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To: Olog-hai
Private enterprise built the original Michigan middle class. In know because I was there when Michigan (the southeastern part) was a great place to live.

What killed Detroit was federal regulation, forced busing, democratic mayors and their sponge-worthy sycophants who can't get enough of taxpayer bacon.

Detroit is pretty much a Worker's Paradise now. Yeah, they are all in charge and they are all cashing in all their Obama coupons.

14 posted on 12/10/2012 5:39:44 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: Slyfox

Let’s cut to the chase about Detroit.

What killed Detroit was the white flight that started in the late 50’s as the population of blacks rose rather quickly, and with the increase in the black population came the usual conditions that come along with an increase in a black population: Crime, violence and social unrest.

By the time of the 1967 riots, the white population was already “one foot out the door.” After ‘67, the white folks said “See ya, gotta go” and with them the source of tax revenue and civic pride left as well.

Today, there’s almost no white population left in Detroit. Their political power structure is quite third-world in both their economic outlook and their level of corruption. No sane, law-abiding business owner would want to locate in Detroit. If your business is selling crack pipes and stolen merchandise, then Detroit is a garden of profit.

But if you’re trying to be a legit, law-abiding business owner... Detroit is the last place in the US where you’d set up shop.


45 posted on 12/10/2012 6:51:00 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Slyfox
Private enterprise built the original Michigan middle class.

Actually, with respect to America, the middle class was already there. It was just known by a different name.

Back in the age of aristocracy, the term "middle class" wasn't used at all. The division was between the High and the Low. The High were royalty, aristocracy, knighthood and gentry. The Low were commoners.

But as society progressed through the Middle Ages and afterwards, a third class developed. Distinctively, they were people without the authority to lord it over others but also beholden to none. Unlike the peasant, they were free.

It's this class that was the original middle class. In America, they were known as "yeomen farmers" because America started off agricultural. A yeoman farmer was not wealthy or powerful, but he owned his own land and answered to no man: he only answered to the law of the land.

When you see this, you'll realize that America began as a middle-class nation. Those yeoman farmers had signature middle-class virtues like diligence, forethought and courtesy. They also had a surprisingly high literacy rate long before the first public school opened.

[For the last, you can thank Protestantism. Sola scriptura doesn't mean a lot if you don't know how to read Scripture. Consequently, the Protestants saw literacy as a religious duty except for slaves. The Catholics, of course, followed suit.]

So you could say with a lot of accuracy that America was always middle class. The yeoman farmer, and his analog in the trades, put the drop on the notion that the American middle class is peculiarly modern. The liberals who like to claim the unions built the middle class are like the EPA ideologues who like to claim that the EPA is responsible for the clean air in the countryside.

55 posted on 12/10/2012 7:31:54 PM PST by danielmryan
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To: Slyfox

Obama so despises the private sector he can not give it any glory.


69 posted on 12/10/2012 9:08:53 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Slyfox

you mentioned forced busing.

I was not around during that time but I;ve never understood why some people thought it was a good idea to get blacks, take them to a white school or area and make them live with whites or go to school with them.

WHy not let them move and go where they wanted on their own free will, why the forced busing.?

My wife is from Boston thankfully I got her out of there and moved south to st augustine north east FL.and worked in south Boston where they had busing there.

The people said that it enevr worked, still does not work and that the policies have destroyed those areas and schools plus brought more drugs and violence .

Is that what happened in MI.?

I’ve been there to Detroit and it;s one of the biggest holes I;ve been to, no offence


144 posted on 12/13/2012 5:04:47 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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