The Banana Republic of Detroit
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  • Anthony

    For additional context, see Detroit: An American Autopsy (Charlie LeDuff).

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “No doubt stories like these will feed the hounds slavering for proof that rule by Democrats is a recipe for apocalyptic decline into Margaret Atwood-style dystopia. But if they really want to help the lives of ordinary people, politicians should focus less on propounding the inherent evils of government and instead work harder to make the government we have more efficient, lean, user-friendly, and tech-savvy.”

    Excuse me! But clearly one group, the Red State Republicans are doing the job, while the other group, the Blue Model Democrats, clearly are not. So, if you really want to help the lives of ordinary people, you will point out that Firing the Democrats, and Hiring the Republicans, will make the government more efficient, lean, user-friendly, and tech-savvy. While giving a pass to the Democrats and failing to properly critic and chastise them, is just a recipe for apocalyptic decline into Margaret Atwood-style dystopia.

    • Bruce

      Here is the most brilliant quote on the whole Detroit affair. It’s by Steven Rattner, former Car Czar. “But apart from voting in elections, the 700,000 remaining residents of the Motor City are no more responsible for Detroit’s problems than were the victims of Hurricane Sandy for theirs.” The conclusion is that voting for corruption does not make you culpable for the bad governance that follows. When people in power think like this, the masses follow and you have decline as people excuse themselves from all responsibility for anything. Amazing.

    • Pete

      History will show that the modern Democratic Party is the most destructive force that ever plagued the U.S.

  • gwvanderleun

    If Obama had an outdoor meat market it would look like Detroit.

  • Tom C

    Congratulations writing this post without mentioning the decline of auto manufacturing. I didn’t think you would embarrass yourself so eagerly. It’s almost as if you don’t realize that every single reader will know immediately that you’ve skipped right past the entire problem.

    • Tom

      Other American cities have dealt with declining industries–Pittsburgh and Birmingham with steel, for example–and yet have still managed to avoid becoming complete ratholes like Detroit.

  • NCMountainGirl

    I find it fascinating that Coleman Young was the first mayor elected under a revised city charter. Like so many systems that are sold as empowering dispassionate experts it created an unaccountable bureaucracy.

  • Corlyss

    “No doubt stories like these will feed the hounds slavering for proof that rule by Democrats is a recipe for apocalyptic decline into Margaret Atwood-style dystopia.”

    Well, I say you’d have to include the feckless RINOs who think like Dems. Post VietNam Democrats are incapable of governing. That generation thinks the only purpose for government is to create income equality. It’s only incidental that the economic equality they create is wide-spread poverty.

  • Hubbub

    There is no such thing as a “more efficient, lean, user-friendly, and tech-savvy” government. Each of those adjectives veils what government is and does. Governments are by design and establishment grossly inefficient, prone to obesity, complicated quagmires and stuck on idle in an age of change. Doing things the old way is always the best way.

    Government may be a positive evil, but it is in no way the opposite – a negative good.

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