To return Northwest Indiana to its economic vitality, “we need a new paradigm,” U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, told those gathered at Friday’s Morning Business Hour at First Financial Bank.
That new focus must have two components, he said -- investment in infrastructure, and providing career opportunities and facilities to keep younger generations in the region.
Visclosky pointed to such infrastructure projects as the Marquette Plan to recapture Lake Michigan's shoreline for recreation, expanding the Gary/Chicago International Airport, dredging area ship canals and replacing deficient or demolished bridges.More shilling for the building trade unions. You know, the US has the highest infrastructure building costs in the world (not unlike our highest medical costs and our highest educational costs, do you see a pattern here?). Maybe Visclosky should DO HIS JOB and figure out how we can LOWER infrastructure building costs significantly, to get more bang for the buck of the money we are already spending.
He will never do that, because he would have to eliminate the "prevailing wage laws" that benefit the unions that support his campaigns.
Visclosky brings up the "transformation of Whiting", with its new Taj Mahal baseball stadium and in-progress new Taj-Mahal lakefront park (nevermind that there was nothing wrong with the old one!). He also boasts that all the storefronts on 119th street are occupied.
Now, we all know what that is, and it has nothing to do with the City of Whiting or Visclosky. It is because of the BP refinery modernization project. Every single room and apartment in Whiting has been occupied for the last three years as the project has progressed. All those contractors needed a place to eat, and downtown Whiting provided it.
But can those businesses survive when the project ends at the end of this year? I don't know that many can. We will see.
I know a landlord in Whiting, and he's really afraid of what comes next. Without the contractors, is there a real rental market in Whiting? He's locked up some Communist College of St. Joeseph students, but they're not as good tenants as contractors are (can't pay as much in rent, too much partying).
We know why young people don't want to move to Northwest Indiana: the terrible culture of corruption and the STD's (Straight Ticket Democrat) who keep the corrupt in power. Again, Visclosky has nothing to say about that, because he benefits from the culture of corruption in his Lake County Democrat party.
The alternative market is Mexicans coming over from Chicago and the resident Whiting dirtbag white trash, which you DEFINITELY don't want to rent to. My buddy does not rent to anyone who grew up in Whiting, he has had bad experiences renting to the dirtbags.