Walter Russell Mead:
Progressive social policy makes cities expensive and cumbersome places for the kind of businesses that employ poorly educated, low-skilled workers. Many of our well intentioned urban policies end up steering jobs away from the people who need them most. Municipal labor practices make everything from infrastructure construction to normal urban administration cripplingly expensive, creating an expense structure and a tax burden that basically makes life impossible for many of the small businesses that could offer jobs to low skilled workers.
None of these points has anything to do with race, and if readers will forgive me, I’d like to keep the discussion non-racial for a while.