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Detroit Betrayed: The Radical Wrecking Of An Iconic City
Forbes ^ | 01/14/2013 | Spyridon Mitsotakis

Posted on 01/14/2013 7:23:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Sometimes it’s better to tell a story backwards, from end to beginning. This story ends on December 10, 2012, when President Obama traveled to Michigan—a state with unemployment over 9 percent. He made a stop in Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, which is bankrupt. There, Obama made the ironic boast: “You only have to look to Michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how unions have helped build not just a stronger middle class but a stronger America.”

Of course, the auto industry, like much of the rest of Detroit, is in ruins. This is the state of the city and its main industry … at the end of the story.

Flashback some 20-plus years, to 1988, when Howard Johnson—who had been one of the leading communists in Harlem during the Great Depression—told interviewer Kay Takora about his return home from World War II: “I came back into activity in the Communist Party…. I at first became county educational director. New York county was the biggest county organization. From ’46 to ’49. And during that same period, I was assigned to help build a national Negro veterans organization which was called the United Negro and Allied Veterans of America [UNAVA]. And that had the backing of the party and I was assigned by the party to work in that along with my duties as educational director of the county organization.”

Howard Johnson continued, eventually bringing the conversation to Detroit, and to Detroit’s mayor, Coleman Young: “When UNAVA was formed, I was elected national vice-commander in charge of education, which fit my training, and the other national vice-commander was Coleman Young, who was national vice-commander in charge of labor.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: decay; detroit
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1 posted on 01/14/2013 7:23:21 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Lets not forget why Obozo went to Detroit in the first place.

December 10, 2012

Michigan Republican Party chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s visit to Michigan today:

“It’s interesting that President Obama has chosen to stop in Michigan to propose his economic recovery plan of higher taxes, more spending and broken budgets. Here in Michigan we’ve seen actual economic recovery by streamlining government, cutting taxes and balancing budgets.

“The President’s divisive message and attack on Michigan workers is just another indication of how out of touch Pres. Obama has become. President Obama’s continued attempt to subvert state rights is an assult on our federal system.

“I encourage the former law professor and our current President brush up on the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, ‘The powers not delegated to the United states by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’

“The President’s stance is a blatant attack on Michigan workers and demonstrates the President’s staunch support of special interest union bosses. Thankfully, Michigan Republican leaders are here to provide a firewall for Michigan workers and their families and to keep Michigan’s turnaround on course.”

2 posted on 01/14/2013 7:25:52 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Very good article from a history student who shows that there are still some very good lib arts departments out there. Even in New York.


3 posted on 01/14/2013 7:27:32 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Obama went down to Dee-Troit, he was lookin for a soul to steal.....

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4 posted on 01/14/2013 7:28:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
LOL Even Top Gear beats up on Detroit.

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5 posted on 01/14/2013 7:32:50 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s funny. Are you going to the show?


6 posted on 01/14/2013 7:38:44 AM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Iconic City ... following decades of corrupt Liberal (yes, redundant) Rule ...


7 posted on 01/14/2013 7:50:51 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: ILS21R

I only go to Detroit for baseball games.


8 posted on 01/14/2013 7:54:10 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Every Republican press conference should be held in Detroit.


9 posted on 01/14/2013 7:57:18 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

The city that ambition built and greed tore down.


10 posted on 01/14/2013 8:01:07 AM PST by jongaltsr
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To: SeekAndFind

In 1968,1969 &1970 I was working at Chrysler’s Eldon Ave. Axle Plant on the 3RD. shift. Every night we had from 10 to 20 new hires arrive at our gate entrance ready for work.When lunch came(and sometimes before it)many of these new hires would exit our gates and quit, because the job was to hard or whatever? They’d just go down the street to Plymouth Assembly or to Chevy Gear and Axle and get hired as new employees. Jobs were that plentiful then. When I retired in 1995 these once plentiful jobs were being raffled off and most of the job raffle winners went to UAW Union reps kids?

Now Detroit is an economic waste land:not recognizable by me or any other ex Chrysler, GM or Ford retirees?

