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Let Detroit Go Bankrupt? It Already Has [50 years of Democrat rule destroys "Paris of the Midwest"]
Front Page Magazine ^ | October 24, 2012 | Daniel Flynn

Posted on 10/24/2012 2:15:57 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

“I’m a son of Detroit,” Mitt Romney confessed during Monday’s presidential debate. “I was born in Detroit. My dad was head of a car company. I like American cars. And I would do nothing to hurt the U.S. auto industry.” But like so many Detroiters, Mitt Romney left before the capital of the U.S. auto industry could hurt him. Detroit is scary.

Detroit has just been named the most dangerous city in America. This is the fourth consecutive year that Forbes has bestowed the dishonor upon the Motor City. A few years back, the Bay Area Center for Voting Research named Detroit the most liberal city in America. If you believe the two listings are mere coincidence, I have a domed stadium in Pontiac to sell you.

Detroit proves that liberalism is hazardous to your health.

America’s most dangerous city hasn’t been governed by a Republican for a half century. Yet, on November 6, the city’s residents will again take out their anger on a Republican—this time one of the city’s sons—at the polls. The worse the performance of Detroit’s hard-left officeholders paradoxically means the greater the punishment for the party that opposes them. When the largest employer in a city is the city itself, urging the cut backs necessary to attract employers is seen as an attack on employment.

Detroit’s violent crime rate, more than five times the national average, is shocking only when glimpsed outside the context of the city’s other depressing social trends. The illegitimacy rate is 85 percent. Two thirds of the city’s children live in poverty. Less than a third of ninth graders graduate from high school within four years. Just 53 percent of the adults are functionally literate. The people are as bleak as the decrepit concrete landscape.

So is the government. The city has closed half of its schools during the past decade, hasn’t fixed the 40 percent of its street lights that remain broken, and has decided to divert a huge chunk of its 911 calls to a telephonic queue. “It’s giving criminals the wrong idea,” Tony Wright, a retired Detroit homicide detective featured on A&E’s The First 48, explained. “If you want to do something, do it in Detroit. The police won’t show up.”

Like Mitt Romney, most people born in Detroit no longer live in Detroit. In 1950, 1.85 million people lived there. Detroit, which lost 200,000 people during the last decade, now hosts about 710,000. Motown Records has rebuffed Michigan for Manhattan. Eminem has extracted himself from 8 Mile and moved to Rochester Hills. Even the Motor City Madman isn’t crazy enough to live in Detroit.

It’s not that there aren’t inducements to moving there. The median home on the market sells for $86,000—$13,000 less than the city with the second lowest housing prices. Buyers looking for a fixer-upper can find listings for gutted 3-bedroom homes for as low as $500. But when your neighbors are a pack of feral cats, a crack dealer, and a jungle of weedy overgrowth, even $500 is too expensive.

No group surveys the American city that most closely resembles 1980s Beirut or postwar Dresden. If one did, Detroit would be its place. Detroit is number one in chlamydia. But its baseball team is in the World Series. So it’s a wash, right?

Sixty years ago, Detroit was the wealthiest city in the United States. Today, it is by far America’s poorest big city. There is a cautionary tale here for the U.S.: things fall apart—fast. America may not go from riches to rags. But the mighty do fall. Because America is the most powerful nation today doesn’t necessarily follow that it will be the most powerful nation tomorrow. In Detroit, corruption, lavish government sinecures, muddleheaded social policies, horrible schools, greedy unions, overbearing taxes, gutter morality, and too many eggs in one industrial basket combined to make the first the worst. To the extent that America follows the policies embraced by Detroit, America will not, as Mitt Romney worried in Monday night’s debate, follow the road to Greece but instead will follow the one that leads back to Mitt Romney’s birthplace.

It is strangely fitting that the presidential candidates fixated on Detroit during a foreign policy debate. Policies have certainly made Detroit very foreign to anyone familiar with “the Paris of the Midwest.” The city that gave the world Henry Ford and Berry Gordy now gives us the likes of jailed mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and disgraced police chief Ralph Godbee, Jr. “Governor,” President Obama remarked Monday night, “the people in Detroit don’t forget.” If this is true, memory may be a more painful blow than the crime, illegitimacy, and poverty they currently experience. Not long ago, Detroit was one of the most thriving cities on Earth. The Paris of the Midwest has become the Basketcase of the Midwest.

Let Detroit go bankrupt? It already has. The $16 trillion question for the presidential candidates is whether they will let America go Detroit.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democraticparty; detroit; economy; unemployment

1 posted on 10/24/2012 2:16:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Los Angeles Times: Obama for president
2 posted on 10/24/2012 2:18:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

   

Nuke it! It worked for Hiroshima...
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3 posted on 10/24/2012 2:35:41 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

One of the few enterprises making money in Detroit is “Hard Core Pawn.” And their customers give you a good idea why Detroit is so dangerous.


4 posted on 10/24/2012 2:39:49 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I was in Detroit at various times from 2002 to 2005.

The city as seen from Windsor, Ontario Canada has a stunning skyline. But its also dead from a human viewpoint.

If we don’t turn things around in America, it could well be the Detroit of the future.


