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How the Democrats Destroyed Detroit
http://frontpagemag.com ^ | March 4, 2013 | arnold ahlert

Posted on 03/04/2013 4:23:24 PM PST by lowbridge

An unbroken series of Democratic mayors followed, all of whom had a hand in implementing the full panoply of progressive policies, highlighted by the giveaways to public service employees. Their outlandish salaries and benefit packages, coupled with highly inefficient work rules, killed the golden goose: the auto industry, and its attendant industrial community headed South, where lower taxes and right-to-work rules kept their businesses afloat.

The same swath of progressive policies destroyed the public school system as well. Perhaps nothing illustrates the corrupting influence of those policies better than the Detroit Federation of Teachers’ success in scuttling a $200 million offer by businessman and philanthropist Robert Thompson to build 15 charter schools in the city in 2003. Ten years later, the Detroit Public School (DPS) system remains a cesspool of failure, corruption and bankruptcy, all of which is chronicled here.

Considering some of the men who have run this city, Detroit’s descent into socialistic ruination should surprise no one. From 1974 to 1993, Coleman Young, who was subsequently revealed to be a member of the Communist Party, was mayor of the city. He failed to stem Detroit’s descent into chaos, and in 1992 his police chief was convicted of stealing $2.6 million from city taxpayers, even as Young defended him. Michigan’s hard-left U.S. Senator Carl Levin was Young’s chief supporter, serving as Detroit City Council president.

Kwame Kilpatrick, who served as Mayor from 2002 to 2008, represents the epitome of corruption. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to two felonies and no contest to a third one, receiving a sentence of 120 days. In 2010, he received a five year sentence for probation violations stemming from his obstruction of justice conviction.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; michigan

1 posted on 03/04/2013 4:23:34 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

But Michael Moore, a Flint native, knows better. It was all Roger Smith’s fault.


2 posted on 03/04/2013 4:26:03 PM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: lowbridge

However the democrats destroyed anything, they could not have done it without the help of the idiot Americans who vote for them.


3 posted on 03/04/2013 4:27:27 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: lowbridge

Funny how no one actually wants to live under socialism...


4 posted on 03/04/2013 4:29:19 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: lowbridge

Behold the future of the USA.

Substitute Obama, Biden, and Pelosi for Young, Levin, and Kilpatrick.


5 posted on 03/04/2013 4:29:26 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: blackdog

Just chickens coming home to roost....and an Albatross named “Sequester” for Obama.


6 posted on 03/04/2013 4:29:38 PM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: lowbridge

This is what democrats do and yet people that I know from Michigan still vote for the sobs.


7 posted on 03/04/2013 4:30:10 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: lowbridge

I haven’t bought a UAW assembled car since 1990.Communist pols and Communist union leaders are the reason.


8 posted on 03/04/2013 4:32:10 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: lowbridge
Considering some of the men who have run this city, Detroit’s descent into socialistic ruination should surprise no one. From 1974 to 1993, Coleman Young, who was subsequently revealed to be a member of the Communist Party, was mayor of the city.

The Late Mark Scott, Libertarian SE Michigan Talk show host used to say C. Young was a Commie all the time!

RIP Mark, Excelsor! My friend !

9 posted on 03/04/2013 4:34:18 PM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: lowbridge

I might get banned , post deleted or flamed but blacks are the primary cause of Detroit’s destruction.

Blacks destroy, raise crime rates and drive business out of every city whenever they become the dominant race.


10 posted on 03/04/2013 4:38:28 PM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: lowbridge

11 posted on 03/04/2013 4:45:12 PM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: lowbridge; All
The same swath of progressive policies destroyed the public school system as well. Perhaps nothing illustrates the corrupting influence of those policies better than the Detroit Federation of Teachers’ success in scuttling a $200 million offer by businessman and philanthropist Robert Thompson to build 15 charter schools in the city in 2003. Ten years later, the Detroit Public School (DPS) system remains a cesspool of failure, corruption and bankruptcy, all of which is chronicled here.

