San Bernadino – A Little Slice Of Obama’s America

14 Nov

How a vicious circle of self-interest sank a California city

Yet on close examination, the city’s decades-long journey from prosperous, middle-class community to bankrupt, crime-ridden, foreclosure-blighted basket case is straightforward — and alarmingly similar to the path traveled by many municipalities around America’s largest state. San Bernardino succumbed to a vicious circle of self-interests among city workers, local politicians and state pension overseers.

Little by little, over many years, the salaries and retirement benefits of San Bernardino’s city workers — and especially its police and firemen — grew richer and richer, even as the city lost its major employers and gradually got poorer and poorer.

Gosh anyone want to take stab at guessing to which party the local politicians belong?  Any bets that the “decades long journey ” to bankruptcy is directly related to the demise of California Republicans?

If towns and states are the petri dish of American society, welcome to the new normal.

Reuters

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