Ed note: Then again, what would you exthpect from thcholar Melitha Harith-Perry?
Melissa Harris-Perry, one of the panel guests on MSNBC’s “Now” program on Friday, managed to tie Detroit’s bankruptcy to small government “when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub” and to analogize it to “exactly the kind of thing that many Republicans would impose on us.” Really.
First, the relevant portion of the transcript:
Melissa Harris-Perry: We can talk about the microstory of Detroit, but it seems to me that Detroit, as always, is standing for all kinds of things about America. In the case of Detroit, the reason that the tax base has become so small is because a loss of population, right? So folks out, they are not there to pay the taxes on the homes and the kind of deterioration is what you see in the numbers you’ve suggested.
But this lack of tax base is also exactly the kind of thing that many Republicans would impose on us, even when our cities have sufficient populations, even when our communities have sufficient populations. This is what it looks like when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub, and it is not a pretty picture.
Rothman at Mediaite, where the headline describes Harris-Perry’s statement as a “Delusional Assessment” (links are in original):