For those of you in Rio-Linda you have no idea how big this story is.

Mr Thompson, Concrete Magnet, sells business. If my memory is correct, gives employees who help him make it big between 250k and 750k in bonuses and oh ya, a financial planners services to go with it, so you didn't blow it. Another rumor is who funded a 5th grade class to the NASA Space Camp? to the tune of 5 million because it was EVERY 5th grader that year in the city of Canton, the kids are Sophomores in College but we will never know if it was Mr. Thompson, since it was an anonymous donor.

Now when he made the offer for the Charter Schools, the teachers in Detwaa were so pissed about his offer, they took the day off and protested in Lansing. I know one liberal teacher that was so offended she became a right wing loon and left the school system because of it.

12 posted on 03/04/2013 4:45:17 PM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: lowbridge

13 posted on 03/04/2013 4:45:25 PM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

My tagline is relevant to your post.


14 posted on 03/04/2013 4:48:54 PM PST by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: nascarnation
Behold the future of the USA.

I was punching around on the radio on my ride home today and came across some libs on NPR discussing this. The moderator asked what has caused this. The response was a bunch of gobbledygook.

One of them mentioned that Detroit is 80% black. I knew the black population was high but was surprised it is that high.

And therein lies, IMHO, the big difference between Detroit and the rest of the US.

15 posted on 03/04/2013 5:00:14 PM PST by upchuck (nobama fact #69: For each job created by the nobama administration, 75 people went on food stamps.)
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To: 2banana

“Funny how no one actually wants to live under socialism...”

Unless you are “connected”...then, it’s great, while it lasts...and then the locusts move on...


16 posted on 03/04/2013 5:00:30 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: lowbridge

So, how do you fix Detroit? The government is unresponsive, so people don’t pay their taxes. They knowingly vote thieves into office. Even if you fix it now, how do you keep them from voting more thieves into office? How do you keep other cities from doing the same thing?


17 posted on 03/04/2013 5:10:29 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: taildragger

Remember listening/learning from Mark to this day. He called Coleman a commie and Rush a statist constantly. He was right on both counts.


18 posted on 03/04/2013 5:12:38 PM PST by postban ("The path to true knowledge is paved with wasted money" copyright postban forever!)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Sadly, the majority of the black race is unable to lead because THEY can not overcome the color of their own skin. They lead with rage and vindictivness against the whites. There would never be such a study conducted, but if there was, I think we would find devastating numbers that reflect the absurd spending on dead end projects, favoring the black minority. We would find unqualified people placed in positions of authority, simply because of their color and we would find school districts that are utter failures, because of racist black educators. It is all over ths nation and until people are willing to talk about the real truths, nothing will improve.


19 posted on 03/04/2013 5:12:49 PM PST by Toespi
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To: chris37
However the democrats destroyed anything, they could not have done it without the help of the idiot Americans who vote for them.

Yes, but did you figure in the political engineering implemented to drive out those that know better?

Boston's Curley bragged about chasing out those that would oppose him in the first half of the 20th century with higher taxes and other "city hall" methods.

Coleman Young must have had the blueprint.

20 posted on 03/04/2013 5:18:51 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: lowbridge

Go read the comments to the article. WOW! Tell it like it is. No political correctness there.


21 posted on 03/04/2013 5:22:41 PM PST by upchuck (nobama fact #69: For each job created by the nobama administration, 75 people went on food stamps.)
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To: upchuck

Most everyone who wants to work and have a life not dictated by the government have left.


22 posted on 03/04/2013 5:36:45 PM PST by Jvette
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To: upchuck

“One of them mentioned that Detroit is 80% black. I knew the black population was high but was surprised it is that high.
And therein lies, IMHO, the big difference between Detroit and the rest of the US.”

More importantly, the headline misses the fact that it was Black RAT “leadership” since 1972, when Coleman Young started his twenty year “tenure” as the Mayor of Detroit, that has brought the city down.I don’t believe that there is a non-Black on the city council today.


