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The ruins of Detroit (No place in America better symbolizes the ruination brought by Democrats)
American Thinker ^ | 01/25/2011 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 01/25/2011 7:16:08 AM PST by SeekAndFind

No place in America better symbolizes the ruination brought by Democrats than Detroit. The city has been run by Democrats for decades, while its economic life has been in thrall to the unions, which drove up wages to unsustainable levels, ruining the American auto industry.

The UK Guardian has published a selection of stunning photographs taken by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, showing the ruins of once grand buildings in the Motor City. It is heartbreaking to see -- almost as if a war was fought there.

Actually, there was, but it was a political war won by Democrats and unions, with the results starkly obvious to all not blinded by ideology. If President Obama has his way with over-regulation, union bailouts, borrowing and spending, and "spreading the wealth around," he can do for America what the Dems have done for Detroit.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: democrats; detroit; ruination
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Detroit in ruins: the photographs of Yves Marchand and Romain MeffreIn downtown Detroit, the streets are lined with abandoned hotels and swimming pools, ruined movie houses and schools, all evidence of the motor city's painful decline.

The photographs of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre capture what remains of a once-great city – and hint at the wider story of post-industrial America

1 posted on 01/25/2011 7:16:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Gallery of Detroit in Ruins here :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2011/jan/02/photography-detroit?intcmp=239


2 posted on 01/25/2011 7:17:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t it amazing what havoc socialism and social programs can do. The dopes keep doing it over and over again and you know what that proves - insanity.


3 posted on 01/25/2011 7:21:36 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: SeekAndFind

If Germans or Japanese lived there, Detroit wouldn’t be in its present condition. It would be a lot safer too.


4 posted on 01/25/2011 7:21:54 AM PST by WilliamHouston
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To: SeekAndFind

Talk about a post-Apocalypse view of a once-thriving city.


5 posted on 01/25/2011 7:21:58 AM PST by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: SeekAndFind

In 20 years Detroit will be the epitome of urban farms. That’s what they need to do, viz. raze the entire city and then farm the land.


6 posted on 01/25/2011 7:23:03 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: WilliamHouston

Might free trade also have something to do with this?

There are new German and Japanese automobile plants popping up across Alabama and Georgia. Hyundai in Montgomery and now KIA in West Point.


7 posted on 01/25/2011 7:23:23 AM PST by WilliamHouston
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To: SeekAndFind

It would be nice if the Republican Response to the SOTU address could be Paul Ryan’s voice, over the slideshow of Detroit, with periodic statements reminding people what Democrats do when they hold power for too long.


8 posted on 01/25/2011 7:23:44 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: WilliamHouston

RE: If Germans or Japanese lived there, Detroit wouldn’t be in its present condition. It would be a lot safer too.


Just 65 years ago, Germany and Japan were in ruins and Detroit was a thriving city and one of America’s most prosperous.

Kinda makes one wonder... Who the heck won the war?


9 posted on 01/25/2011 7:24:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: WilliamHouston

Germany is more socialist than the United States. Somehow Germany manages to thrive. Why is that?


10 posted on 01/25/2011 7:24:31 AM PST by WilliamHouston
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To: SeekAndFind
The police station just closed their doors and walked off leaving files and evidence behind. Unbelievable.
11 posted on 01/25/2011 7:27:23 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: WilliamHouston

Free Trade had nothing to do with this. It was the Unions forcing the price of our vehicles up, severely lacking a quality ethic that the rest of the World wanted nothing to do with. This is why nonunion foreign manufacturers are gaining a foothold. They build them at less cost, and consumers have a better product.


12 posted on 01/25/2011 7:27:37 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: SeekAndFind
This reminds me of the movies I have seen of the whole country being destroyed..Just look at this and you will see what Obama his commie Czars and most of all George Soros is trying to do to the whole country..Keep these photo and send them to everyone you know so they can see what is about to happen to all cities of this country if Obama is reelected..
13 posted on 01/25/2011 7:28:03 AM PST by PLD
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To: WilliamHouston

unions killed this city


14 posted on 01/25/2011 7:28:19 AM PST by italianquaker ( teabag the vote!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Put a fence around it and let the savages have it.


