On Tuesday, voters in Virginia and New Jersey sent a message to Washington out of fear of what America might become. In Michigan's largest city, Detroiters elected a mayor to deliver them from what their city has become.

Detroit is a progressive's dream - a living monument to decades years of Big Government statism. The city sports a living wage, the region's highest taxes, a commuter tax, government-run public services, government-run parks, government-run schools and a crippling 85 percent illegitimacy rate. These Great Society-inspired policy "successes" have led to a 30 percent unemployment rate, a 50 percent adult illiteracy rate and a city budget on the verge of bankruptcy.

Voters are not impressed, and on Tuesday they elected as mayor one Dave Bing - a fiscally conservative, pro-business, self-made millionaire from the suburbs who is the antithesis of the entitlement mentality.

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And the very city establishment that pushed all of the Big Government reforms that have brought this city to its knees . . . cheered. In Detroit this week, the "change you can believe in" is, ironically, the message that Big Government has utterly failed.

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