23 posted on 03/04/2013 5:42:47 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Calvin Locke

Whatever tricks that the would be tyrants will use or have used on the free is up to the free to be prepared for.

It is their freedom afterall.

Those who would rule plot endlessly, while those who are free stop plotting as soon as they are free it would seem.

Once one is free, one must then stay free or one will not be free.

That is the way of man, and to assume anything else will result in being a subject.

If a free man is aware of plots against his freedom, there really is only one effective answer to such plots.


24 posted on 03/04/2013 5:43:09 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: vette6387

(Pictured, L to R, are: City Council Member Sheila Cockrel, Council President Kenneth Cockrel Jr., Council President Pro Tempore Monica Conyers, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett, Secretary Land, City Clerk Janice Winfrey, City Elections Director Daniel Baxter, Council Member Joann Watson, Council Member Brenda Jones, Council Member Kwame Kenyatta, Council Member Martha Reeves and Council Member Alberta Tinsley-Talabi.)

25 posted on 03/04/2013 5:46:56 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: vette6387

26 posted on 03/04/2013 5:48:17 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: lowbridge

We know “how”. They “why” is a more important question to my mind.


27 posted on 03/04/2013 5:54:42 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: lowbridge; All

Criminals (mostly Democrat) Destroyed Detroit. We are still awaiting the verdict on the greatest criminal in Michigan history...

http://www.freep.com/article/20130304/NEWS0102/130304094/Kwame-Kilpatrick-corruption-trial-Day-10-deliberations?odyssey=nav%7Chead

The damage they have done is incalculable.


28 posted on 03/04/2013 6:02:54 PM PST by PGalt
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To: nascarnation

I read that Martha Reeves (Martha from Martha and the Vandellas) used to be on the Detroit City Council. Now they have a retired NBA player (Bing) as mayor.


29 posted on 03/04/2013 6:03:56 PM PST by vette6387
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To: nascarnation

Yup, not a white male in the bunch. And I virtually guarantee that it isn’t by accident.


30 posted on 03/04/2013 6:25:04 PM PST by lado
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To: Le Chien Rouge

A particular subset of democrats destroyed Detroit. If liberalism alone could destroy a city Portland would be a wasteland rather than one of America’s most livable areas.


31 posted on 03/04/2013 6:29:01 PM PST by American Guesser
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To: postban; taildragger; All

BUMP! BUMP! for Mark Scott mentions in a great thread. (RIP, sir)


32 posted on 03/04/2013 6:43:27 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Democrat damaged Detroit

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33 posted on 03/04/2013 7:12:13 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: blueunicorn6

Correct me if I’m wrong, but in constitutionally aren’t municipal governments creatures of the States? If so, the State can limit the authority of elected officials in terms of what they can regulate, how they can raise revenue and under what circumstances they can go into debt. A good start would be to eliminate the power to tax income and to restrict borrowing to capital projects only. The cities here have all prospered under those conditions.


34 posted on 03/04/2013 8:01:26 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: lowbridge

“Kwame Kilpatrick, who served as Mayor from 2002 to 2008, represents the epitome of corruption.”

Yet if he could legally run in the next election, the typical Detroiter would vote for him! I’d bet a paycheck that he would win by 60% or more.


35 posted on 03/05/2013 7:34:58 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: blueunicorn6

One potential solution is to let them live with the results of their choices. Detroit is the way it is simply because we keep subsidizing their idiocy with federal and state funds....


36 posted on 03/05/2013 8:37:38 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Toespi

“There would never be such a study conducted, but if there was,”

Actually, a study has been conducted and it absolutely proves your assertions. It is titled “Detroit.”


37 posted on 03/05/2013 8:44:28 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: vette6387

Sad part. Bing’s the best mayor of Detroit in my lifetime. He’s also powerless with the council.


38 posted on 03/05/2013 8:48:39 AM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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