15 posted on 01/25/2011 7:28:19 AM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: SeekAndFind

Toledo is next. It’s already being called “Little Detroit”.


16 posted on 01/25/2011 7:29:45 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: bgill
The police station just closed their doors and walked off leaving files and evidence behind. Unbelievable.

The Highland Park Police Station :

17 posted on 01/25/2011 7:31:26 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

It wasn’t just the unions, it was also the Democrats playing the race card when ever there was an attempted to fix the city.


18 posted on 01/25/2011 7:33:23 AM PST by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: Lou L
I could imagine how beautiful this was during its hey day...



The ruined Spanish-Gothic interior of the United Artists Theater in Detroit. The cinema was built in 1928 by C Howard Crane, and finally closed in 1974. Never maintained or refurbished. Totally abandoned.
19 posted on 01/25/2011 7:33:43 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: WilliamHouston
Quite a few “western” countries have socialist tendencies yet seem to have productive, peaceful societies (Sweden and New Zealand come to mind). Just as a wild guess, I'll postulate that maybe, just maybe, it's the people that make the difference in those cases.
20 posted on 01/25/2011 7:34:12 AM PST by chimera
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To: SeekAndFind

Culture dies when Democrats have power.


21 posted on 01/25/2011 7:35:01 AM PST by FourPeas (From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Ja 3:10)
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To: Bitsy
The St. Christopher House Public Library ( or what's left of it ) :


22 posted on 01/25/2011 7:35:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Typical UK Guardian BS:

Cumulatively, the photographs are a powerful and disturbing testament to the glory and the destructive cost of American capitalism

Maybe they should take a look around their own country at places like Birmingham and Liverpool to see how much damage their toxic brew of socialism and unlimited Third World immigration without assimilation has wrought on the UK before blaming Detroit's woes on capitalism.

23 posted on 01/25/2011 7:36:02 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Reminds me of an old Laurel & Hardy flick (”Helpmates”). :0)


24 posted on 01/25/2011 7:39:54 AM PST by daler
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To: FourPeas
THE MICHIGAN CENTRAL STATION (or what'e left of it ).




Waiting hall, Michigan Central Station
25 posted on 01/25/2011 7:41:18 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Photobucket

A-What does that sticker say?

B-Is that a photo of Jesse Jackson?

C-Is that Bill Ayers?

26 posted on 01/25/2011 7:42:49 AM PST by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: SeekAndFind
THE EAST METHODIST CHURCH OF DETROIT :


27 posted on 01/25/2011 7:42:51 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: dragonblustar

A - Get Tough On Drugs
B - No.
C - Yes.


28 posted on 01/25/2011 7:44:06 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: SeekAndFind

The people of Detroit have lost immeasurable treasure in these buildings, but even more in the attitude that’s been fostered which allowed Detroit to rot. The buildings are corpses of the human spirit that no longer lives in Detroit, killed by Democrats and their labor unions.


29 posted on 01/25/2011 7:45:42 AM PST by FourPeas (From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Ja 3:10)
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To: WilliamHouston
WilliamHouston wrote: Germany is more socialist than the United States. Somehow Germany manages to thrive. Why is that?

Germany survives solely because of Free Trade. They are a 70% service based economy and only 29% manufacturing based. They are not Socialist, they have tightly controlled welfare and very limited numbers of people drawing money off of the Government. They call themselves a Democratic Republic. Their overall economic policy and government is quite Conservative. Their Legal system is also something to be admired. Criminals are promptly PUNISHED and there is no drawn out appeals system in their courts. Criminals are dealt with swiftly and harshly! They also have a direct "Pay as you go" system of Government. If the money is not there, it does not go!

