If I had access to other people’s money, I could do a lot of things. If I could take money from my neighbors at no cost to me, I could rebuild a lot of things.
But I can’t. You and I can’t. We’re not the government. We don’t have a license to steal.
There are a lot of Democrat voters in Detroit. Liberals need Detroit to win elections.
Aretha Franklin grew up singing in her father’s Baptist church in Detroit. Like I have fond memories of Pittsburgh where I grew up, she has fond memories of her hometown. If she wants to see Detroit rise from the ashes, then she can get her Motown friends together and donate their own money.
Better yet, go to Detroit and set up businesses. Buy some dilapidated neighborhoods — there are hundreds of them — fix up the homes, and flip them. “There are lots of houses available for sale in Detroit right now for $500 or less.”
Franklin says “between new and dynamic leadership with the Big Three [automakers], the private sector, and a little help from D.C., Detroit’s best and most glorious days are still ahead.” Not if the government gets involved.
The government and union pressures got Detroit into its fiscal mess. Keep the Democrats and Washington out of the equation.
Here are some startling facts about Detroit from the American Thinker:
- Back in 1960, the city of Detroit actually had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.
- About one-third of Detroit’s 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.
- An astounding 47 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.
- Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.
- If you can believe it, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.
- Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, but over the past 60 years the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent.
- The city of Detroit is now very heavily dependent on the tax revenue it pulls in from the casinos in the city. Right now, Detroit is bringing in about 11 million dollars a month in tax revenue from the casinos.
Ed Schultz , along with fellow MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, “claimed that Detroit had filed for bankruptcy because the city had a government that was just too small,” arguing that “Republican policies” led Detroit to become a “conservative utopia.” How is that possible given that from 1962 to today, all of Detroit’s mayors have been Democrats?
Liberal Sally Kohn said something similar, but Charles Krauthammer set her straight (not really, since she practices same-sex sex):