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Conservatives screwed Detroit, reason #12546

They can’t be serious, surely.

From our deep thinking and intellectual friends at Salon.com, an article with the fascinating title of Why the right hates Detroit.

As payback for the worldwide revolution symbolized by hot jazz, Smokey Robinson dancin’ to keep from cryin’ and Eminem trading verses with Rihanna, New Orleans and Detroit had to be punished. Specifically, they had to be isolated, impoverished and almost literally destroyed, so they could be held up as examples of what happens when black people are allowed to govern themselves.

This is where the writer drops into paranoia, fantasy and paranoia.

7 Comments

  1. RAB says:

    I will leave it to Paul Marks to eviscerate this steaming pile of shite from Salon.

    In the mean time let’s remember when they made great cars and great music before the Democrats ruined it for everybody….

  2. John Galt says:

    The problem here is that it’s not about sticking it to Detroit for them electing black mayors who have run Detroit since 1974.

    Detroit has been in gradual decline since the 1950′s when they lost 150,000 jobs and the closure of Packard, Hudson, and Studebaker as well as associated 2nd and 3rd tier manufacturers.

    This was exacerbated over real and perceived issues with crime and resulting flight of whites out of the city and into the suburbs and beyond. This meant that although the population has dropped by 60% since the 1950′s, the concentration of blacks has increased as they are financially unable or unwilling to leave.

    With the flight of both jobs and income, tax receipts have bottomed out until the city was running year-on-year deficits with no possibility of balancing the books in the short, medium or long term future.

    This has been exacerbated by the number of public sector workers not mirror the decline in population or public sector wages being adjusted to reflect the reduced cost of living or budget constraints. As usual, the Mayor is in hock to the unions and the unions are bleeding the city dry.

    The only way to force a renegotiation of union contracts was for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, a move that the unions tried to block and which it is now trying to reverse through a petition that the move is unconstitutional.

    The problem here is not about black power, but about union strangleholds.

    Nobody can seriously think that a city of 700,000 people needs 30,000 public sector ‘workers’ and it certainly can no longer afford them.

  3. Current says:

    A good article from the man who ran Detroit’s transport department:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323829104578623422748612116.html

  4. Sam Duncan says:

    Mark Steyn:

    With bankruptcy temporarily struck down, we’re told that “innovation hubs” and “enterprise zones” are the answer. Seriously? In my book After America, I observe that the physical decay of Detroit — the vacant and derelict lots for block after block after block — is as nothing compared to the decay of the city’s human capital. Forty-seven percent of adults are functionally illiterate, which is about the same rate as the Central African Republic, which at least has the excuse that it was ruled throughout the Seventies by a cannibal emperor. Why would any genuine innovator open a business in a Detroit “innovation hub”? Whom would you employ? The illiterates include a recent president of the school board, Otis Mathis, which doesn’t bode well for the potential work force a decade hence.

    But sure, it was the conservatives’ fault.

  5. Mr Ed says:

    Just over the Detroit River, lies Windsor, Ontario, in sight of Detroit. Yet the forces destroying Detroit stop mid-river, and life goes on with one of Canada’s lowest homicide rates.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor,_Ontario

    I did read last month that a Windsor resident had eight cans of beer and decided to swim to Detroit, miraculously surviving the numerous hazards before being fished out of the water and cited in Windsor for a minor infraction, rather than a lone invasion of the USA.

    Frontiers constrain people, but they also contain States. How long before the contrast between the two locations will be like that between Corfu and Albania in 1984?

  6. John Galt says:

    I wonder how long it will be until the Canadians start building a fence?

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