30 posted on 01/25/2011 7:49:25 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: SeekAndFind

31 posted on 01/25/2011 7:52:08 AM PST by Zakeet (Always trust in the five G's: God, Gold, Guns, Grub, and the Government screwing up)
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To: dragonblustar

The sticker says: “God ****** On Drugs”

I can’t read the word after God.


32 posted on 01/25/2011 7:53:26 AM PST by kcvl
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To: LouAvul

The only problem I have with your idea is that the ghetto’s will just move to another city and it will start all over again. We need to do something about the people that cause our big cities to get into this condition. That is the big question. What do we do with all these people, people that really don’t care about our country.


33 posted on 01/25/2011 7:54:14 AM PST by RC2
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To: WilliamHouston

German culture embraces a work ethic, not so for the inhabitants of Detroit. Detroit is filled with victims with an entitlement mentality they were taught by Democrats. They’re waiting for “Obama Money” to come and save them. Until then, they’re more than happy to trash anything Daddy Government gives them because they know more will be on the way.


34 posted on 01/25/2011 7:55:39 AM PST by FourPeas (From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Ja 3:10)
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To: SeekAndFind

Give California another year, and it will be giving Detroit a run for that title!


35 posted on 01/25/2011 7:57:20 AM PST by RightWingConspirator (Impeach the Communist Kenyan Fraud and his band of Czars)
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To: WilliamHouston
"Germany is more socialist than the United States. Somehow Germany manages to thrive. Why is that?"

Some say, and I'm among them, that the German work ethic and innate obedience to authority is the main reason. Old cliche about giving Germans a choice order and freedom has 'em choosing order uber alles.

More on Germans from John Brownlee, who just moved back here, he says:

"Convenience. That was a dirty word in Germany. German efficiency is much vaunted, but really, what Germans are excellent at slavishly following an infinitely complex protocol of rules and regulations. This is excellent for keeping the trains on time, but it’s not the same as efficiency, because everything breaks down in the face of the smallest element of chaos. In a system of such casual Kafka-esque bureaucracy, no wonder Germans are so offended by the idea of not playing by the rules, even when those rules are absurd. For an American like me who has returned from abroad, then, the biggest culture shock is American convenience…"

Unevenly Distributed: How Online Pizza Delivery Makes America The Best Country In The World http://www.gearfuse.com/unevenly-distributed-how-online-pizza-delivery-makes-america-the-best-country-in-the-world/
36 posted on 01/25/2011 8:00:38 AM PST by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Washington, DC’s Union Station looked pretty much like that before being beautifully refurbished. Of course, that station has the benefit of being on Capitol Hill and on the increasingly popular DC/NY corridor.


37 posted on 01/25/2011 8:03:03 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: flowerplough
giving Germans a choice between order and freedom
38 posted on 01/25/2011 8:03:36 AM PST by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: dragonblustar

Looks like

Get Tough
On Drugs!


39 posted on 01/25/2011 8:06:07 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (America has two cancers - democrats and RINOS.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Two thoughts upon seeing the photos.

One is the quote by Rush: “Being liberal means never having to say you are sorry.” Detroit was devastated by liberalism, but who continues to get blamed? Republicans!

The second is an opportunity for Detroit to make money off of the blight: Make it available for Hollywood to use in movies with apocalyptic themes. Absolutely nothing would have to be added to the sets!


40 posted on 01/25/2011 8:08:08 AM PST by Nevadan
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To: RC2
Our Liberal Public Schools system has produced entire generations of these people.

Looking at the 9 Stages of Civilization, (primarily Democracy's) we are between the 8th and 9th stage, somewhere between Complacency and Dependency. The last stage is of course “Tyranny”. The average age of such a civilization is around 200 years. Our age is 235 years.

There is no reversing this process once it hits the 7th stage. (”Apathy”) Even great Civilizations that have lasted for more than 200 years, repeat this process within themselves. (Rome, China, etc,)

41 posted on 01/25/2011 8:09:17 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: WilliamHouston
In comparison

Hiroshima 1945

Hiroshima 2010

That we allowed our cities to be destroyed is a national embarrassment.

