Detroit: 49 Years Of The Liberal Agenda

One theme covered extensively at motorcitytimes.com is the failings of liberalism in Detroit.

Much has been made over the newly released 2010 census data showing that there are now only 713,777 residents in Detroit. The numbers put into perspective the abject failure LBJ (and his fellow liberals) Great Society project has been.

Detroit was the prototype for LBJ’s grand social experiment that put big government front and center in all affairs. Looking at the results today, there is no denying that big government has failed miserably.

Detroit was once an economic powerhouse. Today it home to staggeringly high unemployment. Worse, accompanying the high unemployment, there is another interesting and under-reported statistic that does not bode well for the city. Detroit’s two largest employers , by far, are the city itself and Detroit Public Schools.

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Looking even more closely at the list of major employers in Detroit one can see that there is something is seriously wrong with this picture:
This unsustainable employment unbalance between public and private sector employment is a direct result of Detroit putting government front and center in its economy much like what Washington is doing today. Nearly half of the people working at Detroit’s top 20 twenty employers do not contribute anything to its economy (government, including education, is an expense) and in fact subtract from the economy.

Looking at the much ballyhooed 2010 census data you can see one unmistakable fact. People are voting with their feet , leaving Detroit and the results of LBJ’s Great Society experiment.

Detroit was supposed to be the model progressive city. Today, people are fleeing the city as fast as possible.

Comments
  • Martin March 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Excellent, summary. Depressing as hell, but excellent writing. It’s such a shame to see a once proud chunk of Americana destroyed.

    • steve March 24, 2011 at 6:17 am

      It is really sad. 1.1 million more people have left Detroit during the last 60 years than moved into it. Some areas are a ghost town.

      Thanks for the nice complement.

  • Ike March 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    If you think that’s depressing, consider this: at this time, an estimated 300,000 people in Detroit are unable to read, write and perform simple arithmatic. Now, the depressing part: what is to be done with/for/to/about – choose your own verb – all of those folks who are utterly unable to participate in self-government, a modern economy and who are increasing their numbers every year by way of ‘single-parent’ births and an utterly incompetent school system??

    • steve March 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Detroit Public School System is an abject failure as well and is one of the primary contributors to the mass exodus. No parent would want to subject their kids to the DPS.

  • Matt March 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I linked this. It is as complete lesson on the failure of liberalism as anyone can find.

    • steve March 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • John Carey March 25, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Why can’t the good people of Detroit add this simple equation up? I mean have them become so dependent on government goodies that they simply don’t know any better?

    • steve March 25, 2011 at 6:09 am

      No jobs, crime, and a failing school system have so many people fed up with the incompetence of Detroit that they have picked up and left the city.

      It is a mess.

  • Cynical Synapse March 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    John Carey
    Why can’t the good people of Detroit add this simple equation up? I mean have them become so dependent on government goodies that they simply don’t know any better?

    It’s not as simple as it may seem. Metro Detroit is very polarized, geographically, racially, and politically. Detroiters consider themselves east siders or west siders and have no interest in the other side.

    Then there is Detroit and Coleman Young’s “hostile suburbs.” Lest anyone wants to blame Detroit for this, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has both his hands in this. The recent near debacle with making Cobo Center a regional center in order to keep the North American International Auto Show is a perfect case in point.

    Politically, affluent Oakland County tends to be Republican while Detroit is largely Democratic. The suburbs, themselves, may not be particularly hostile.

    More importantly, how do we fix what’s wrong with Detroit? I think it simply boils down to providing good education and marketable skills.

    • steve March 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Politically, affluent Oakland County tends to be Republican while Detroit is largely Democratic.

      I use to think the same thing about Oakland Co. as well and I’m sure it was true at one time. However Oakland Co. has been drifting leftward for at least a decade.

      Royal Oak (the Berkley California of Michigan) is not exactly a hotbed of conservative thought.

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