15 January 2012

Who Needs Apocalypse When You've Got Detroit?

Why use explosives when you can achieve similar results through political means?
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Failure like this is not built overnight. Decades of corruption, sloth, bad hiring decisions, political cronyism and depraved indifference to the needs of the poor were required to bring things to such a pass. No doubt Detroit has a generous pension program for all the wastrels and incompetents whose combined efforts created this train wreck. These people somehow manage to protect themselves even as they blight the lives and hopes of the inner city kids they were hired to serve. _WalterRussellMead
Leftist crony policies of the US Democratic Party are on display in Detroit, Michigan. If this level of devastation were to occur almost anywhere else in the US, the place would be declared a state of emergency, placed under marshal law, and razed to the ground for reconstruction. But it is only business as usual in the poster child city of the true-blue Obamaesque world of the new US political triad: The Democratic Party, organised labour, and the mob.
It is hard to see how a city recovers when things have fallen this far. Detroit’s voters do not seem interested in good governance, either unwilling or unable to penalize incompetence at the polls; the political class spouts blue liberal slogans but appears to have the compassion and generosity of a pack of velociraptors; the city’s core institutions have been so corroded and degraded after decades of decline that there is little hope for improvement anytime soon. _WalterRussellMead
How do US Democratic Party-dominated governments respond when the going gets tough? They cut vital services.
Located [next to Detroit] in an area already plagued by high crime and widespread urban decay, Highland Park has essentially signed a proverbial death warrant by cutting public power. The city has already lost nearly half of its residents over the past two decades and is reportedly $58 million in debt -- but the elimination of its street lights basically ensures its continued downward spiral.

"How can you darken any city?" asked Victoria Dowdell, a resident of Highland Park who, along with her neighbors, must now deal with pitch-black public streets after dark. "I think that was a disgrace."

Detroit has also cut various city services over the years as it edges towards bankruptcy. Mike Shedlock from Business Insider wrote last December that "Motor City" has been headed towards financial insolvency for many years. An attempt to stave off collapse, city officials there have also cut major services like street repair, garbage collection, and police forces in some areas. _Michigan Third World America
As Michelle Obama so often tells her husband, referring to the ingrates who fail to worship the first couple of the US with sufficient adoration: let them eat cake -- if they can find it!

Okay, perhaps she only behaves as if she says such things, without actually saying them. At least in public.

Who needs apocalypse when you have Doombama?

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Adapted from an article published previously on abu al-fin

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Blogger Bruce Hall said...

Detroit's problems have been more due to almost 4 decades of black racist control which have driven out most of the white, well-educate, business class than simply a Democratic Party mentality... although that is certainly an underlying factor.

Detroit is about 83% black the majority of which are under-educated and in the lower economic strata. Coleman Young, a mayor for nearly 20 years, set the anti-suburb [white] theme of Detroit politics that would last for almost 2 more decades after he left.

The latest mayor, Dave Bing, former Detroit Pistons guard, joins Dennis Archer as the only Detroit mayors in 40 years who did not directly appeal to the racist instincts of Detroit blacks. Bing, as a businessman, understands the need for an efficient and effective government. But he faces 4 decades of entrenched interests and improvements are agonizingly slow in coming.

Detroit's overriding problem is that it has a population of just over 700,000 while serving an area that was viable when it had a population of 2,500,000. With vast tracts of uninhabited or uninhabitable areas, the city is unable to provide basic services to its residents.

I wrote to Mayor Bing in Feb. 2011 stating the case that his strategy to downsize Detroit's government was only realistic if Detroit downsized geographically. Little has changed that perspective.


Sunday, 15 January, 2012  
Blogger al fin said...

Thanks, Bruce.

Detroit is a great ongoing tragedy, but unfortunately it is not nearly as exceptional a story as it should be.

As one begins connecting the dots of various cities around the US following the same sad trajectory as Detroit, a number of common factors leap out.

You point out one significant factor -- the racist rabble-rousing of Democratic Party politicians. Ruinous pension and benefit packages for public sector unions are another factor. Out and out in-your-face corruption is another. Behind the scenes, connections with organised crime inevitably exist as well. And like vultures, the trial lawyers can always be found picking over the bones.

What would life be like for the US without the foul stench of such political rats' nests, stinking all the way to Washington DC?

Sunday, 15 January, 2012  
Blogger Bob said...

Time for a charter city experiment in Detroit.

Monday, 16 January, 2012  
Blogger Matt M said...

Millions of black Americans back on the Plantation - working for the Democrat overseer.

Tuesday, 17 January, 2012  

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