42 posted on 01/25/2011 8:15:11 AM PST by Last Dakotan (Hunting - the ultimate in organic grocery shopping.)
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To: WilliamHouston
Germany is more socialist than the United States. Somehow Germany manages to thrive. Why is that?

Africa isn't thriving.

43 posted on 01/25/2011 8:17:38 AM PST by Last Dakotan (Hunting - the ultimate in organic grocery shopping.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Germany does not call themselves a Democratic Republic. That was the name of the former East Germany. Technically Germany is named the Federal Republic of Germany.


44 posted on 01/25/2011 8:19:17 AM PST by fishnsoldier (The second ammendment ensures they don't forget about the others.)
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To: bassmaner; chimera
"Typical UK Guardian BS: Cumulatively, the photographs are a powerful and disturbing testament to the glory and the destructive cost of American capitalism"

Correction: Its a powerful and disturbing testament to the glory and the destructive cost of American CRONY capitalism (aka "Government Intervention" in the private business sector")

The only reason nanny-state Socialist countries can afford to spend money on "social programs", is because they are relieved of the responsibility to spend money for their own defense. The American taxpayer provides that umbrella for them.

45 posted on 01/25/2011 8:19:20 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Trent Lott on Tea Party candidates: "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them" 7/19/10)
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To: All

Click my screen name and at the top of the page, read this:

In Defense of Capitalism

EXCERPT: “Only capitalism operates on the basis of respect for free, independent, responsible persons. All other systems in varying degrees treat men as less than this. Socialist systems above all treat men as pawns to be moved about by the authorities, or as children to be given what the rulers decide is good for them, or as serfs or slaves. The rulers begin by boasting about their compassion, which in any case is fraudulent, but after a time they drop this pretense which they find unnecessary for the maintenance of power. In all things they act on the presumption that they know best. Therefore they and their systems are morally stunted. Only the free system, the much assailed capitalism, is morally mature.” ~ Dr. Ronald H. Nash


46 posted on 01/25/2011 8:25:50 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Trent Lott on Tea Party candidates: "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them" 7/19/10)
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To: SeekAndFind
Cumulatively, the photographs are a powerful and disturbing testament to the glory and the destructive cost of American capitalism

There's all the further you need to read.

47 posted on 01/25/2011 8:30:03 AM PST by Last Dakotan (Hunting - the ultimate in organic grocery shopping.)
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To: Matchett-PI
The so called "white flight" from the city centre began in the 1950s and, soon, as Sugrue puts it, "an increasingly black city was surrounded by a ring of communities that were all white". This "white noose", as one contemporary observer referred to it, helped strangle the inner city, both economically and socially, turning it into a series of large ghettos intercut by freeway.

Obviously current Detroit is the fault of white people. /heavy sarc

48 posted on 01/25/2011 8:37:39 AM PST by Last Dakotan (Hunting - the ultimate in organic grocery shopping.)
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To: FourPeas

Detroit was the best place in the world to grow up in during the 50’s and 60’s.
I was on the East-Side, near Detroit City Airport.
It is staggering to go back there and see what the Left has wrought.


49 posted on 01/25/2011 8:42:46 AM PST by gigster
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To: EDINVA
Washington, DC’s Union Station looked pretty much like that before being beautifully refurbished. Of course, that station has the benefit of being on Capitol Hill and on the increasingly popular DC/NY corridor.

Well, it was refurbished as a result of the Union Station Redevelopment Act of 1981, a public-private endeavor signed by Ronald Reagan.

I remember using Union Station in the 70's. It was terrible. Carter had managed some kind of bicentennial development effort, outfitting the Main Hall with a recessed pit to display a slide show presentation. This was officially the PAVE (Primary Audio-Visual Experience), but was sarcastically referred to by us who used the station as "the Pit."

50 posted on 01/25/2011 8:44:15 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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