5 posted on 10/24/2012 2:45:58 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved FrieGrnd Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Detroit proves that liberalism is hazardous to your health.

No doubt but there is also something else at work here. Hmm, wonder what that is?

6 posted on 10/24/2012 2:57:04 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama has to “nationalize” his communism so that people can’t flee from socialist strongholds (with the highest taxes) to more business-friendly states - the electoral college math gets worse for Dems with every census.

ObamaCare goes a long way towards that goal.


7 posted on 10/24/2012 3:18:06 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Socialism and Moslem immigration — uhmm...anyone see a pattern emerging?


8 posted on 10/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: kearnyirish2

9 posted on 10/24/2012 4:06:04 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The best thing that could be done to Detroit, would be to disallow welfare within its borders. If you don’t have a job, you would need to move elsewhere. Then the recovery could begin.


10 posted on 10/24/2012 4:11:52 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (political correctness is communist thought control, disguised as good manners)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

With all the weekly killings, will Chicago be the new Detroit?

Next week if they start burning buildings in the Windy City on Halloween we might see a trend.


11 posted on 10/24/2012 4:15:14 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well, at least the former “Paris of the Midwest” will take down the current “Gay Par-ee of the West” in the World Series.


12 posted on 10/24/2012 4:32:50 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I’ve never been to Paris but I *have* been to Detroit...recently.One can only hope,for the sake of Parisians,that Paris doesn't look quite *that* bad.
13 posted on 10/24/2012 4:37:49 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: PapaBear3625

” If you don’t have a job, you would need to move elsewhere.”

There’s a ton of work that needs to be done in Detroit, but who will pay you to do that work? If you get out a ladder and fix a broken streetlight, nobody will pay you a dime.


14 posted on 10/24/2012 4:53:02 AM PDT by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: luvbach1

LOL I always tell people to watch the two Pawn Shows if they want to see the difference between living in a white city and living in a black one.

This Post tells us of the problems of Detroit ,but it doesn’t give a real cause,
We can try to ignore it , we can be called racist for saying it, but Detroit is 82.7 % black, That is the real problem. No white city in the world with an 82.7% white population can compare with those kind of crime statistics.


15 posted on 10/24/2012 4:59:31 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

16 posted on 10/24/2012 5:01:03 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NE1, NC, FL, VA, OH, CO, IA, NV, NH = 291EV)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bump


17 posted on 10/24/2012 5:02:09 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bump


18 posted on 10/24/2012 5:05:54 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Gay State Conservative
"I’ve never been to Paris but I *have* been to Detroit...recently.One can only hope,for the sake of Parisians,that Paris doesn't look quite *that* bad."

Been to both, and the Islamic ghettos in Paris are headed for Detroit's fall...

19 posted on 10/24/2012 5:07:16 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NE1, NC, FL, VA, OH, CO, IA, NV, NH = 291EV)
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To: Gay State Conservative
One can only hope,for the sake of Parisians,that Paris doesn't look quite *that* bad.

Paris has its bad parts, but not even those just have an old, run-down, shabby feel - not a post-apocalyptic wasteland appearance like Detroit.

20 posted on 10/24/2012 5:28:04 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The title is ironic (?).
At one time, Beirut was on the verge of becoming “the Paris of the Middle East”. Then the muzzies started a whole ration of shit and the Christian Lebanese fled.

To where did they flee?
Detroit, largely.

Now they’ve got to hear the damned muzzie caterwalling the drove them from their original homes.


21 posted on 10/24/2012 5:40:01 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: PapaBear3625

Why do you think Detroiters fled to the suburbs?
You’d drive that very reason out to the suburbs and destroy those Communities, too?

No. Detroit should be EXCLUSIVELY for welfare loafers. Nothing goes in, nothing comes out. It would collapse and we could raze the city and start over.


22 posted on 10/24/2012 5:41:57 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Bon mots

23 posted on 10/24/2012 6:21:23 AM PDT by Zakeet (Calling the Obozo/Bernack economy sluggish is an insult to slugs)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Navy boot camp, San Diego, June 1962. Everyone asks everyone where are you from? I tell them I grew up in South Carolina. Most look at me with a look of pity and contempt. Those few from Detroit look down their noses in scorn and reply that, “
I grew up in Detroit” as if saying, “I grew up in a castle because I am a prince.”
Kinda different now.


24 posted on 10/24/2012 8:43:22 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Free healthcare is worth FAR LESS than it costs.)
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To: Bon mots
the difference is in the people that live in those cities...

amazing that real communists in China can built a beautiful and more prosperous city than wannabe commies in Detroit

25 posted on 10/24/2012 3:07:32 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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Editorial: Mitt Romney for President

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121025/OPINION01/210250332/1008/opinion01/Editorial-Mitt-Romney-President


26 posted on 10/25/2012 6:07:47 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Romney was speaking of the auto companies in Detroit. That became corrupted by the use of the word Detroit that although a city is a synonym for the auto industry.

The resulting slander of Romney for the confusion introduced by the slanderers is presstitute mal practice.


27 posted on 10/25/2012 6:15:21 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: sheikdetailfeather
at least somebody gets it... what good it'll do i don't know
28 posted on 10/25/2012 2:48:00 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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