Thank you Jr for allowing me to post my very unpopular and wholly informed opinions on TT again. Let's see how fast I can get banned this time.
The problem with business speakers is that they're speaking. Period. That's their skill, not in actually doing any other sort of business. Workers work, if it makes them the most money. Talk is worth precisely zero, so anyone who gets paid for it is just wasting our time. One might have thought that most of you were old or mature enough to have realized that by now. I guess not.
Little's analysis of Toledo is dead wrong. I mean, OBVIOUSLY. If this was such a good place to do business, businesses would have done it by now. Our economy is viciously efficient. One also wonders why a business speaker can't realize that most basic of socio-economic facts. Well, it's not mystery: He's paid to lie to you.
So let's destroy Little's little points one by one, shall we?
"Toledo has excellent geography." I hate to tell you guys (that's a lie, since I love telling you guys), but cheap petroleum and the massive spread of road, communication and power networks made geography almost irrelevant. Setting up a business today is a big problem in data overload. There are too many places to go and too little time to evaluate it all to the 6th decimal point. Hence, Toledo looks the same geographically than just about any other place with access to water, roads, communication and power.
"You sit in the middle of the largest boom economically in the history of mankind," he said. Well, booms end. Our cheap-oil-fueled boom is over, forever. We're transitioning to an era of pricey oil, which undercuts all capital formation. This isn't even an opinion; it's physics. Nothing happens without an energy input, and ultimately that's delivered at an economic cost. Didn't Little even go to college? Did he pay someone to take his Physics 101 tests for him?
"The area also boasts an excellent quality of life." This is so obviously wrong, so woefully uneducated, so transparently propagandistic, that it hardly merits refutation. Toledo has a low quality of life. Cheap houses are still no asset when you can't find a fucking job to service anything related to living standards. A cheap house that can't be affordably kept warm, dry and safe just turns into a collapsing ruin. Toledo has significant problems with dilapidated housing, corrupt city government, union predation, high taxes, too many takers and other welfare animals, and far too few sustainable jobs to support the parasitical 1980s culture that can't be repeated, ever again.
"Toledo has world-class health care and is dedicated to education." OK, I'm in pain now, since I fell off my chair from howling in laughter.
Everybody thinks their city has "world-class health care", and in fact they may, since we're talking about American cities with established hospitals in the middle of the longest expansion of medical technology in the history of Humanity. That was never our problem (except by Human standards, it's unsustainable), so the real problem is as ever, access to care. "World class" care becomes irrelevant when only the well-insured (government shits and union fucks) and rich people can afford to keep dipping into that care facility. This is why compared to the United States, 30 other nations consistently rate higher on the scale for overall quality of care, and yet all those nations manage to achieve that for 55% or less per-capita costs than we do.
And everyone believes that they're dedicated to education. Merely having a system of public schools can satisfy that criteria... after all, we allow ourselves to be taxed to pay for such a system. That's "dedicated". So mention it is a "Little fluff", really.
"Toledo has a proven business infrastructure with workers that have skills[.]" See previous points. Any place in the United States can make this claim. It's like saying you have water service and sewers.
So... how much did this Little fellow make from us, just blowing smoke up our collective ass? That's Toledo's real problem: Our willingness to be deceived. And we pay good money to fool ourselves.
Toledo doens't need a "growth expert". It needs economic triage. We need to do less with less, since less is all we'll ever have, forever. Capital formation will only decline. Government must be downsized. Union fucks need to be exterminated like the vermin they really are. Cultural overhead needs to shrink. Toledo needs a shrinkage expert, and this Little man doesn't have what it takes. And oh how he takes, doesn't he? He's a TAKER, not a MAKER.