Detroit has recently declared bankruptcy, a declaration overturned by a judge. It is going broke as its residents flee. Humorously, the city was featured in the Survival TV show Apocalypse Man, about how to scrounge for food and shelter in a post-apocalyptic world. Abandoned buildings and houses were plentiful in this real world post-apocalyptic city. What is especially telling is that this city was once the richest city in the US, until the leftists began their programs:
Imagine a city where all the major economic planks of the statist or “progressive” platform have been enacted:
-A “living wage” ordinance, far above the federal minimum wage, for all public employees and private contractors.
-A school system that spends significantly more per pupil than the national average.
-A powerful school employee union that militantly defends the exceptional pay, benefits and job security it has won for its members.
-Other government employee unions that do the same for their members.
-A tax system that aggressively redistributes income from businesses and the wealthy to the poor and to government bureaucracies.
Would this be a shining city on a hill, exciting the admiration of all?
The article continues:
In 1950, Detroit was the wealthiest city in America on a per capita income basis. Today, the Census Bureau reports that it is the nation’s 2nd poorest major city, just “edging out” Cleveland.
Detroit is bankrupt, and its problems appear to be unsolvable. Its population peaked in 1950 at 1,850,000 only to fall to 706,000 in 2011, surely representative of people voting with their feet.
So the most liberal city in American destroyed itself in about 60 years, but don’t worry. Unable to provide police to stop crime, gardeners to maintain parks, and garbage pickup, the State will spend its time cracking down on unlicensed businesses.
Another funny side note, one of my friends used to work for a demolition company and he was detailing to me accidentally destroying the wrong house in Detroit. There are entire blocks of empty houses in which people live with literally no possessions! This is the utopia that socialism creates.