I’d bet that many of these new hire quitters(in retrospect)would now/then reconsider there foolish folly of quitting a job before it really actually began? Now a days job applicants would literally stand on their heads to acquire big 3 manufacturing jobs like those that were plentiful during my time at the big 3.


11 posted on 01/14/2013 8:03:25 AM PST by zbogwan2
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To: SeekAndFind

I haven’t been to Detroit in over 45 years. From everything I’ve read I see no reason to go now.

At the current rate of decline Detroit will be able to change names, and officially become “Hell” in a few years.


12 posted on 01/14/2013 8:11:31 AM PST by RavenATB
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To: SeekAndFind
I was there once years ago during the "transition" -- people were righteously furious at their beautiful city being destroyed:
13 posted on 01/14/2013 8:16:08 AM PST by Bon of Babble (Instant Human....Add Coffee)
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To: RavenATB

You might be surprised. Detroit actually has a bit of a fighting chance with the state in GOP hands and Detroit increasingly under state control.

The democrats just handed the crack addict a blank check, the republicans are controlling how money is spent.


14 posted on 01/14/2013 8:19:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Having recently reviewed Detroit’s public literacy statistics, I’d be very surprised.


15 posted on 01/14/2013 8:23:22 AM PST by RavenATB
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To: Bon of Babble

Back when I was in school, there was a rumor that “TheMan” had introduced crack to Detroit, to wipe out the black population.

It is true, except TheMan is a group of progressive liberals, from both the Republican and Democratic parties.

They have always been looking under the wrong beds, for the wrong boggie-dy man.


16 posted on 01/14/2013 8:23:34 AM PST by Truth2012
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To: SeekAndFind; Pelham; dixiechick2000; WKB; mrsmel
Detroit's issue is demographics more than democrats.

bad as democrats are

any city with those demographics is doomed

Memphis and my hometown of Jackson MS are two big examples too

my hometown 50 years ago was 75% white and had been 100% democrat since Occupation and functioned fairly nice actually...in fact it was bucolic and a great traditional safe place to grow up

Now it's exactly like Detroit...demographic shift

folks who haven't lived it simply will never understand

my children view 80% of Jackson proper as a set for the Walking Dead series...desolate and decay with goblins lounging in the street all day...it is unbelievable...soon enough there will be 100s and 100s of vacant acres...we saw one church steeple fallen over off West Capital street...just collapsed..100 feet high...in an area near the Zoo that was once bustling middle and some upper middle class homes on that street and Clinton blvd and nay even a Country Club...now a veritable wasteland

i was just there to pick up my elderly aunt to bring back to middle TN and every time I am there I wish I could take some daft preachy freepers with me for a tour and a history lesson

i can think of several that could really use it

17 posted on 01/14/2013 8:26:21 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: zbogwan2

Hehe, I ended up getting a job at Mound Road Engine in 2000, had to jump through some flaming hoops to get that job. 13 years later, and the plant is now a parking lot, literally. Most of the people I worked with believed they were entitled to the job they had, being the kids of the life long employees working there. Man, did they get a rude awakening.


18 posted on 01/14/2013 8:29:34 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: cripplecreek; All
You might be surprised. Detroit actually has a bit of a fighting chance with the state in GOP hands and Detroit increasingly under state control.

Oh did you see the Macinaw Centers and all the "Right Wing Groups" proposal for Belle Isle the other day?

Yes, take it away from Detroit and make it a Territory of the US and a Tax Free Zone and you have to buy into it for $300,000 large as a magnet for entrepreneurs. Give-me's for starving artist etc to get in that can't afford the nut.

As you can imagine the Detwaa City Coucil blew a head gasket!

LOL!! screw um if they can't take a good idea!!!

It is a fantastic idea, I can link but can't post, it was in the verboten Detwaa newspaper....

19 posted on 01/14/2013 8:32:28 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: SeekAndFind

There is no doubt that Coleman Young was a Vice Commander.


20 posted on 01/14/2013 8:43:29 AM PST by Paladin2
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