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.

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.