“In 1950,” writes Jarrett Skorup, “
This was the same city, notes Skorup, that was going to be the Model City of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. And indeed, the city has all the planks of progressive economic policies:
• A “living wage” ordinance, far above the federal minimum wage, for all public employees and private contractors.
• A school system that spends significantly more per pupil than the national average.
• A powerful school employee union that militantly defends the exceptional pay, benefits and job security it has won for its members.
• Other government employee unions that do the same for their members.
• A tax system that aggressively redistributes income from businesses and the wealthy to the poor and to government bureaucracies.