by Judson Phillips
The most charitable thing anyone can say about Nashville right now is that the city is a dumpster fire. It isn’t just a small dumpster fire. It is a stinking, raging fire that is going to get out of hand if nothing is done about it.
Part of Nashville’s problems are not its own doing. No one could control the tornado that struck Nashville in March and no one could see, at least initially, what would happen with the COVID-19 outbreak.
But most of Nashville’s problems are self-inflicted. Nashville is a city controlled by the Democrat Party. It always has been. And their policies have all but destroyed the city financially.
Last year, Forbes announced that Nashville was in receivership. That shocked a lot of people. Technically, it wasn’t true, as the state did approve Nashville’s budget, but Comptroller Justin Wilson told Nashville to get its house in order.
The problem is, Nashville is not getting its house in order. It is doing literally everything it can to destroy the economy of the city and the taxpayers of Tennessee will be left with the bill.
As the state began to open up, after the ill-advised shutdown, Nashville, under Mayor John Cooper, said wait. Instead of reopening the economy, his administration continued to push draconian measures that served only to continue to destroy Nashville businesses. When Tennesseans rallied in front of the state capitol, demanding state and local restrictions be lifted, Cooper was horrified.
Then suddenly the Black Lives Matter movement showed. Cooper had no problem with the riots and the looting downtown. He had no problems with marchers showing up and occupying Lower Broadway, even as the businesses there were begging that there be no more marches there, so the businesses could reopen.
While Nashville’s Mayor does nothing to help businesses in the famed entertainment district, the Metro Health Department was out issuing citations to businesses, just trying to survive.
And of course, while the Mayor was strangling businesses through his executive fiat, he was also proposing a 32% tax hike on those same businesses and residents of Nashville.
Nashville is going to go bankrupt sooner or later. Decades of mismanagement have come to a head now in 2020. Ultimately the state will have to intervene and probably pay some of Nashville’s bills. But the state needs to intervene now and put an end to the mismanagement in Nashville.
There is only one way to do that.
Break Nashville up into a dozen small cities.
Mayor Cooper doesn’t want to support the businesses suffering right now because they are not his constituency. The rioters are. If Nashville were broken up into small cities, those businesses would be receiving help. They would be allowed to re-open and they would receive police protection to help them stay open.
If Nashville were a dozen small cities, the financial mismanagement would be sharply reduced. Most of those small cities would be much better run. A couple of them would still be dumpster fires but at least the damage from that would be much more manageable. Each small city would have its own leadership and budget, and each would be more manageable.
There must be some penalty for bad leadership. If the status quo remains, Nashville will go into receivership and the people who have spent decades wrecking Nashville’s economy will remain in the driver’s seat.
That is unacceptable.
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Judson Phillips is a long time conservative pundit and founder of Tea Party Nation.
Photo “New Down in Nashville” by Derrick Brutel CC2.0.