Detroit: Where Obama's Policies Take Us

Detroit: Where Obama's Policies Take Us

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Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#1 Mar 11, 2013
Look to Detroit & You'll See Where Obama's Policies Will Take Us

By Jack Kelly - March 10, 2013

If you'd like to get a glimpse of what America would look like if President Barack Obama got his way on everything, take a good look at Detroit.

In 1950, Detroit was America's fifth-largest city, with a population of 1.84 million. Median household income was higher than in any other city. So was the percentage of people who owned their own homes. Detroit was then arguably the best big city in which to live.

Today, Detroit leads Forbes magazine's list of "most miserable cities." It's the fourth-worst run, according to Money magazine. It's second in violent crime, third in murders. Nearly half of Detroiters of working age are unemployed.

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Some decline was inevitable because the world of 1950 was uniquely beneficial to Detroit.

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But most wounds were self-inflicted. Cars built by GM, Ford, Chrysler and American Motors cost more and were less reliable than cars built in Germany and Japan. Chiefly responsible were the contracts won by the United Auto Workers, then America's most powerful union. It wasn't so much the lavish pay and benefits as the featherbedding work rules which guaranteed cars built in Michigan would cost more and break down more often than cars built elsewhere.

The auto industry has bounced back some. Several Ford and GM sedans are now rated as more reliable than the imports with which they compete. But Detroit's decline has accelerated. That's because for half a century, Detroit has been governed by the policies President Obama advocates.(Detroit's last Republican mayor was Louis Miriani, who left office in 1962.)

The problem is that liberals judge policies on the basis of what is promised, not on what is delivered. That's because liberalism in practice means:

A large and expensive public work force but deteriorating public services. Detroit in 2011 had 12,900 city employees, one for every 55 residents. Of the cities closest to Detroit in population, Columbus, Ohio, had one city employee for every 95 residents; Charlotte, N.C., had one for every 109; Fort Worth had one for every 118 residents.

Schools stink, buses are late and infrastructure deteriorates because Democratic politicians depend on public employee unions for votes and campaign contributions. So they hire as many public employees as they can, overpay them and don't require them to do much.

High taxes. Despite an average home price barely more than a tenth that of the next lowest city, Detroit has the highest property taxes in the country, according to a 2011 study. When all city levies are included, Detroit had the ninth-highest taxes. Because median income is so low, the tax burden on Detroiters is heavier than these data indicate.

High property taxes have spurred tax evasion on a mammoth scale -- half of Detroiters don't pay their property tax bills -- and flight to the suburbs.

Massive debt. Detroit's long- term debt is $14 billion, equivalent to nearly a third of what the city collects in taxes. Detroit's finances are in such bad shape that last week Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed an emergency manager to restructure them.

Democrats emphasize redistribution of wealth. Before wealth can be redistributed, it must be created. Liberal policies destroy wealth. Those who suffer most are precisely those Democrats say they're helping. In the Detroit of 1950 -- when no city in the world was creating more wealth -- the poor and the middle class were far better off.

Jack Kelly is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio.
Oliver Canterberry

Chillicothe, OH

#2 Mar 13, 2013
What an excellent article. Many of the flaws in Detroit are also evident in Columbus, specifically the high property taxes and declining home values. However this is more an example of an "African" government, Black Rule, as seen in Haiti, Somalia, Sudan, Harlem or Detroit. As the percentage of Whites decline due to low birth rate, look for these conditions to increase.

High taxes. Despite an average home price barely more than a tenth that of the next lowest city, Detroit has the highest property taxes in the country, according to a 2011 study. When all city levies are included, Detroit had the ninth-highest taxes. Because median income is so low, the tax burden on Detroiters is heavier than these data indicate:

High property taxes have spurred tax evasion on a mammoth scale -- half of Detroiters don't pay their property tax bills -- and flight to the suburbs.

Democrats emphasize redistribution of wealth. Before wealth can be redistributed, it must be created. Liberal policies destroy wealth. Those who suffer most are precisely those Democrats say they're helping. In the Detroit of 1950 -- when no city in the world was creating more wealth -- the poor and the middle class were far better off.

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