters to Donald Trump.
“Let me start by observing that Detroit is a great city with a magnificent legacy that has been utterly decimated by 60 years of failed left-wing policy,” Cruz told Fox News moderator Chris Wallace.
“You know, Henry Ford revolutionized automobile manufacturing and brought automobiles to the middle class. During World War II, Detroit provided — funded the arsenals of democracy to help us win World War II. In — in the 1960s, Detroit was the Silicon Valley of America. It had a population of 2 million people, had the highest per capita income in the country.
“And then, for 50 years, left-wing Democrats have pursued destructive tax policies, weak crime policies, and have driven the citizens out.
“This city now has just 700,000 citizens. There are vacant homes, one after the other after the other. Crime has been rampant, and it is an outrage. And let me say to folks in the media: That is a story that the media ought to be telling over and over again, the destruction of left-wing policies and the millions who have hurt because of it,” Cruz declared as his sixty seconds ran out.Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.
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