Here's an interesting article about how struggling US cities are welcoming immigrants with open arms in an attempt to repopulate their tax base.
Dayton, whose population has fallen in recent years, is rolling out the welcome mat for legal immigrants to boost the community.
It approved a plan last week that aims to help legal immigrants navigate the system to establish themselves in the community.
"When folks come, we'd like to welcome them. We'd like to let them know what their resources are to learn English," said Human Relations Council Director Tom Wahlrab. "We want to let them know they have a part in our community."
The plan includes recommendations to create an international marketplace and to increase language services and English classes.
While the sentiment is nice and this is a refreshing change of pace, the problem here is, once they attract new residents and new businesses, what will they do with them? I'm sure there will be tax breaks and other incentives for these new-comers, but a few years after they arrive, will you begin to drive them away with your socialism the way you drove away your former residents?
Capitalism is the only solution to shrinking cities and the US economy's troubles. Free markets can and will determine who lives where and if there's enough jobs for those residents. Free markets will allow people to pursue their happiness and trade freely and peacefully amongst each other. Governments do not create jobs, happiness or prosperity, as the US government has so clearly illustrated the past 100+ years.